Everything is the Hannibal finale, so my heart is on fire but also light. I did finish Alexandre Dumas’ Georges yesterday, which I was quite happy with.
Nintendo is considering getting back into the movie business. SADDLE YOUR ZELDA SPEC SCRIPTS! Actually, of all the big Nintendo IPs, The Legend of Zelda and Metroid will probably lend themselves best to cinematic efforts, and those franchises heavily feature female characters. Call me, Nintendo! I was born to play the Poe Collector.
It’s the 2015 Hugo Awards round-up!
- Here are this year’s winners. No Award did quite well this year, as did Orphan Black and Ms. Marvel!
- Ursula Vernon reflects on her experience as someone bumped off the ballot by the Sad and Rabid Puppies.
- Foz Meadows breaks down why diversity in sf is necessary in excruciating detail so the rest of us don’t have to. If you read one Hugo post today, make it this one.
- Noah Berlatsky at Playboy points out that women and minorities have been with speculative fiction since its creation… by a woman.
This article about a woman who scratched into her own brain was mentioned in an The Empathy Exams essay by Leslie Jamison. If I have to scream about it, you have to scream about it. There is also interesting information on mirror therapy for amputees.
FlameCon will return next summer for a whole two days! I already have my tickets and am already wondering if covering up my eyebrows will be enough of a deal-breaker to stop me from doing a Hannibal costume.
Melissa McCarthy shared a photo of all the women involved in the production of Ghostbusters. It is so great to see how many amazing women are involved, especially in behind-the-camera roles.
Alison Bechdel has asked that the Bechdel test be called the Bechdel-Wallace test, to properly credit the woman who came up with it in the first place. Got it?
“Darth Punk: The Funk Awakens” is a fun, retro, and Star Wars-themed video that looks basically like the inside of my head at night.
Abby Norman at The Mary Sue explains parasocial relationships—i.e., why we will go to the mat for KStew despite not knowing her—and how celebrity adoration changes in the context of the Internet.
I am kind of psyched for Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel (a show I do not watch), because she gets to be a well-dressed vampire rattling around an Art Deco hotel. HAVE SOME PICTURES.
Lumberjanes’ Jo is trans! Huzzah!
Katherine Cross at Feministing talks about the shaming involved in the Ashley Madison hacks, and rightfully points out that we should be very worried that the tactics used in that hack are the same tactics used to harass average Janes on the Internet.
Star Wars released a very short promo clip on their Instagram account this week (what a world we live in!) that shows Finn using a lightsaber (rumored to Luke’s original lightsaber) against Kylo Ren, known owner of the world’s dumbest lightsaber.
The most important thing I’ve read this week is this epic, month-long MetaFilter thread about emotional labor: what it is, how it’s done, how we’re socialized to believe it is an inherently female thing (spoiler alert: it’s not), how it’s denigrated, and how it is the basis of all human civilization. I have learned so much from this thread. It has changed the way I see the world. It is a very long read—it took me two and a half days—but I think it’s worth it. Important links stemming from this:
- “Cassandra Among the Creeps,” Rebecca Solnit’s essay on how women’s voices are constantly questioned and discredited.
- C.A. L’Hirondelle spotlights invisible emotional work.
- Caitlin Dewey at The Washington Post frames social media as “affective currency”; your work is paid in good vibes, essentially.
- John Metta at The Huffington Post explains why he’s done talking about race with white people, especially Northern white liberals. (It’s because white people take it personally and try to escape being designated as “racist,” instead of acknowledging our complicit participation in racist systems and structures and trying to change that.)
- That one time Patrick Rothfuss rewrote Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot on the fly so his kid wouldn’t have to hear about a man gaslighting a woman into marrying him.
- Siderea introduces the concept of “relational contact frequency” and wonders how we can maneuver around it.
- This tumblr post points out the two different ways people ask for respect: most people want to be respected as people, but other people (i.e., people who tell you your tone is inappropriate when you’re mad at them instead of dealing with the content of your words) want to be respected as authorities.
- Damon Young at The Huffington Post reflects over how he realized that he didn’t trust women—as in, didn’t trust them to know what they were talking about, even when it was about their own feelings.
- And here’s the entire thread as a .pdf for your personal edification.
Mads Mikkelsen might be in Doctor Strange. DON’T MAKE ME LIKE YOU, MOVIE.
DC might be pulling back from DCYou, its big twenty title strong push for diversity. The always amazing Jess Plummer tells us why she hopes that isn’t true.
Jeb Bush pulled out the term “anchor babies” (ugh, really?) and then doubled down by saying he was talking about Asian immigrants, not Mexican immigrants. What the what. Code Switch rounds up the best responses, but I’m starting to be uncomfortably aware that some conservatives in America are terrified of a country where whites are not the majority. What a weird thing to be afraid of.
Candis Cayne recalls the time she went into a Curb Your Enthusiasm audition and had to explain why the scene she was reading for was transphobic. I am so glad she’s got a recurring role where she doesn’t have to deal with that nowadays, and I really hope that other trans actresses and actors won’t have to put up with parts like that to survive in the future.
Alexandra Robbins at Marie Claire explores the role of sororities in increased incidents of sexual assault on campuses. It’s, obviously, incredibly depressing to read about women covering up or ignoring their sisters’ sexual assaults, but it really highlights a lot of problems in the Greek system and how centered it is on appeasing men no matter the costs. (I am suddenly extra grateful for my college experience at an itty bitty women’s college.)
Jam of the week: Madonna’s performance of “Vogue” at the 1990 MTV Movie Awards. I remember someone involved in Rock of Ages talking about how they found the sound of lucite heels’ clicking so fascinating that they ended up incorporating them into the music, and the fans do much the same here. And Madonna is supposedly wearing Glenn Close’s costume from Dangerous Liaisons. Fabulous.
Entertainment Weekly runs down everything Hannibal (and other characters) wore on Hannibal. This is the only Hannibal thing I can link to for this post, because I am watching the finale right now (or, if you’re reading this in the afternoon, I have watched it and am now howling into the floorboards.)
Added: Wifework by Susan Maushart (via that MetaFilter thread), Dancing at the Edge of the World by Ursula K. Le Guin (via that MetaFilter thread), A Brief History of Video Games by Richard Stanton (via io9)
Added: When Animals Dream (via the AV Club)