The language of lust

George Lakoff is a prominant linguistics professor at Berkeley who is reasonably well known outside the field for his accessible analyses of political discourse. In his more academic work, he details the ways that cognitive structures are set up based on series of linguistic and metaphorical “schema”. The title of one of his early books, […]

Prince of Tides: Role Reversal?

Pat Conroy’s Prince of Tides is the story of a family in crisis and how the determination to keep the source of that crisis a secret almost destroys the individual members of said unit. Amazon.com offers this as plot synopsis: …it is the story of a destructive family relationship wherein a violent father abuses his […]

The Privilege of the Sword

Ellen Kushner’s The Privilege of the Sword is unique for its explorations of gender and sexuality in a fantasy setting. Its nominations (Nebula Award nominee, Locus Award Finalist, Tiptree Honor Book) certainly go a long way to recommend it. If you’re not into fantasy, this book might still be a good read. It’s definitely a […]

Gibson Girls of Cyberpunk

In my first year of teaching Freshman Comp at a local Boston college, I taught a class that I designed myself called “Virtual Realities, Virtual Bodies: Technology and Identity.” Students were asked to examine the evolving role of technology vis-à-vis human and gendered identity. Truth be told, I molded this entire class around one book: […]

How to Talk to Girls at Parties, by Neil Gaiman

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” has been nominated for a Hugo, and has been made available on-line. It’s one of the short stories in Gaiman’s collection, Fragile Things. I should first admit that although I’m a bit of a comics geek, Gaiman’s not on my must-read list. Occasionally I will adore his work, […]

I Would Love to be a Fly on the Wall at This Panel

I ran across this snippet at author John Scalzi’s blog Whatever this morning. It’s from the schedule at Penguicon, which is this weekend in Troy, MI. 6-7PM Promenade East Limited Female Roles In Fantasy, Comics, and SF TheFerrett, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Sarah Monette, M. Keaton Why is it that a female character will either […]