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Weekend Reading List: Sneaky Bisexuals and Space Bees


  • The Smithsonian magazine explores how much science fiction literature affects the actual progress of science.
  • I am pretty concerned—obviously, given the title of this blog—with the killing off of women for narrative purposes. It’s a very common trope, and one that has it’s own genre: the Dead Girl Show. The Los Angeles Review of Books has an interesting take on the subject, coming to the conclusion that shows like Twin PeaksVeronica Mars, and True Detective both forbid the Dead Girl from having any real agency, from even being a character on her own show, and “cast girls as wild, vulnerable creatures who need to be protected from the power of their own sexualities.”
  • A little while ago I linked to Janelle Asselin’s critique of the Teen Titans #1 cover, an insightful look at comics’ ongoing problems with bad art (and a particular type of bad art that manifests as wonky anatomy and needless sexualization of any and all women). Shocking pretty much nobody, Asselin was severely abused for daring to have an opinion, and has since received rape threats. [The Daily Beast]
  • We Are Comics is a great Tumblr that collects pictures and testimonials from loving, loyal fans, in the process showing the wonderful diversity of the folks who love everything from Superman to Sandman.
  • There’s something about a unified canon, a set of events that happened and that everyone agrees on, that really appeals to my straight-laced side. It’s why Disney throwing away the entire Star Wars expanded universe really bothered me. (I can see why they wanted to streamline, but they also really threw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to amazing, interesting female characters). The Mary Sue, however, makes a compelling case for not caring about canon at all, that we shouldn’t let big, profit-seeking corporations dictate which stories are privileged over others. And, you know, fair point.
  • Speaking of Star Wars, what if the reason there are so few female parts is that the main characters aren’t human at all, but are actually insectoid hive creatures who have a very different understanding of gender. It’s as good a theory as any. [Max Gladstone]
  • Autostraddle tackles Orphan Black‘s Delphine and the trope of the bisexual femme fatale.
  • There’s some pretty interesting research being done on male World of Warcraft gamers who choose to play with female avatars. The study found that the men pretty drastically changed their gameplay when playing as women, but not in ways that resembled how women actually play. [Geekosystem]
  • Ever remember the Sims you left behind? Because they never forgot you. [The New Yorker]
  • The Mary Sue is still doing its “Agent of S.T.Y.L.E” series, this time with everyone’s favourite green glamazon, She-Hulk.

Top image: She-Hulk #4 cover by Kevin Wada.

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Weekend Reading List: Inadequate representation and imperfect armour


  • The Mary Sue has a two part interview with Dark Horse Comics’ Scott Allie. In part one they discuss Buffy, Tomb Raider, and keeping fans happy, and part two takes on women in comics more specifically, Hellboy, Veil, and more!
  • Also from the Mary Sue, the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film released a report on gender representation in 2013, and the results are pretty dismal. Among many disheartening statistics is the fact that only thirty per cent of speaking roles last year went to women. Oh and only three percent of women on screen are Asian. Also at three per cent? Female aliens and other fantasy races.
  • Ever looked at female armour and seen exactly the same things done wrong again and again? What you need is Female Armour Bingo! [Bikini Armor Battle Damage]
  • Geekosystem has a followup to the Toronto Comic Con “cuddle a cosplayer” debacle. It’s weird.
  • Jezebel has a really beautiful piece about the endemic levels of rape, and how deeply infuriating it is that personal safety is a daily concern for women.
  •  The creators of Desktop Dungeons made a conscious decision to include more and better-portrayed women in their game, but found themselves falling back on the sexist tropes with which they were familiar. The Atlantic chronicles their efforts, missteps, and what they learned.
  • If you happen to speak French, here’s a great interview with illustrator Élise Gravel. [Camp Ouareau]
  • I stumbled across this perfect response to your typical “why don’t men/white people/straight people have their special clubs/scholarships/history months” whining, and had to share.
  • Last night I got to see the new Veronica Mars movie, and it was stupendous. Go see it! And in the meantime, here’s the trailer.
  • Everybody loves Tove Jansson these days, and for good reason! BBC News talks about the Moomins, and the influence WWII and Jansson’s relationship with Vivicka Bandler had on the adorable trolls/hippos we all know and care for.
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Weekend Reading List: FemLove and fitting in


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