In the wake of #GamerGate, dozens (hundreds?) of people involved in the gaming industry have signed an open letter to the gaming community, embracing diversity and asking for members to put a stop to discrimination when they see it. [Medium]
Jezebel visited BronyCon, and discussed a few interesting things other conventions might want to pay attention to, particularly the diversity of attendees and dealing with their different comfort levels.
A woman allegedly got fired from her comic store job for complaining about a storage room called the “rape room.” I can’t even with this bullshit. Stop. [Bleeding Cool]
The Mary Sue has an intense piece on why it can sometimes take until adulthood to fully embrace nerdy interests (hint: it is sexism). It’s a topic I will definitely be revisiting myself, and it’s worth a look.
Researchers at Ohio State University used Second Life to see if less racial diversity in MMOs correlates to players choosing whiter-looking avatars for themselves. Unsurprisingly, it does. [The Mary Sue]
Margaret Atwood’s just been named the first contributor to the Future Library project, so we won’t be able to read what she’s working on until our consciousnesses have been uploaded into mechanical bodies, living on forever. [The Guardian]
I really love Anita Sarkeesian, her work, and her seemingly superhuman ability to weather the storm of internet bullshit thrown at her. In response to her latest Tropes vs. Women video (part two of “Women as Background Decoration”), her harassers upped their game and drove her out of her house. This is so many levels past not okay that I’m not sure what else I can say. [Polygon]
There is, however, a petition calling for Valve to block Steam access to their games for one hour, in protest of the treatment of women in games. [Change.org]
Ars Technica also has a very thorough rundown of the situations Anita Sarkeesian and game developer Zoe Quinn have found themselves in (#GamerGate, as it’s being called), and just how unfair their treatment is.
There’s a really touching piece over at the Toast about how, as a queer child, taking up otherworldly fantasy personas can help verbalize the difference you feel in yourself.
Also a great biography of legendary fantasy writer Leigh Brackett. [The Toast]
You’ve probably seen that horrible Spiderwoman #1 cover and hated it immediately (no matter how many times I look at it, it still makes me shrivel up a little inside), but redditor dinoignacio rendered it in 3D and it really shows how contorted (and deranged) the pose actually is. [Gizmodo]
Here is a slam poem about Harry Potter erotic fan fiction and wanting porn that doesn’t make you an object, and not gonna lie, I’m still digesting how close to home it hit. It might be triggering for descriptions of sexual violence but it’s definitely a good thing to watch.
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!
Mary Beard takes a fascinating look at the silencing of women in public spheres, starting with The Odyssey, and ending with internet trolls and the heckling of women politicians. [London Review of Books]
Bitch just released their newest issue, and have made some of the pieces available. One, “Black to the Future” discusses the history and current state of afrofuturism as a “way to project blackness into the future—not merely as existing, but as a critical and significant part of it.” Meanwhile, “Mapping the Margins of Middle Earth” explores how the magnitude of the Lord of the Rings franchise has eclipsed New Zealand’s own political history.
Have you played Gone Home yet? Me neither, but I so desperately want to. (Hey there free time, where’d you get to?) The Border House has a quick little review of it that covers the basics.