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Weekend Reading List: Baby, it’s been a while

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Weekend Reading List: Bond girls, fan girls, magical girls

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Weekend Reading List: stormtroopers and double standards

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  • JK Rowling will be writing a thing about Draco December 12th! Ah! [The Guardian]
  • In light of the internet collectively losing its mind over the new Star Wars trailer, Al Jazeera tackles the disturbing racist stereotypes present in the franchise thus far.
  • Some (racist) people are also not happy about the new movie’s inclusion of John Boyega. Because of course they’re not. His reply is pretty great, though. [The Dissolve]
  • Best dressed villains! [Tor]
  • I don’t think it’s possible to read the Redwall series and not salivate over those feast scenes—The nut-studded cheeses! The roasted fish! The elderberry everthings!—and the Toast has got you covered with your very own Redwall diet.
  • Also from the Toast, memories of mermaids and a genderqueer childhood.
  • Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency channel just released a new video: “25 invisible benefits of gaming while male,” based on an older Polygon article.
  • You should know about the webcomic Robot Hugs, but also you should see this great “gender rolls” comic. (It’s a joke, but I just played a one-shot game using it to generate characters, and it was really fun).
  • A Bitch contributor read 50 books by people of colour this year, and has, as a result, some great recommendations. Of particular interest are the science fiction/fantasy titles.
  • Hey remember when DC wouldn’t let Batwoman get married? They’re apparently fine with her getting raped instead, and both the Mary Sue and Autostraddle weigh in.
  • GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a documentary that will be coming out in the new year, but for now here’s a sneak peak about harassment in the game industry.

Top image by Grace Kraft.

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Weekend Reading List: Ghosts, ghouls, and gamergaters

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And I really wish I didn’t have to, but here’s this week’s #gamergate update:

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Weekend Reading List: Non-bros and bad boyfriends

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Weekend Reading List: Potter porn and #GamerGate

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Weekend Reading List: Occultists and only one black man at a time

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Weekend Reading List: Back, bigger, badder

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Welcome back everyone! Unfridged has been away for a long time now, so there’s plenty of great internet reading to catch up on. Let’s get started:

  • First off, a great piece on video game diversity. It’s called “no one is coming to take away your shitty toys,” which is pretty much all you need to know about it.  [Midnight Resistance]
  • I would have been all over these IAmElemental action figures growing up. They’re so wonderful!
  • Teen Vogue talks about growing up in fantasy worlds, discovering self-worth, and finding queer love in Tamora Pierce books.
  • Dungeons & Dragons turns forty this year, and everyone is lining up to talk about how important it is! First the New York Times discusses how the game influenced the storytelling of a generation of writers, and the New Yorker published a piece on a more personal experience. (I’m choosing to ignore the fact that the author categorically denies that women play the game. Dude. No.)
  • In other D&D news, the Mary Sue talks about the game’s new focus on sexuality and gender diversity with lead game designers Mike Mearls and Jeremy Crawford.
  • RITA SKEETER (or, you know, J.K. Rowling) WROTE A THING. AND IT IS GLORIOUS. Best recap of a World Cup ever. [Today Books]
  • What’s that you say? You’d love to see an 80s-tastic Dazzler music video? Complete with mutant special effects and derby girls? I live to serve.
  • Dorkly has a list of ten conversations that would have radically changed Harry Potter. Just call it Harry Potter and the Healthy Communication.
  • Bitch tackles the ever-present problem of convention harassment, with some interesting survey data.
  • If you’ve never stopped to consider the racial implications of having your few characters of colour act as sidekicks, then this is a must-read (I mean, everyone should read it, especially because it uses James Bond as an example, but you know). [The Nerds of Color]
  • Still doing amazing in-depth writing on video game sexism, Polygon presents real examples of the abhorrent conditions women working in games face, drawing parallels and conclusions, and making me really sad.
  • On the surface, Autostraddle’s piece on anime web series RWBY is just a review of one show, but the criticisms levelled against it—the show’s paper thin characterization and dependance on pernicious female stereotypes, for starters—apply to much of our media.
  • Hey you know Emily Graslie? That awesome person who does a YouTube show called the Brain Scoop? Well you totally should and, what a coincidence, Cosmopolitan has a great interview with her.
  • Presented without comment: “46 times Captain Janeway was outta control sassy.” [Buzzfeed]
  • This wonderful thing is happening: In Sussex, horses were mysteriously getting their mane and tails braided at night. No one could figure out why this was happening, until the police realized that all the reports were coming in during white witchcraft festivals. Yes. You read that right. White witches are going around in the dead of night making ponies prettier. The world is a glorious place. [Horsemart]
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Weekend Reading List: Code crackers and crustacean cretins

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  • Do you like Janelle Monáe, David Bowie, and superheroes? Stupid question, I know, but go watch this video. It’s part of a Pepsi ad campaign, so if I’m sharing it anyway, you know it’s got to be good.
  • If you care about such things, you’re probably aware that Deadpool has been confirmed as queer by the Marvel bigwigs. He’s a fan favourite, so it’s encouraging news, and here’s a Tumblr that takes a pretty in-depth look at the character’s pansexual history, despite some unfortunate typos. [Fuck Yes Deadpool]
  • I’ve been getting back into Futurama in a big way (I blame Burlesgeek, their May the 4th event was MCed by a pitch-perfect Zap Brannigan) and The Toast provides a hard pill to swallow: That we are all, despite our best efforts (and Leela aspirations), a Zoidberg deep inside.
  • Also from the Toast, a beautiful personal narrative that deals with growing up at the intersection of race and sexuality. It wouldn’t normally fall under the purview of this blog, necessarily, but it features Scott Bakula’s Quantum Leap character as “the catalyst for my earliest sexual feelings,” so close enough!
  • Rejoice! Game of Thrones is casting Sand Snakes! (And the Waif!) [io9]
  • A little while ago I mentioned a study that looked at male WoW players who used female avatars, and Slate has what appears to be a followup and explanation for why it happens. Their conclusion? It’s all about the butts.
  • There’s something about the women WWII Colossus computer operators of Bletchley Park that I find endlessly fascinating (for reals, you should all be watching The Bletchley Circle), so I love that the remaining code breakers reunited and took a picture. [The Guardian]
  • I’ve mentioned the “Not All Men” meme before, but in case you’re still wondering what this hip new phrase all the kids are saying is really about, here’s a primer. [Vox]
  • Nintendo released its life simulation game, Tomodachi Life, without any same-gender romance options, and Polygon, among others, was not happy about it.
  • Now I really want to grab a pint with Wonder Woman and talk about how unfair it is that she hasn’t gotten a movie yet. [Dorkly]

Top image is a panel from Ismael Canales‘s Cindi Mayweather fan art comic book.

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Weekend Reading List: Ghibli girls and warrior women

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