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Weekend Reading List: Baby, it’s been a while

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Weekend Reading List: Poltergeists, Pokemon, Power

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Image: “Who you gonna call,” Delaney Januzzi

 

 

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Weekend Reading List: Game Babes and Good Byes

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Weekend Reading List: Busting up gender all over the place

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It’s been a while, how’ve you been?

Image: Film still from Hidden Figures

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Weekend Reading List: Panels, pirates, prisons

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Top image: Mary Read and Anne Bonny, from Captain Charles Johnson’s A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates. 

 

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Monthly Reading List III

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Weekend Reading List: Night witches and world-changing kisses

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And the almost requisite video game content!

  • Lesbian kisses change the world, you guys! The New Yorker has the story of how an unplanned lady kiss got The Sims made, and it’s such a fun idea that I’m not even going to let “I guess straight guys that make sports games loved the idea of controlling two lesbians” ruin my mood.
  • Final Fantasy XIV will also be allowing same-sex relationships in the game. [Kotaku]
  • There’s a new Feminist Frequency video out! This time the incomparable Anita Sarkeesian takes on “Women as Background Decoration” in her “Tropes vs. Women in Games” series.
  • There’s a Bea Arthur game. THERE’S A BEA ARTHUR GAME. (And no, my excitement doesn’t stem from the fact that I just watched the Golden Girls series finale and sobbed like a little child. Don’t be absurd.) [NewNowNext]
  • In a super disappointing, eyestrain-causing (due to the overzealous rolling of said eyes) move, Ubisoft won’t be including any female protagonists in Assassin’s Creed Unity because “women are too difficult to animate.” Autostraddle has info about the initial shitshow, GameSpot talks about a former Ubisoft developer who’s poking major holes in the company’s excuse that adding playable women would have added a significant amount of work, The Escapist explores the game’s French Revolution setting and why, historically-speaking, women should actually be included, and #WomenAreTooHardToAnimate over on Twitter is great.
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Weekend Reading List: Smut Peddler and Scruffy White Men

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Weekend Reading List: Gwendoline Christie and geek therapy

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  • First, let’s get the really good news out of the way: Star Wars Episode VII cast Lupita Nyongo and Gwendoline Christie, and OH MY GOD WHO WILL THEY PLAY WHAT WILL THEY DO THIS IS SO EXCITING. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • The Mary Sue has a great piece on masculinity and video game violence.
  • “The publishing industry looks a lot like these best-selling teenage dystopias: white and full of people destroying each other to survive.” So says author Daniel José Older, who tackles the risks associated with an all-white publishing industry. [Buzzfeed]
  • In a similar vein, novelist N.K. Jemisin was a recent a guest speaker at WisCon and has a transcript of her speech available on her blog. It’s a great piece of writing about the growing presence of people of colour in genre literature, and the setbacks and dangers they can face.
  • Jezebel looks at HBO, its history of being a pioneer, and where the network has gone wrong, particularly with Game of Thrones and its irresponsible use of female bodies for shock value.
  • Anyone who’s watched the Russel T. Davies and Steven Moffat runs of Doctor Who knows that the latter has a much worse track record when it comes to female characters (both in their number and in their prominence). This infographic, via the Daily Dot, shows very clearly exactly how much both show runners cared about having a variety of women, the amount of time those women spent speaking, and whether they talked to other women at all.
  • Acknowledging the difficulty of being a geek in therapy, and having to bring your therapist up to speed on the community’s issues before even starting to discuss them, the people behind Geek Feminism have put together a wiki-full of resources for therapists.
  • Remember that time Hayao Miyazaki created a music video for Chage and Aska? The Mary Sue does.
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Weekend Reading List: Code crackers and crustacean cretins

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  • Do you like Janelle Monáe, David Bowie, and superheroes? Stupid question, I know, but go watch this video. It’s part of a Pepsi ad campaign, so if I’m sharing it anyway, you know it’s got to be good.
  • If you care about such things, you’re probably aware that Deadpool has been confirmed as queer by the Marvel bigwigs. He’s a fan favourite, so it’s encouraging news, and here’s a Tumblr that takes a pretty in-depth look at the character’s pansexual history, despite some unfortunate typos. [Fuck Yes Deadpool]
  • I’ve been getting back into Futurama in a big way (I blame Burlesgeek, their May the 4th event was MCed by a pitch-perfect Zap Brannigan) and The Toast provides a hard pill to swallow: That we are all, despite our best efforts (and Leela aspirations), a Zoidberg deep inside.
  • Also from the Toast, a beautiful personal narrative that deals with growing up at the intersection of race and sexuality. It wouldn’t normally fall under the purview of this blog, necessarily, but it features Scott Bakula’s Quantum Leap character as “the catalyst for my earliest sexual feelings,” so close enough!
  • Rejoice! Game of Thrones is casting Sand Snakes! (And the Waif!) [io9]
  • A little while ago I mentioned a study that looked at male WoW players who used female avatars, and Slate has what appears to be a followup and explanation for why it happens. Their conclusion? It’s all about the butts.
  • There’s something about the women WWII Colossus computer operators of Bletchley Park that I find endlessly fascinating (for reals, you should all be watching The Bletchley Circle), so I love that the remaining code breakers reunited and took a picture. [The Guardian]
  • I’ve mentioned the “Not All Men” meme before, but in case you’re still wondering what this hip new phrase all the kids are saying is really about, here’s a primer. [Vox]
  • Nintendo released its life simulation game, Tomodachi Life, without any same-gender romance options, and Polygon, among others, was not happy about it.
  • Now I really want to grab a pint with Wonder Woman and talk about how unfair it is that she hasn’t gotten a movie yet. [Dorkly]

Top image is a panel from Ismael Canales‘s Cindi Mayweather fan art comic book.

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