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WWDWD: What Would Dark Willow Do?


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Weekend Reading List: FemLove and fitting in


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Weekend Reading List: Russian rebels and pretty floral bonnets


  • Years ago I went sailing in British Columbia’s Desolation Sound, and for a whole day the water was totally choked with little white jellyfish. They were so thick that it seemed like there were more jellyfish than actual ocean. By evening they were gone though, so I figured we’d passed them by and I could go for a pre-dinner snorkel. I jump in, stick my face in the water, and what do I see? Not even six feet from the surface, WALL OF JELLYFISH. Cue hysterical underwater panic attack. All of this to say that I might not be totally unbiased when it comes to jellyfish, BUT, you guys, ZOMBIE JELLYFISH EXIST, and also there are lots of different kinds that can kill you in minutes and they’re TAKING OVER THE WORLD. [Grist/The New York Review of Books]
  • I’ve started playing Winterstrike, a text adventure written by Yoon Ha Lee over at Storynexus, and I can’t recommend it enough. In the game, you explore the ice-locked city of Iria, trying to figure out what happened during the cataclysmic winterstrike, and a highlight for me is definitely that many of the characters you encounter—merchants, duelists, and militia members—are women. You can also choose to be ambiguously gendered, which doesn’t happen often in games. It’s details like that that are really meaningful and make the world richer.
  • Racialicious asks if, in all the hullaballoo about the new Miss America, we’re forgetting that she’s super geeky.
  • Would you like a $100 3D printer? Kickstarter’s got you covered.
  • How does a 15 year-old shoot her way out of a Nazi interrogation room? Find out more about Zinaida Portnova at the Toast.

Top image by Jake Lawrence of Timecowboy!

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Weekend Reading List: Final Girls and Wonder Women


  • Vulture talks to Gina Torres about her work, being the tallest person in the room, and the campaign to have her play Wonder Woman (which I am totally on board with, because Gina Torres is already the Wonder Woman of my heart).
  • Discover reports that men who present themselves as less stereotypically masculine have lower rates of heart disease. It’s not a perfect article, but it’s always great to have more reasons to talk about how rigidly we still define gender and how much value we still attribute to hypermasculinity.
  • This really wonderful discussion on queerness in the Black community and the stigma of loving trans* women features Orange is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox as an added bonus. [Colorlines]
  • US servicewomen were asked what they thought about their portrayal in video games, and their answers are fantastic. They pull no punches and draw some interesting parallels between women fighting misogyny in the military, and women fighting misogyny in gaming. [The Jace Hall Show]
  • We may get a horror drama in which Jamie Lee Curtis recruits a bunch of “final girls” from horror movies, bringing them together to “channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good.” Just let that bit of awesome sink in for a moment. [Deadline]
  • The 6th World is a short film that follows Tazbah Redhouse, a Navajo astronaut on her way to colonize Mars. The short, by director Nanobah Becker, is a really cool blending of science fiction and Navajo origin stories, with some environmental overtones thrown in. You can watch it here.
  • According to Native Appropriations, the Canadian iTunes app store has begun censoring a racial slur—even though it’s the name of a certain American football team—setting a pretty great precedent.
  • And à propos of absolutely nothing, someone used pictures of James Franco as covers for classic books, and I love it. [BookRiot]

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