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Weekend Reading List: Ordinary women and overblown wingnuts

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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: Ghosts, ghouls, and gays

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Weekend Reading List: Costumes, Classics, Queerbaiting

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Top image: “Evil Flush,” by Jesús Alfonso Sánchez

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Weekend Reading List: Final Girls and Wonder Women

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  • Vulture talks to Gina Torres about her work, being the tallest person in the room, and the campaign to have her play Wonder Woman (which I am totally on board with, because Gina Torres is already the Wonder Woman of my heart).
  • Discover reports that men who present themselves as less stereotypically masculine have lower rates of heart disease. It’s not a perfect article, but it’s always great to have more reasons to talk about how rigidly we still define gender and how much value we still attribute to hypermasculinity.
  • This really wonderful discussion on queerness in the Black community and the stigma of loving trans* women features Orange is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox as an added bonus. [Colorlines]
  • US servicewomen were asked what they thought about their portrayal in video games, and their answers are fantastic. They pull no punches and draw some interesting parallels between women fighting misogyny in the military, and women fighting misogyny in gaming. [The Jace Hall Show]
  • We may get a horror drama in which Jamie Lee Curtis recruits a bunch of “final girls” from horror movies, bringing them together to “channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good.” Just let that bit of awesome sink in for a moment. [Deadline]
  • The 6th World is a short film that follows Tazbah Redhouse, a Navajo astronaut on her way to colonize Mars. The short, by director Nanobah Becker, is a really cool blending of science fiction and Navajo origin stories, with some environmental overtones thrown in. You can watch it here.
  • According to Native Appropriations, the Canadian iTunes app store has begun censoring a racial slur—even though it’s the name of a certain American football team—setting a pretty great precedent.
  • And à propos of absolutely nothing, someone used pictures of James Franco as covers for classic books, and I love it. [BookRiot]

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