- The Toast shut its (welcoming, Hobbit-like) doors this week, and I’d like to thank Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe by revisiting a couple of the site’s (many, many) glorious, magical, misandrist offerings: “How to spot a witch” and “Gleeful mobs of women murdering men in Western art history.”
- Also from the Toast: “Sidekick no more: writing Asian superheroes and the challenges of representation.”
- “Artificial intelligence’s white guy problem.” [The New York Times]
- I kind of figured the Mary Sue would make an exception to their Game of Thrones boycott to discuss this season, because (excuse me for a minute) THE MATRIARCHY IS COMING. I was right; have a roundtable discussion.
- Rachel Aitken, who’s working on a master’s in publishing and studying gender and racial diversity in science fiction and fantasy, asked me to help publicize a survey she put together. So if you’re British or Australian and want to help with her research, you can answer her questions here.
- Autostraddle reviewed/recapped the James Franco reboot of Mother May I Sleep With Danger and called it “the best movie I have ever seen.” So you know, either dive in head first or take it with a grain of salt, depending on the mileage you get from Lifetime channel lesbian vampires.
- “Badass Latina superhero La Boriqueña stands with Orlando victims in powerful new image.” [Mic]
- I’ve mentioned the superfun Harry Potter podcast Witch Please before, and here are its creators, Marcelle Kosman and Hannah McGregor, playing a superfun version of the newlyweds game. [GUTS]
- Kotaku seems to think it’s ironic that people are reading Overwatch‘s Zarya as gay, given that she’s Russian, but have you seen her biceps and haircut? I mean come on.
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