Working, reading, writing: you know the drill, ducklings. I’m just pretty drained and getting used to my new work schedule, honestly.
tumblr user lettherebedoodles has turned a handful of Disney princes (and heroes) into ladies! Super-cute. And I guess I can add Phoebe to my costume list!
Foz Meadows adds pictorial evidence to author Juliet E. McKenna’s plea for “If you like George R. R. Martin…” displays in bookstores to be remotely diverse. This hits particularly close to home, since I’m a bookseller (albeit on an infrequent basis at the moment). When I’m working at the bookstore, I do what I can to make our speculative fiction section welcoming to all people, which ranges from bringing people over to the section, recommending books with crossover appeal, and simply having a female presence in the area.
This country loves to pass a few laws and then declare everything officially fixed forever. This country has a short memory. It belittles the struggles of the disempowered and we see it happen every day when people who experience racism or sexism are usually told by alleged allies that their own account of their own oppression is irrelevant and overdramatic. That dismissal from alleged allies hasn’t happened on a large scale to the LGBT community quite yet, but it could get there sooner than you think, and that could happen before “the LGBT community as a whole” has really even begun to give the issues of queers of color, trans* people, and all overlaps therein, their proper attention.
The trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy is here! This is a pretty much unknown property for me, but I have been dreaming that Starlord is a nickname that will never catch on, so I’m happy there. It looks like a nice throwback to the retro future imagined in the late seventies after Star Wars, which would be a nice flavor contrast to Asgard. (Also: Quill’s “sex crime” is having sex with a duchess on a planet where it’s illegal for royalty and commoners to have sex. I am breathing easier, but I do want that explained in the film.)
The James Tiptree Jr. Award is given to “a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender roles. The award seeks out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. It is intended to reward those writers who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.” This year, the winner is N. A. Sulway’s Rupetta, and the shortlist includes Ancillary Justice (which I need to get one) and Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady.
The Archive of Our Own celebrated one million fanworks on the 15th! Go, fandom, go!
Meryl Streep may be joining the cast of Suffragette.
Mission Control is a television show starring Krysten Ritter about a 1960s NASA engineer struggling with the macho astronaut assigned to her project, Anchorman-style. This could go either way, but I hope it turns out amazing.
Added: Rupetta by N. A. Sulway (via the James Tiptree Jr. Award)