Sometimes I neglect you for a week, but then there is so much new content when I get back that you have no choice but to forgive me, right? Right:
- Here’s a roundup of badass woman-led martial arts movies. [Jezebel]
- Remember that 10 hours of street harassment video? Even Princess Leia isn’t safe from similar treatment.
- Wil Wheaton wrote a great post for the Washington Post on trolls, online games, and cleaning up the community.
- And in a similar “it’s about GamerGate but we’re all kind of collectively done dealing with GamerGate” vein, here’s a funny infographic. [Zen of Design]
- Feministing has a piece on scrutiny and thick skin in the wake of GamerGate.
- Tamora Pierce’s fantasy novels probably won’t be appearing on screen anytime soon, here’s why. [The Mary Sue]
- Ten fictional games we want to play. [Dorkly]
- URSULA K. LE GUIN WON A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. It was at this year’s National Book Awards and lady can give one hell of a speech. “Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.” Love you, Ursula.
- Now for a different Ursula! Y’all know I love me some sea witch, and Buzzfeed agrees that she’s the real star of The Little Mermaid. Obviously. Because I am right.
- In fact, io9’s Observation Deck has some pretty great guidelines for writing women villains.
- Here’s a short film called “I Ship It,” and it’s all about adorable Hufflepuff love, wizard wrock, and Mary Kate Wiles (of Lizzie Bennett Diaries fame).
- Nineteen funniest nude scenes in science fiction and fantasy. Yeah. [io9]
- “The history of women in geek culture should not be overlooked.” [Bitch]
- Salem has just started and I’m so excited! I haven’t had time to watch it yet, but Autostraddle’s got a recap of the first two episodes.
- Bitch has been killing with the scifi/fantasy content lately, and they’ve even got a whole podcast dedicated to feminism in science fiction.
- I’m pretty much guaranteed to have mixed feelings about a book titled Barbie: I Can Be… A Computer Engineer, but when it’s this bad, and this sexist, the feelings become a bit less mixed. [Gizmodo]
- The Barbie Facebook page has issued an apology for the book after the backlash, the author has made a statement that didn’t really address anyone’s concerns, and you can either create your own dialogue for the book and make it more feminist, or sit back and enjoy a selection of remixes. [The Mary Sue, Feminist Hacker Barbie, Autostraddle]
- Hey so it’s pretty cool that we got the Philae spacecraft onto a comet, but less cool is the sexist shirt scientist Matt Taylor chose to wear for the live stream. He has since apologized, and it seems earnestly done, but the Verge, for one, is unimpressed. Women in Astronomy delves further into how microaggresions like these discourage women in STEM fields, and Jezebel reports on the harassment the Atlantic’s Rose Eveleth faced when she dared to criticize the garment.
Top image: “Break the Ocean,” by Olga “Asu” Andriyenko.