Burn it All Down: Wiscon’s Failure of Feminism

Burn it All Down: Wiscon’s Failure of Feminism

Jul 21, 2014

There are two ways to change an organization: the first is from the inside out – joining existing structures, working one’s way up through them, turning like minds to your cause, and revolutionizing the institution from the inside out. The other way to do it is to burn the fucker down to the ground.  The first way is much harder, as there’s a very real...

On Public Speaking While Fat

On Public Speaking While Fat

Jul 15, 2014

I admit that looking at pictures of myself the last couple of years always involves a bit of dissonance. Since God’s War came out and I switched to a job that no longer requires me to bike into work every day, I have – as has happened to many writers – put on about 70 pounds. This is easy to forget when you work at home a lot and don’t go out much. There...

You Don’t Have to Be Evil to Sell Things: A Primer on Ad Writing & Sexism

You Don’t Have to Be Evil to Sell Things: A Primer on Ad Writing & Sexism

Jun 6, 2014

I generally prefer to stick to positive imagery and commentary here, and I may eventually delete this post, but I keep seeing these lists of “vintage” sexist ads from the 50′s,60′s, and 70′s shared online so that folks may gloat about how “enlightened” we are in “this day and age.” I work in marketing and...

Some Men Are More Monstrous Than Others: On True Detective’s Men & Monsters

Some Men Are More Monstrous Than Others: On True Detective’s Men & Monsters

Apr 15, 2014

Spoilers ahoy!   When I was sixteen, I dated a guy a with a madonna/whore complex. I had no idea what that was, at the time, being a young woman from a rural town where belittling women as sluts and whores was pretty typical. You were either “the type of woman men married” or you were… well, probably a slut. All I knew was that when he talked about...

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On Empathy and the Power of Privilege

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: On Empathy and the Power of Privilege

Mar 5, 2014

I had the questionable delight of hanging out with a 3 year old for the last week, and at some point, when I hauled off his pants so he could go “Pee-pee in the potty” he proceeded to sit on said toilet for a solid five minutes having an argument with me because I’d said “Hey!” when he tried to hit his mother. “You YELLED at me!” he yelled. “We...

Die Hard, Hetaera, and Problematic Pin-Ups: A Rant

Die Hard, Hetaera, and Problematic Pin-Ups: A Rant

Feb 14, 2014

I watch Die Hard at least a couple of times a year; it’s one of the best written films out there. But there were always two moments in the film that confounded me from the very start, even when I watched it as a kid. There’s a moment when John McClane is upstairs in the floors under construction, and he’s trying to figure out how to get the attention of...

Women and Gentlemen: Unmasking the Sobering Realities of Hyper-Masculine Characters

Women and Gentlemen: Unmasking the Sobering Realities of Hyper-Masculine Characters

Jan 14, 2014

This post was originally hosted at Kari Sperring’s place. For those who find the format a little awkward to read, or who are having issues with LJ, I’ve reprinted it here:   __________ In the movie The Jewel of the Nile, sequel to Romancing the Stone, romance author Joan Wilder has written herself into a corner. Pirates have boarded the ship...

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