Native Appropriation’s Adrienne Keene is getting a lot of coverage for her critique of JK Rowling’s North American magic, as the CBC continues to report.
Autostraddle just celebrated their seventh birthday (happy birthday!) and is doing it with these really great retrospective pieces. Here’s the top seven lesbian, bisexual, and queer tv shows of the last seven years, but you should go poke around the site. They’ve got lots of good stuff, like lists of all the queer women on television who have died, and who have lived happily ever after (predictably, a much shorter list).
“Queer Indigenous rapper Dio Ganhdih shared extraterrestrial video for ‘Pussy Vortex‘” [The Fader]
The more I learn about Afrofuturism, the more fascinating I find it. Bitch has a great interview with Ytasha L. Womack, who just came out with her new book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-fi and Fantasy, and name drops some cool folks like Mae Jemison, George Clinton, and Janelle Monáe.
What happens when you use Bastion (my current obsession) to teach intersectional politics to some students? Interesting things. [The Border House]
I love me some good Harry Potter critical analysis, and Tor’s piece on Neville Longbottom draws some interesting conclusions about the character, showing parallels between the timid Gryffindor and Peter Pettigrew, and adding just the right amount of adulation.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Disney villains were on Grindr? Well here’s your answer. (It’s not particularly NSFW unless someone’s reading over your shoulder.) [Everything Gay]
Writing with Michelle raises some excellent points on the lack of lesbian characters in television, and the need to continue pushing for more representation. I really enjoyed her call for more inclusion, and not just because she name drops Warehouse 13‘s Myka and Helena (who should totes be together4ever), Who‘s Vastra and Jenny, and of course Willow and Tara and Xena and Gabrielle. (I’m purposefully leaving out that last comma because how great would that fanfic be?)
Talking about conventions more broadly, the Ada Initiative has an excellent and thorough timeline of con harassment in the SF/F, scepticism/atheism, and free and open source software communities. The information is incredibly well presented, and it manages to be chilling and comforting all at the same time.
And while we’re on the subject (I’ve got cons on the brain, #mtlcomiccon next week!), this wonderful (if older) article outlines exactly why “just hit your harasser” is not a valid response. [Geek Feminism]
To leave off on a more lighthearted note, the Hairpin predicts the survival rates of Orange is the New Black characters, should they be suddenly transported to Westeros.