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Weekend Reading List: Night witches and world-changing kisses

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And the almost requisite video game content!

  • Lesbian kisses change the world, you guys! The New Yorker has the story of how an unplanned lady kiss got The Sims made, and it’s such a fun idea that I’m not even going to let “I guess straight guys that make sports games loved the idea of controlling two lesbians” ruin my mood.
  • Final Fantasy XIV will also be allowing same-sex relationships in the game. [Kotaku]
  • There’s a new Feminist Frequency video out! This time the incomparable Anita Sarkeesian takes on “Women as Background Decoration” in her “Tropes vs. Women in Games” series.
  • There’s a Bea Arthur game. THERE’S A BEA ARTHUR GAME. (And no, my excitement doesn’t stem from the fact that I just watched the Golden Girls series finale and sobbed like a little child. Don’t be absurd.) [NewNowNext]
  • In a super disappointing, eyestrain-causing (due to the overzealous rolling of said eyes) move, Ubisoft won’t be including any female protagonists in Assassin’s Creed Unity because “women are too difficult to animate.” Autostraddle has info about the initial shitshow, GameSpot talks about a former Ubisoft developer who’s poking major holes in the company’s excuse that adding playable women would have added a significant amount of work, The Escapist explores the game’s French Revolution setting and why, historically-speaking, women should actually be included, and #WomenAreTooHardToAnimate over on Twitter is great.
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Weekend Reading List: Sylvan elves and sisterly love


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Weekend Reading List: Dystopian trilogies and my undying love of Torchwood


  • Rebecca Solnit writes about the epidemic levels of rape and violence against women in the Nation, and it is wonderfully candid and beautifully written. She manages both to take a global look at the problem, and to examine the individual and very personal consequences. Definitely something everyone should be exposed to.
  • Becca and Neil, the vloggers behind Geek and Sundry’s Geeking Out, recently talked about queer representations in comics and tv. Their discussions are, as always, very engaging, and both videos are worth watching (even if they didn’t mention Torchwood). (Torchwood forever.)
  • Racialicious did a roundup (originally published over at Persephone Magazine) of 45 women of colour in science fiction/fantasy movies, and now I have a bunch more movies to watch.
  • Janelle Monáe (whom I will always think of as the android Cindy Mayweather) has some thoughtful things to say about sexism in the music industry. [Upworthy]
  • Margaret Atwood discusses MaddAddam, the third instalment of her dystopian trilogy (which began with Oryx and Crake in 2003) and makes me even more anxious for it to come out. [Toronto Star]

Top image: “Jimmy went in to see the Pigoons” by Jason Courtney

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