Disney princes would make terrible boyfriends.
The Guardian makes a compelling case for how modern YA dystopian literature promotes pretty right wing neoliberal values by appealing to the aggressive individualism of its teen readership. Hey if watcher extraordinaire Rupert Giles taught a masters of library sciences course,
what would the reading list be like? [The Toast]
TAMPON RUN IS A REAL GAME THAT YOU CAN PLAY. Feministing has all sort of cool info about it, including that it was created by two teenagers in an effort to destigmatize menstruation. Racialicious takes a look at
violence toward Native women in film, pointing out some troubling parallels in movies like Pocahontas and New Moon, as well as the real life consequences.
Here’s some advice for little nerdy black girls. [Black Girl Nerds] Things aren’t always so bleak over in the DC universe, and
recent decisions, including a new look and creative team for Batgirl, are garnering praise. [The Nerds of Color] The Nerds of Color also
really, really want Miles Morales to be our new movie Spiderman. Researchers at the University of Modena have found that
reading . Dumbledore was right, love is the strongest magic. [ Harry Potter makes you more empathetic Scientific American] And to round things off, here’s why Hermione is such an
important role model for one fourteen year old in particular. [Boing Boing] Tagged Batgirl, Black Girl Nerds, Boing Boing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buzzfeed, Disney, Feministing, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Miles Morales, Racialicious, Rupert Giles, Scientific American, Spiderman, Tampon Run, The Guardian, The Nerds of Color, The Toast
Here’s a fun gallery of
famous cartoon women to start your weekend off right. [Into the Gloss] Autostraddle
celebrates all the women who were nominated for Eisner awards this year. Some personal favourites, like Fiona Staples (of !) and Melanie Gilman (the creator of Saga ), make an appearance, and it’s nice that even though fewer than a fifth of nominations went to women, someone is still spotlighting this amazing talent. As the Crow Flies Hey remember that time in 1976 when Spiderman
stopped a villain hell bent on starting a plague of unintentional pregnancies through misleading sex ed? Bitch does, and they’ve got a great piece on the one-off comic, produced in partnership with Planned Parenthood. Also from
Bitch is a roundup of great new comics, some I’m familiar with ( On Loving Women, Over Easy), some that I really want to read ( Pregnant Butch, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth), and all worth checking out. So. You’ve all probably seen, or at least heard about, last week’s Game of Thrones episode, “Breaker of Chains.” I’m pretty upset about the show taking ambiguously consensual sex scenes from the books (due to unreliable narrators) and making them even
less consensual, and a lot has been written on the subject in the last week. The Mary Sue has a great roundtable discussion that outlines exactly why the scene is so uncomfortable, the less-than-stellar response from the director, and why it’s so damaging to have media reinforce the idea that no doesn’t actually mean no. The Mary Sue also reported on a WonderCon panel all about
the psychology of cult television, and it’s an interesting read. Comics Alliance explores the issues of identity that are raised
when female superheroes are constantly given new code names, or never given any at all.
Winnie the Pooh as a Mean Girl. I’m serious, just click this. [Buzzfeed] Tagged As the Crow Flies, Autostraddle, Bitch magazine, Breaker of Chains, Comics Alliance, Eisner Award, Fiona Staples, Game of Thrones, Into the Gloss, Mean Girls, Melanie Gilman, On Loving Women, Over Easy, Planned Parenthood, Pregnant Butch, Saga, Spiderman, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, The Mary Sue, Winnie the Pooh, WonderCon