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Weekend Reading List: Beasts, bots, and backlash


  • I think everyone who plays tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder has had times when the game went a little off the rails, or players made things uncomfortable for others, but these stories, compiled by io9, are absolutely bonkers.
  • NEW FEMINIST FREQUENCY VIDEO YEAH. This time it’s all about sexy ladies being offered up as prizes in video games, starting with a perhaps controversial example: Metroid‘s Samus Aran.
  • Speaking of Samus, Brianna Wu co-wrote a piece about the potential for the character to be a trans woman (giving both historical evidence and reviewing the reasons why fans need more trans representation). You may know Wu from when she was on the receiving end of GamerGate’s endless cascade of filth, and much the same thing happened to her here, prompting her to write a follow up piece taking geekdom to task. [The Mary Sue]
  • At some point I’m going to rewatch Ex Machina and write a blog post detailing exactly why I fell hard for this film, but in the meantime the Nerds of Color have a piece about how there’s a difference between insensitively portraying abuse for shock value, and framing abuse to show how awful it truly is, and how awful the characters perpetrating it are.
  • This week in looking critically at Disney: Bitch has a fascinating interview with Walidah Imarisha on the racial politics of Disney animals, and Four Three Film thoroughly breaks down gender representation in animation, and how the limited ways women and girls are designed in mainstream films are insufficient.
  • The cast for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently entirely white, and this is unacceptable. [The Mary Sue]
  • Bitch on Mad Max, action heroes, vulnerability, and compassion.

Image by Nikkie Stinchcombe


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Monthly Reading List Part I!


Unfridged has been on hiatus for a while now, so to get us back into the swing of things, here’s what you may have missed in this first part of 2015:

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Weekend Reading List: Shipping, shirts, and sea witches


Sometimes I neglect you for a week, but then there is so much new content when I get back that you have no choice but to forgive me, right? Right:

Top image: “Break the Ocean,” by Olga “Asu” Andriyenko.

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Weekend Reading List: Crones, consent, and Captain Marvel

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Top image: Still from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night trailer.

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Weekend Reading List: Witches, werewolves, women in games


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Weekend Reading List: Acceptable princesses and electrical powers


And more Gamergate coverage:

Top image: The only reasonable response to Gamergate Wonder Woman #174, Phil Jimenez

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Weekend Reading List: Ghosts, ghouls, and gamergaters


And I really wish I didn’t have to, but here’s this week’s #gamergate update:

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Weekend Reading List: Cartooning advice, Cho Chang, and The Craft


  • Looks like more Twin Peaks episodes are definitely in the cards! I’m very excited, Diane! [Deadline]
  • Vulture has some extra speculation about the setting, returning characters, and what new additions there might be to the show.
  • The Mary Sue takes a look at Buffy’s relationship with Riley (God I hate Riley) and the emotional abuse he put her through in the wake of the big conversation we’ve been having about domestic abuse and #whyIstayed.
  • Another Femslash Friday! This time it’s The Craft. Wait, you haven’t seen The Craft? Go see The Craft immediately. [The Toast]
  • Okay so in addition to being part of a weekly horror movie screening club, I’ve recently started reading a book called House of Psychotic Women (it’s excellent by the way, and worth checking out). On the one hand, it may explain my recent insomnia, but on the other, I’m now super obsessed with how women are portrayed in horror cinema. And since Autostraddle always seems to know exactly what I want to read, they’ve got a list of (mostly queer) lady monsters in film.
  • The always great MariNaomi wanted to come up with tips on writing people of colour (when you are a person of another colour), and asked a bunch of cartoonists (including Elisha Lim!) for their help. [Midnight Breakfast]
  • #Gamergate continues to rage on, and I continue to lose what little hope I have for us as a species. Game developer Brianna Wu had the temerity to poke fun at the toxic wastes of space known collectively as Gamergaters, and was summarily doxxed, threatened with rape and murder, and driven out of her home. There is no excuse. [We Hunted the Mammoth]
  • While on the topic, Anita Sarkeesian spoke at XOXO Festival in detail about the campaign of harassment against her. You should definitely watch the whole thing, but the main takeaway? “One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they tell you about their experiences.”
  • Slam poem of the week: “To JK Rowling, From Cho Chang.” Do it, click it, learn it.

Top image (my new favourite thing of all time) by Abraham Perez

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Weekend Reading List: Frank N. Furter lipstick and libraries of the future


  • In the wake of #GamerGate, dozens (hundreds?) of people involved in the gaming industry have signed an open letter to the gaming community, embracing diversity and asking for members to put a stop to discrimination when they see it. [Medium]
  • MAC is launching a Rocky Horror-themed makeup collection, if that’s the sort of thing you’re into. (It is absolutely the sort of thing I’m into.) [Bustle]
  • Jezebel visited BronyCon, and discussed a few interesting things other conventions might want to pay attention to, particularly the diversity of attendees and dealing with their different comfort levels.
  • A woman allegedly got fired from her comic store job for complaining about a storage room called the “rape room.” I can’t even with this bullshit. Stop. [Bleeding Cool]
  •  Jenny Trout, also known as paranormal romance writer Jennifer Armintrout, recapped the first one and a half seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on her blog, paying particular attention to some reoccurring problems, including “Xander is a textbook Nice Guy” and “Sex is the real villain of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer universe.” She brings all the wit I remember from her epic takedown of 50 Shades of Grey.
  • The Mary Sue has an intense piece on why it can sometimes take until adulthood to fully embrace nerdy interests (hint: it is sexism). It’s a topic I will definitely be revisiting myself, and it’s worth a look.
  • Researchers at Ohio State University used Second Life to see if less racial diversity in MMOs correlates to players choosing whiter-looking avatars for themselves. Unsurprisingly, it does. [The Mary Sue]
  • Margaret Atwood’s just been named the first contributor to the Future Library project, so we won’t be able to read what she’s working on until our consciousnesses have been uploaded into mechanical bodies, living on forever. [The Guardian]
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Weekend Reading List: Potter porn and #GamerGate


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