The Week in Review: November 23rd, 2014

Central Park: An Avenue


Nothing much to report, except that I got to meet Jenny this week and it was awesome!


Roxane Gay speaks eloquently and strongly about the Cosby rapes:

I can’t remember when I first heard these accusations but it has been many years. I’ve always believed these women but I have struggled because The Cosby Show meant so much to me. That episode, the one where Theo tries to prove he is independent and has to learn a life lesson about money? Classic. This is the pernicious trap a man like Bill Cosby has created. He believes his artistic legacy will absolve his criminal behavior. It cannot. We have to say enough. We have to stop implicitly or explicitly supporting Cosby. We cannot justify our fondness for him any longer. We have to demand that his show be taken off the air. We have to stop supporting any of his endeavors. His art does not absolve him. Art is nothing compared to humanity, nothing at all.

Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic talks about Cosby, rape, and taking one person’s word over fifteen people’s word.

Leslie Feinberg, transgender lesbian activist and author of Stone Butch Blues, passed away this week.

Feminist activist Robin Morgan responds to Time’s stupid decision to consider “feminist” as a word to ban.

Melissa at Shakesville takes the idea of “feminists should have better things to worry about” to task:

Feminists who focus on the “little stuff” do it because that’s Itthat’s the stuff, that’s the fertile soil in which everything else takes root and from whence everything else springs, that’s the way that the fundamental idea that women are not equal to men is conveyed over and over and over again.

When feminist concern trolls like Dawkins whine about the misuse of feminism, talking about feminism like it’s meant to be kept under glass, broken only in case of a “real” and “serious” emergency, they’re deliberately ignoring how culture works. The “little things” don’t happen in a vacuum, but are part of a spectrum of expressed misogyny that forms a systemic oppression of women.

The “little things” and the “big things” are interwoven strands of the same rope, which Dawkins et. al. constantly want to unravel, in order to claim that only some of the strands (the ones belonging to other sorts of men, in other sorts of places) are really deserving of feminists’ attentions.

They want to play a feminist ranking game, in which there is a hierarchy of concerns with which “true feminists” will busy themselves. But as soon as one begins to judge the worthiness of feminists’ attention on a sliding scale, even generally-regarded “big things” like equal pay are dwarfed by global concerns like government-sanctioned use of rape as a weapon of war. And, for women in those war zones, on any given day clean water may be the even more pressing need. The fact is, it doesn’t have to be one or the other—feminists can multi-task.

Is this the best genderswapped version of the original Star Trek crew? It may be, because Kirk’s green wrap dress is on. Point.

Here’s the trailer for 2015’s Cinderella. This article about the film’s costume design specifically states that it wants to look like a period film made in the 1950s, which is fantastic.

This three part interview with media fan and fan studies scholars Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson to promote their new book, The Fan Fiction Studies Reader, is great.

How have I completely missed Carmen Esposito until now? She’s a gem and this BuzzFeed video will show you why.

Cecily Strong will be hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner! She’ll be great.

The PBS Ideas Channel tackles “Too Many Cooks.”

At Panels, Jess Plummer dreamcasts the Supergirl television show. Rosenbaum and Poehler as Kara’s foster parents is a stroke of mad genius.

Ursula K. LeGuin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Awards. Her acceptance speech is really wonderful. It’s too bad it had to follow Daniel Handler’s racist “joke.” (He did make his apology by matching donations to #WeNeedDiverseBooks, but that doesn’t absolve him of anything.)

Director, writer, and comedian Mike Nichols passed away this week.

Katherine Cross at Feministing talks about GamerGate, crowdfunding, and the threat of artists supporting themselves on their work:

As per usual, GG is offended that a woman they disagree with is able to support herself at all through her work. There’s a lot here about this mysterious economy of what is deserving and undeserving; the meritocracy of arcane standards. GamerGate’s adherents do not hate crowdfunding per se as much as they feel it somehow circumvents “legitimate” market pressures that would otherwise suffocate people like feminist critics or artsy avant-garde game devs. To them, it breathes life into things that the industry edifice, operating with unimpeded capitalist physics, might otherwise crush out of sight and out of mind, never able to discomfit the worldview of GamerGate’s easily offended lot.

Artistic freedom for all, except critical women or queer people, or the occasionale male ally, lest they say something that slanders a young man’s favorite game.

Artist and co-creator of Rat Queens Rob Upchurch has been removed from the book after being arrested for beating his wife.

Jake Pitre at Movie Mezzanine talks about the double standards of nudity in both film and the mainstream sexual imagination (like how a nude female body is inherently sexualized or treated as sexual).

Genevieve Valentine talks about costuming in Catwoman, so it’s everything I ever wanted.


Added: The Fan Fiction Studies Reader by Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse (via Confessions of an Aca-Fan)

Added: Carnal Knowledge (via the AV Club), Primary Colors (via the AV Club)

4 thoughts on “The Week in Review: November 23rd, 2014

  1. Aww, I’m excited that you and Jenny got to hang out 😀 One day I’ll make it across the pond (there’s a chance it could happen next year, but I’m still afraid to jinx it). As usual, thanks for the excellent roundup *bookmarks all the things*

  2. It was so lovely seeing you too!! Great links round-up, as always. I’d seen the Roxane Gay piece on Bill Cosby, but not the Ta-Nehisi Coates one, so that was great to see. I don’t often see such a thorough mea culpa — it’s nice.

    • 🙂

      Aw, thanks! I really like the Ta-Nehisi Coates piece, because so many people are conflicted about having previously enjoyed Cosby’s work and what’s coming to light now. Seeing Coates deal with that is really important.

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