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Weekend Reading List: Atwood, Buffy, Carrie, Disney

Hey kids, it’s been a while! Lots to catch up on:

 

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Weekend Reading List: Strange things and sexploitation films

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Weekend Reading List: Racism, reflections, reversed roles

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Weekend Reading List: Magic Schools, Magic Girls, Magic Love

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Hey cuties, happy Valentine’s day!

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Weekend Reading List: horror heroines and lovey-dovey vampires

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  • THERE IS A LESBIAN VAMPIRE WEB SERIES BASED ON CARMILLA AND I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT IT. Some things just make no sense in the world. Also, you know how you learn about a thing for the first time, and immediately after you hear about it everywhere? That is happening to me so hard right now. Anyway, Carmilla is great, season two just ended, go watch it.
  • 29 signs you’re actually a witch.” Never felt so much like a muggle tbh. [Buzzfeed]
  • The UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development Working Group on Broadband and Gender (hey mouthful) issued an in-depth report on cyber violence against women and girls and it’s definitely worth a look.
  • Kate Beaton’s new book, Step Aside, Pops, recently came out! It’s great and here she talks about it with Vulture. (Full disclosure I work for the publisher, Drawn & Quarterly, but also the book is fantastic, Kate Beaton is always a good time, and you should be a fan of hers.)
  • You know how there’s an upcoming Jem and the Holograms live-action movie, and people are worried it won’t stay true to the animated series? Well the real Jem watched the trailer and she is PISSED.
  • If you would like to listen to me talk about Star Trek for 45 minutes, then have I got the Random Trek episode for you! Scott McNulty invited me to be the guest in this week’s episode of his podcast, and it was very good fun.
  • And last thing, read this thing from the Toast. I can’t do it justice, so here: “Here at the Final Girl Groves Retirement Home, we provide top-quality live-in care, recreational activities, and social opportunities for Final Girls in their senior years. If you’re a smart, resourceful, pretty-but-not-too-slutty woman who has survived brutal serial killers, zombie attacks, vengeful spirits, and the return of secrets from your own dark past, we believe you deserve to spend your golden years in peace and tranquility.”

Top image from Kate Beaton’s The Princess and the Pony.

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Weekend Reading List: Panels, pirates, prisons

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Top image: Mary Read and Anne Bonny, from Captain Charles Johnson’s A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates. 

 

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Weekend Reading List: Cartooning advice, Cho Chang, and The Craft

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  • Looks like more Twin Peaks episodes are definitely in the cards! I’m very excited, Diane! [Deadline]
  • Vulture has some extra speculation about the setting, returning characters, and what new additions there might be to the show.
  • The Mary Sue takes a look at Buffy’s relationship with Riley (God I hate Riley) and the emotional abuse he put her through in the wake of the big conversation we’ve been having about domestic abuse and #whyIstayed.
  • Another Femslash Friday! This time it’s The Craft. Wait, you haven’t seen The Craft? Go see The Craft immediately. [The Toast]
  • Okay so in addition to being part of a weekly horror movie screening club, I’ve recently started reading a book called House of Psychotic Women (it’s excellent by the way, and worth checking out). On the one hand, it may explain my recent insomnia, but on the other, I’m now super obsessed with how women are portrayed in horror cinema. And since Autostraddle always seems to know exactly what I want to read, they’ve got a list of (mostly queer) lady monsters in film.
  • The always great MariNaomi wanted to come up with tips on writing people of colour (when you are a person of another colour), and asked a bunch of cartoonists (including Elisha Lim!) for their help. [Midnight Breakfast]
  • ALL-FEMALE GHOSTBUSTERS REBOOT WHAT. [Mashable]
  • #Gamergate continues to rage on, and I continue to lose what little hope I have for us as a species. Game developer Brianna Wu had the temerity to poke fun at the toxic wastes of space known collectively as Gamergaters, and was summarily doxxed, threatened with rape and murder, and driven out of her home. There is no excuse. [We Hunted the Mammoth]
  • While on the topic, Anita Sarkeesian spoke at XOXO Festival in detail about the campaign of harassment against her. You should definitely watch the whole thing, but the main takeaway? “One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they tell you about their experiences.”
  • Slam poem of the week: “To JK Rowling, From Cho Chang.” Do it, click it, learn it.

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Weekend Reading List: Spiderman, Star Wars, and Simone de Beauvoir

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  • Ever wondered about the science behind Animorphs? The Toast has got you covered.
  • In fact there’s a lot of good stuff from the Toast, including an investigation into the moral alignment of Jeeves and Wooster characters (obviously Jeeves is lawful good), and a piece that outlines exactly how Belle, with a little more strategy and fewer morals, could have made the ending of Beauty and the Beast much more profitable for herself.
  • We’ve been getting a lot of casting information about the new Disney Star Wars movie, and so far it looks like only one of the lead actors (aside from Carrie Fisher) will be a woman. io9 is, quite rightly, asking where all the women be at?
  • Seriously, though, there could be so many amazing lady Jedis and Siths, just look at all these suggestions. [Pajiba]
  • Since this is clearly a problem affecting more than just the Star Wars movie, SharcTank lists the five dumbest arguments against gender diversity.
  • As a palate cleanser, here are Disney character-inspired cocktails. [Cocktails by Cody]
  • When misandry lurks in the shadows, only one man can protect us: the defender of the defended, the voice of the voiceful, Not-All-Man! [Medium]
  • From May 1-3, people have been using #WeNeedDiverseBook in order to promote a greater diversity in children’s and YA literature. The Facebook page has additional information, and the Tumblr and Twitter feed are worth checking out too.
  • Vulture has a great interview with Brian Michael Bendis (who has spent the last decade and a half writing the Ultimate Spider-Man comics). He discusses Miles Morales, the ability for Spider-Man to represent a wide variety of people, and the lack of representation most comics fans have to deal with: “Sure, there are people who look like Captain America who read comics, but there are very few people in the world who look like Captain America.” True words. 
  • What happens when famous philosophers try to play Dungeons & Dragons? Spoiler: Immanuel Kant ends up really, really frustrated. [Existential Comics]

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Weekend Reading List: Final Girls and Wonder Women

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  • Vulture talks to Gina Torres about her work, being the tallest person in the room, and the campaign to have her play Wonder Woman (which I am totally on board with, because Gina Torres is already the Wonder Woman of my heart).
  • Discover reports that men who present themselves as less stereotypically masculine have lower rates of heart disease. It’s not a perfect article, but it’s always great to have more reasons to talk about how rigidly we still define gender and how much value we still attribute to hypermasculinity.
  • This really wonderful discussion on queerness in the Black community and the stigma of loving trans* women features Orange is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox as an added bonus. [Colorlines]
  • US servicewomen were asked what they thought about their portrayal in video games, and their answers are fantastic. They pull no punches and draw some interesting parallels between women fighting misogyny in the military, and women fighting misogyny in gaming. [The Jace Hall Show]
  • We may get a horror drama in which Jamie Lee Curtis recruits a bunch of “final girls” from horror movies, bringing them together to “channel the stress and scars of their experience for some greater good.” Just let that bit of awesome sink in for a moment. [Deadline]
  • The 6th World is a short film that follows Tazbah Redhouse, a Navajo astronaut on her way to colonize Mars. The short, by director Nanobah Becker, is a really cool blending of science fiction and Navajo origin stories, with some environmental overtones thrown in. You can watch it here.
  • According to Native Appropriations, the Canadian iTunes app store has begun censoring a racial slur—even though it’s the name of a certain American football team—setting a pretty great precedent.
  • And à propos of absolutely nothing, someone used pictures of James Franco as covers for classic books, and I love it. [BookRiot]

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