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Weekend Reading List: Trailers and time travellers

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Image from Belle & Tina are Time Travellers

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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: Genderbent captains and gaming couples

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Weekend Reading List: Trans* representation and troubles with tribbles

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  • Let’s start things off with a wonderful Medium piece about the history of ambiguously gendered characters in anime and manga, and how the North American versions of these stories are slowly catching up.
  • The Mary Sue interviews Teal Sherer, whose My Gimpy Life webseries was successfully funded and is getting a second season in February. She talks about the upcoming episodes, Hollywood, and being an actress with a disability. You can watch season one here.
  • This piece on Racialicious makes a solid case for an overrepresentation of people of colour in film, that we shouldn’t just be striving for better representation, but should be actively humanizing people of colour by seeing them in a variety of roles, everywhere and all the time.
  • Whether or not you’re generally a fan of the gchat interview, The Hairpin talking to game designer/trans* woman/badass Porpentine is worth the read.
  • Being trans*, genderqueer or an otherwise non-binary person can offer some interesting insights, as this piece, “It is Easier Now That I Look Like a Guy,” about the tech industry, shows. [Geek Feminism]
  • A developer was approached via Facebook by a games reporter, and the conversation very quickly became both harassment and deeply unprofessional. A screenshot of the exchange made the rounds a little while ago, and now Kotaku has interviewed her. She stays anonymous, but does explain the shock you feel when these things happen, and the sense of powerlessness they can leave you with.
  • “So here I was, at the ripe age of twenty-four, actually considering whether the vibrating insides of a tribble would be enough to get me off.” When you try to MacGyver a sex toy from childhood possessions, fun things happen. [The Toast]
  • Lana del Rey’s cover of “Once Upon a Dream” is beautiful, haunting, actually making me excited for the upcoming Maleficent.
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Weekend Reading List: Sylvan elves and sisterly love

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Weekend Reading List: Convention policies and slash pairings

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  • Have you ever wondered what would happen if Disney villains were on Grindr? Well here’s your answer. (It’s not particularly NSFW unless someone’s reading over your shoulder.) [Everything Gay]
  • Writing with Michelle raises some excellent points on the lack of lesbian characters in television, and the need to continue pushing for more representation. I really enjoyed her call for more inclusion, and not just because she name drops Warehouse 13‘s Myka and Helena (who should totes be together4ever), Who‘s Vastra and Jenny, and of course Willow and Tara and Xena and Gabrielle. (I’m purposefully leaving out that last comma because how great would that fanfic be?)
  • Feminist skeptic website Skepchick were told to pack up their booth at Dragon*Con, in what appear to be very shady circumstances.
  • Talking about conventions more broadly, the Ada Initiative has an excellent and thorough timeline of con harassment in the SF/F, scepticism/atheism, and free and open source software communities. The information is incredibly well presented, and it manages to be chilling and comforting all at the same time.
  • And while we’re on the subject (I’ve got cons on the brain, #mtlcomiccon next week!), this wonderful (if older) article outlines exactly why “just hit your harasser” is not a valid response. [Geek Feminism]
  • To leave off on a more lighthearted note, the Hairpin predicts the survival rates of Orange is the New Black characters, should they be suddenly transported to Westeros.
  • Adam Ellis makes tiny paper crafted hats for cats. Because The Internet.
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