The Week in Review: December 6th, 2015

Bloomingdale's: Captain Phasma Dress

Why yes, that is Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma gown in the window of Bloomingdale’s. Star Wars has taken ahold of me and may never give me back.


News of the San Bernardino shootings hit me like a ton of a bricks, and it pains me that we’re here again. Or, rather, that my country is always here, with more mass shootings this year than there have been calendar days, with two occurring on Wednesday. This has to change. This has to change.

Twitter user FeministaJones explains, via Storify, the cultural import and impact of The Wiz.

Stores are running out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise featuring Rey, the film’s female protagonist—which is hilarious, considering that Disney has been leaving her out of action figure sets. The market has spoken!

Did you know that a disco remix of the Star Wars theme charted in the late seventies? WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE (that time being back then).

On the one hand, it’s really great that J.J. Abrams is actively trying to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens a film that welcomes viewers of all genders and ages. On the other hand, lady types of all ages have loved Star Wars since 1977 without much in the way of active encouragement, so it feels a little patronizing that we need permission now.

Cat at Stylishly Impaired writes on fashion’s appropriation of physical disability.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, of Hamilton fame, wrote new cantina music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Here’s Gwendoline Christie in a gown with her (armored) face all over it, posing with a blaster, and talking about how Captain Phasma is such a great female character because the design forces you to only consider her actions and words. Mrs. Captain Phasma mugs, here I come.

Amanda Hess at Slate looks at porn actor James Deen’s fanbase and how its work ended up being ascribed to him at the expense of the fans—at least, not until several women came forward about Deen raping them and his fans dropped him like a hot potato.

Stormtrooper action figures doing anything funny are my weakness, so here’s a bunch of them putting up a Christmas tree and riding a dog.

Daphna Joel and Cordelia Fine share recent findings that debunk the idea of discreet male and female brains.

Everybody wants to be Han Solo in the upcoming young Han Solo film—to the tune of about 2,500 actors. Of the names floated, only Rami Malek interests me, although I think his charisma is a little too pointed and clever to be sentimental ol’ Han. Of course, the only young actor who combines all the key traits—grumpy on the outside, gooey on the inside, able to murder in cold blood—nowadays is Jennifer Lawrence, and I don’t think she’s gonna get cast.

Stephany Folsom will be writing Thor: Ragnarok. Yay! I also totally forgot that Taika Waititi is directing that, which means I am going to love it.

Batman V. Superman: Grimdark Grimdark Grimdark looks so, so bad, but, uh, here’s our first look at Jeremy Irons as Alfred and Jesse Eisenberg as every jerk you went to college with.

DJ Earworm’s annual mash ‘em up United States of Pop has dropped for 2015, and it is, as always, a treat. I love these mashups.

Trying to get rid of some old comics? You can sell them or donate them, and now you can donate them to soldiers overseas!

The Danish Girl has been released. Here’s Carol Grant on why it’s both awful and harmful, and here’s Rani Baker on how it has more to do with a specific subgenre of erotica than actual trans experience.

Malinda Lo has a new book coming out—a YA mystery called A Line in the Dark. And yes, she has confirmed that there will be lesbians.

To promote Omaze’s latest fundraising campaign, Mark Hamill took to Hollywood Boulevard in a Stormtrooper outfit to spread the word. The results were adorable.

Here’s a nice piece from The LA Times about how the 501st Legion, those lovable, charitable hordes of Stormtroopers, got started and how they’re organized.


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7 thoughts on “The Week in Review: December 6th, 2015

  1. I agree with you about JJ Abrams message. The whole “Star Wars was always a boys thing and a movie that dads could take their sons to, and though that’s still very much the case, I was really hoping that this would be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well.” made my head explode a little. My mother DID take me to see Star Wars when I was like 8 and they were playing the original trilogy for a short time at a local theater. She took me to see it because she herself loves it.

    So yeah, it’s definitely a little patronizing. It also makes me worried about how Abrams is going to handle the female character. He doesn’t exactly have the best track record with doing that with the Star Trek reboot. I love those movies but the female characters seem to mostly be regulated to either mother or love interest, rather than fully realized characters who actively influence the course of the movie on their own.

    • Oh, awesome! Was that the time of the rereleases? What a lovely thing to take your kiddo to. 🙂

      Well, there is some good news: the writing team for the Star Trek films were Kurtzmann and Orci (the latter of yelling at Trekkies fame), while the writing team for the new Star Wars is Kasdan, Abrams, and Arndt. Kasdan I trust, I’m largely unfamiliar with Abrams’ work as a writer, and Arndt apparently co-write the screenplay for Hunger Games: Catching Fire under a pseud. This isn’t to say that worry isn’t unwarranted, especially with Abrams at the helm, but rather that some of the screenwriters have managed writing actual human women before. 🙂

      • Oooo! I didn’t know that about the team of writers for this one. That makes me a lot more excited about the film!

        And yeah, when I saw the original trilogy in theaters it was around the time of the rereleases. 😀

  2. Oh Christ, I dropped my face into my hands when I opened that Storify link and saw that someone had called it racist to have an all-black cast in The Wiz. Sweet Jesus.

    I’ve been surprised and impressed with the response to the rape accusations against James Deen. It seems like the fanbase and the porn industry have all been surprisingly great about immediately believing the women who’ve said this happened. And I say “surprisingly” not because of anything to do with porn, but because so many institutions of all stripes have been so consistently awful about believing rape survivors.

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