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Weekend Reading List: horror heroines and lovey-dovey vampires

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  • THERE IS A LESBIAN VAMPIRE WEB SERIES BASED ON CARMILLA AND I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT IT. Some things just make no sense in the world. Also, you know how you learn about a thing for the first time, and immediately after you hear about it everywhere? That is happening to me so hard right now. Anyway, Carmilla is great, season two just ended, go watch it.
  • 29 signs you’re actually a witch.” Never felt so much like a muggle tbh. [Buzzfeed]
  • The UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development Working Group on Broadband and Gender (hey mouthful) issued an in-depth report on cyber violence against women and girls and it’s definitely worth a look.
  • Kate Beaton’s new book, Step Aside, Pops, recently came out! It’s great and here she talks about it with Vulture. (Full disclosure I work for the publisher, Drawn & Quarterly, but also the book is fantastic, Kate Beaton is always a good time, and you should be a fan of hers.)
  • You know how there’s an upcoming Jem and the Holograms live-action movie, and people are worried it won’t stay true to the animated series? Well the real Jem watched the trailer and she is PISSED.
  • If you would like to listen to me talk about Star Trek for 45 minutes, then have I got the Random Trek episode for you! Scott McNulty invited me to be the guest in this week’s episode of his podcast, and it was very good fun.
  • And last thing, read this thing from the Toast. I can’t do it justice, so here: “Here at the Final Girl Groves Retirement Home, we provide top-quality live-in care, recreational activities, and social opportunities for Final Girls in their senior years. If you’re a smart, resourceful, pretty-but-not-too-slutty woman who has survived brutal serial killers, zombie attacks, vengeful spirits, and the return of secrets from your own dark past, we believe you deserve to spend your golden years in peace and tranquility.”

Top image from Kate Beaton’s The Princess and the Pony.

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Weekend Reading List: Feminists, fighters, and failures

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  • First up, the Mary Sue on why asking “is this feminist” is rather beside the point.
  • Black Widow was never supposed to resemble Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They both have vastly different origins and motivations, but the Avenger’s recent Age of Ultron story arc, in which she wants to run away and “be monsters” with the Hulk, both needlessly conflates two of Joss Whedon’s best known female heroes and betrays Romanoff’s character development thus far. [The Mary Sue]
  • Which is nerdier: Star Wars or Star Trek? [CollegeHumor]
  • And now it’s all Furiosa all the time! Here’s a beautiful essay on Mad Max, women fighters, and compulsory femininity that also touches on archaeology, Kate Beaton, The Faerie Queene, and Tamora Pierce. So the good stuff. [Hazlitt]
  • The accompanying comic, Furiosa #1, was highly anticipated, but unfortunately fell very short of the mark. It’s wildly offensive, graphically depicts rape, and undoes everything that made the movie revolutionary for its genre, as this Shakesville article clearly and thoroughly shows.
  • And then comic co-creator Mark Sexton responded to this criticism… poorly, saying that if the Wives (who are, let’s remember, kept in captivity as broodmares) hadn’t been assaulted in the pages of the comic, they would have seemed like spoiled children who didn’t know how good their lives were. I’m not really able to respond coherently. [The Mary Sue]
  • It’s important to aim for greater racial diversity in films (and especially important not to dismiss those who advocate for it) and we shouldn’t forget about the three actresses of colour present Mad Max, and how their roles interact with the history of colonialism in the Pacific region. [Jeanne the Fangirl]

 

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Weekend Reading List: Witches and women in tech

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  • Happy belated Ada Lovelace Day! Over at Maisonneuve, my friend Shannon Palus reflects on the first programmer in her life, her mother.
  • Women in Tech has been a bit of a hot button issue these past few weeks (and, well, months really) and an aspect of the debate that I find completely fascinating is how women already working in tech, particularly powerfully-placed women, respond to criticisms of their industry. “‘Fuck You, I Got Mine’: Women in Tech for the Patriarchy” is a really good, almost manifesto-like starting off point to understanding how women apologists are complicit in the rampant discrimination of the tech industry. [Medium]
  • Along the same lines, Amanda Marcotte creates a template for every woman-penned defence of misogyny ever written, based on that terrible, terrible Sarah Lacy article, and it is flawless. [Slate]
  • Medium also has a list of things to say to people who really liked that terrible, terrible Sarah Lacy article.
  • I’m pretty much guaranteed to love anything Becky Chambers writes, and her piece on Tor, about astronauts and science/science fiction symbiosis, is no exception.
  • Scientific American blogger Dr. Danielle Lee was treated in an incredibly unprofessional way, blogged about it, then had her response taken down without warning and without a clear reason. Here’s a breakdown of the whole situation. #standingwithdnlee [Jezebel]
  • Around this time last year, I wrote an article about creepshots and screen caps and their role in internet misogyny (it’s unfortunately not online, but you can read an excerpt if you’re interested). After weeks of research, I thought I’d seen the worst of it, but Jezebel’s outline of the Chan girl phenomenon, and its long-lasting effects on one girl who participated, has rekindled all the sadness that I remember feeling.
  • io9 explores the worst mystical pregnancies in science fiction and fantasy, and once you see all these examples listed one after another, you start realizing how pervasive and ridiculous the trope is. Don’t know what the mystical pregnancy is? No worries, there’s a Feminist Frequency video at the end that explains it all.
  • New York Comic Con had a Women of Marvel panel, and it sounds like the Q&A was pretty great. [Bleeding Cool]
  • Star Trek might be coming back to television! MAKE IT SO! And the BBC is making a miniseries based on Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell! All the exciting TV news! [The Mary Sue]
  • Would you like a totally queer, incredibly in-depth love horoscope? Of course you would. [Autostraddle]
  • Halloween is just around the bend, and what better way to get excited than by reading all about historical women who were accused of being witches (or did similarly badass things)? History Witch is on it.
  • Oh, and if you want more Bee and PuppyCat episodes, there’s a Kickstarter for that.
  • What if there’s a good reason those horrible Wartune ads say “male gamers only”? [The Toast]

Top image from Kate Beaton’s amazing Hark! A Vagrant.

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