May 15, 2012
I had somebody complain about my post on The Cabin in the Woods, saying that, yanno, not EVERY book or film needs to be some great feminist manifesto. Not every book is ABOUT feminism, they said.
Which kinda made me wonder if they knew what “feminism” meant.
Cause this is all it is, folks: feminism is the revolutionary idea that women are people, and should...
May 10, 2012
Note: Spoilers ahoy
When I walked in to watch The Cabin in the Woods, I expected a total subversion of the genre. I was giddy at the idea of taking all the old horror movie tropes and fucking with them. I looked forward to the blonde who wasn’t stupid, the virgin who totally had a bunch of sex, the jock who spent the whole time doing his homework, the stoner...
Mar 23, 2012
I’ve been thinking a lot about women and power.
J. and I went to see John Carter last week, but this isn’t really a rant about John Carter, which has its own issues. What particularly struck me was when J. pointed out that he was surprised to see so many women background characters in the army in the film, and wasn’t that progressive?
This… in a film...
Feb 23, 2012
I read an old proverb once that went, “We’re both queens. So who will hang out the laundry?”
I think this is an important point that a lot of seemingly imaginative fiction fails to take into account when creating societies.
I was on a panel about women in combat at Epic Confusion when Scott Lynch brought up the fact that he often wrote in female guards and...
Aug 18, 2011
Many of my recent fictions are about the dynamic of how to be a strong woman among strong women, and what society and its individuals look like after we’ve already crossed over from the “one! kickass! woman! in! the! world!” place to the “OMG assassins at my door! Yes, of course they’re women!” place.
Note that is not necessarily a BETTER...
Aug 10, 2011
With a name like “Cowboys and Aliens” I should have expected that, yes, really, it would only feature cowboys and aliens, and the appearance of a female character with a gun did not make her a cowgirl, of course, but an alien (obviously. If you aren’t a cowboy you must be an alien).
This movie was indeed exactly as it was advertised,...
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