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Weekend Reading List: Music, masculinity, and #MakeMulanRight


Top image from: My typical Friday night In Dark Dungeons by Jack Chick. 


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Weekend Reading List: Beasts, bots, and backlash


  • I think everyone who plays tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder has had times when the game went a little off the rails, or players made things uncomfortable for others, but these stories, compiled by io9, are absolutely bonkers.
  • NEW FEMINIST FREQUENCY VIDEO YEAH. This time it’s all about sexy ladies being offered up as prizes in video games, starting with a perhaps controversial example: Metroid‘s Samus Aran.
  • Speaking of Samus, Brianna Wu co-wrote a piece about the potential for the character to be a trans woman (giving both historical evidence and reviewing the reasons why fans need more trans representation). You may know Wu from when she was on the receiving end of GamerGate’s endless cascade of filth, and much the same thing happened to her here, prompting her to write a follow up piece taking geekdom to task. [The Mary Sue]
  • At some point I’m going to rewatch Ex Machina and write a blog post detailing exactly why I fell hard for this film, but in the meantime the Nerds of Color have a piece about how there’s a difference between insensitively portraying abuse for shock value, and framing abuse to show how awful it truly is, and how awful the characters perpetrating it are.
  • This week in looking critically at Disney: Bitch has a fascinating interview with Walidah Imarisha on the racial politics of Disney animals, and Four Three Film thoroughly breaks down gender representation in animation, and how the limited ways women and girls are designed in mainstream films are insufficient.
  • The cast for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently entirely white, and this is unacceptable. [The Mary Sue]
  • Bitch on Mad Max, action heroes, vulnerability, and compassion.

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Weekend Reading List: editing, emotions, electric ladies


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Weekend Reading List: Gaming surveys and Great Scott!


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Weekend Reading List: Black heroes and blood sports


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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


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: Jubilee and literacy


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Weekend Reading List: Style, Streetfighter, and children’s stories


  • First up for your viewing pleasure, an “X-wear Through the Ages” poster! [modHero Tumblr]
  • Felicia Day, always delightful, takes to her blog to explain the difference between complaining about Michael B. Jordan being cast as the historically-white Human Torch, and being disappointed that the role of Tiger Lily will go white actress Rooney Mara in a rebooted version of Peter Pan.
  • GitHub engineer Julie Ann Horvath recently left the company, and shared her hellish experiences dealing with the social network with TechCrunch. There’s intimidation, a lack of respect, sexual harassment, all that good stuff.
  • So the Veronica Mars movie continues to be a great success, so much so that a sequel is already being proposed. Kristen Bell is apparently on board, and creator Rob Thomas says the next film would centre more on the unsolved case and would maybe resemble Chinatown. Also there may be a Dick Casablancas-centered web series. You know, just for fun. [TVLine]
  • The Atlantic takes an amazing, in depth look at gender parity in the workplace, putting together international statistics on math skills, unpaid labour, executive positions and more.
  • The Nerds of Color really want Marvel to cast an Asian American actor as Iron Fist, and have some solid character-building reasons to back it up.
  • Despite the nostalgia surrounding Street Fighter II, it was undeniably racist as hell. [NPR Code Switch]
  • This New York Times piece, titled “The Apartheid of Children’s Literature,” tackles the heartbreaking lack of characters of colour in the stories children are exposed to, and includes some really wonderful sentiments, among which: “Children of color remain outside the boundaries of imagination. The cartography we create with this literature is flawed.”

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