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Weekend Reading List: Here’s to 2017

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a Weekend Reading List for you, but never fear: here’s a selection of stuff to keep you busy as you gear up for the new year:

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WEEKEND READING LIST: Witches, whitewashing, International Women’s Day

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  • Oh look the Hollywood remake of Ghost in the Shell cast an actual Asian actor. Still whitewashed as all get out though. Still mad about it. [Angry Asian Man]
  • The new all-lady Ghostbusters remake has been contentious right from the start, and while a lot of the criticism amounts to garden variety manchildren blubbering about cooties, Racialicious has some very valid concerns about Leslie Jones’s character, who is the only woman of colour, and the only Ghostbuster without a scientific background.
  • A musical ode to the clitoris that you didn’t know you wanted, but now must see. [Refinery29]
  • The New York Public Library, an institution that clearly knows what the people want, has a companion reading and resource list for the film The Witch.
  • Witch, queen, mom: fairytale lessons for surviving borderline parents.” [The Establishment]
  • Bitch has a great roundup of magical girl zines, and I’m not just saying that because I stumbled across the first one on the list, Queer Sailor Moon Fan Fiction Saved My Life, while in a doctor’s office waiting room (but also I kind of am).
  • Nola and the Clones is an independent Irish film about a young homeless sex worker. All the men Nola encounters bear a striking resemblance, and it’s that sort of magic realism that lends itself well to a movie that looks truly unique (and is available in its entirety online).
  • Janelle Monáe will be co-starring in a movie about the women behind the American space program! Omg omg omg! [io9]
  • International Women’s Day: why women can thrive in sci-fi.” [BBC]
  • I really wanted to give JK Rowling the benefit of the doubt when it came to her interpretation of North American magic, but as Adrienne Keene of Native Appropriations lays out thoroughly, she really missed the mark. The Mary Sue, quoting Keene, is similarly unimpressed.
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Weekend Reading List: Slytherins, snubs, and social justice

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  • First up, the serious issues: is IT from A Wrinkle in Time feminist? [The Toast]
  • Also from the Toast is “reasons why I am totally fine and not freaked out to be a Slytherin” which rings particularly true for me because the new Pottermore sorting put me in Slytherin which is obviously complete nonsense because I am nothing if not a Ravenclaw. So I deleted the account, remade it, and used my old results.
  • Besides the fact that they got a weird amount of plot details wrong, this piece from the Decider on how The Guild revolutionized web series is worth checking out.
  • Instagram user queenofluna incorporates her hijab into some pretty great DC and Disney cosplay.
  • Here’s a handy list that brings together some popular works of male-authored fiction, and gives an alternative written by a woman instead. [Medium]
  • Puritan horror film The Witch is getting some great press, and I fully intend on watching it as soon as possible:
  • In honour of #oscarssowhite, Autostraddle has a spectacularly well researched history of acting Oscars being awarded to actors of colour. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty short list.
  • Jenny Beavan won the Oscar for costume design for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road, and a bunch of dudes very visibly did not clap for her. Feminist Current talks about beauty standards, the role of women, and why Beavan’s treatment was unacceptable.
  • And the Oscars prompted people to brush off some older writing, so let’s revisit Bitch‘s take on the ecofeminism of Mad Max, and Pacific Standard‘s opinion on the importance of seeing families of colour in Sanjay’s Super Team.
  • I’ve always been fascinated by how speculative and science fiction intersect with social justice movements (I mean I only started a blog about it), and recently I came across two very important pieces of writing:
    • For Harriet has a wonderful article on Black History Month, the Afro/Black experience in North America (particularly Canada), and the long-standing importance of Afrofuturism and Black science fiction in imagining alternative futures.
    • Jacobin published a very thorough piece on science fiction’s sometimes rocky relationship with neoliberal thought, collective action, labour politics, and a future outside of capitalist economies.
  • Okay okay and finally look at this podcast description: “Unapologetically Indigenous, unabashedly female & unblinkingly nerdy, Otipêyimisiw-Iskwêwak Kihci-Kîsikohk (Métis in Space), Molly and Chelsea drink a bottle of (red) wine and, from a tipsy, decolonial perspective, review a sci-fi movie or television episode featuring Indigenous peoples, tropes and themes.” That sounds amazing right? Go listen to Métis in Space!

 

 

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Weekend Reading List: Puritan witches, pizza witches, gal pal witches

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