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Weekend Reading List: And we’re back!

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Top image: “Lady Murasaki,” by Celine Loup.

 

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WEEKEND READING LIST: Witches, whitewashing, International Women’s Day

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  • Oh look the Hollywood remake of Ghost in the Shell cast an actual Asian actor. Still whitewashed as all get out though. Still mad about it. [Angry Asian Man]
  • The new all-lady Ghostbusters remake has been contentious right from the start, and while a lot of the criticism amounts to garden variety manchildren blubbering about cooties, Racialicious has some very valid concerns about Leslie Jones’s character, who is the only woman of colour, and the only Ghostbuster without a scientific background.
  • A musical ode to the clitoris that you didn’t know you wanted, but now must see. [Refinery29]
  • The New York Public Library, an institution that clearly knows what the people want, has a companion reading and resource list for the film The Witch.
  • Witch, queen, mom: fairytale lessons for surviving borderline parents.” [The Establishment]
  • Bitch has a great roundup of magical girl zines, and I’m not just saying that because I stumbled across the first one on the list, Queer Sailor Moon Fan Fiction Saved My Life, while in a doctor’s office waiting room (but also I kind of am).
  • Nola and the Clones is an independent Irish film about a young homeless sex worker. All the men Nola encounters bear a striking resemblance, and it’s that sort of magic realism that lends itself well to a movie that looks truly unique (and is available in its entirety online).
  • Janelle Monáe will be co-starring in a movie about the women behind the American space program! Omg omg omg! [io9]
  • International Women’s Day: why women can thrive in sci-fi.” [BBC]
  • I really wanted to give JK Rowling the benefit of the doubt when it came to her interpretation of North American magic, but as Adrienne Keene of Native Appropriations lays out thoroughly, she really missed the mark. The Mary Sue, quoting Keene, is similarly unimpressed.
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Weekend Reading List: Snark, space, and sorcery

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Weekend Reading List: Filmography and Faerie Queen Costumes

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Top image: “Queen Mab and the Ruins,” James C. Christensen.

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Weekend Reading List: Astronaut Barbie and Animal Hybrids

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  • Thinkprogress has an excellent and thorough take down of a press conference with comics giants Todd McFarlane, Len Wein, and Gerry Conway that devolved into what was essentially a round of sexism bingo. All the old excuses are there: “Men are as objectified as women,” “comics don’t actually matter from a social justice point of view, so we shouldn’t be held accountable,” “we want superheroes to tell a universal (read: white and male) story,” “superheroes aren’t for girls anyway,” “if people want diversity they should make comics themselves,” and many more.
  • This one isn’t new, but in light of Doctor Who‘s disappointingly conservative casting decision, Of Dice and Pen’s article on Steven Moffat’s historically terrible treatment of Who women is definitely worth revisiting.
  • New Cartoon Hangover webseries Bee and Puppycat is so charming I can barely contain myself. Here are the first two episodes, conveniently combined for you as part of YouTube’s Geek Week.
  • Barbie is going to Mars. NASA and Mattell combined forces to create “Mars Explorer Barbie,” and the doll launched this week, accompanied by a paper cutout of the Mars Science Laboratory. I can’t say I’m totally on board with this (on the one hand, it’s great that Barbie has evolved past the “math is hard” stage, but on the other, it’s Barbie, and a doll that so ardently conforms to unrealistic expectations of beauty will never be my favourite) but I truly hope her next stop will be this new pink planet. [Huffington Post/io9]
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