After posting last week’s I Read the Internets, I suddenly wondered whether I had somehow missed the latest Feminist SF Carnival (it seemed like it had been quite some time since I read one), so I went looking and found out that the carnival has been postponed while Ragnell hunts for a host. If you have the slightest bit of interest in hosting an edition of the Feminist SF Carnival, you should totally go for it. You can find contact details and such here.
Am I trying to argue that in a male versus female discussion about sexism, the female voice is always right? Of course not. That would be ridiculous. There are plenty of feminist complaints that I look at and go “…you know, I think this one’s a stretch.” I’ve even blogged about them.
But the thing is, since our society still defaults to a male point of view, that means that a man does not necessarily need to see sexism at all. (Similarly a white person does not necessarily need to see racism, or a straight person doesn’t need to see homophobia.)
She’s got a lot more to say on the subject – check it out.
Girls reading comics are in shamefully short supply. She-Hulk herself reads “Marvel Comics”, since they’re legal documents – but that’s usually for work, not pleasure. Jack’s sisters read a lot, but comics don’t appear to be in their piles of library acquisitions.
When I read that The Authority’s Engineer was a DC Comics fan – a fan who wanted to be a hero, and knew she would have to make herself one – my reaction was not a mere happy recognition, but a fist-clenched “YES!” Finally, a comics fan more like me; an acknowledgement that reading comics wasn’t a wholly masculine activity!
Sadly, Angie’s the only one I’ve ever seen.
Karen’s asking readers to name other girls in comics who read comics, and a few commenters have already chimed in – do you have any to add to the list?
In 1929 Nancy Drew burst forth from the mind of Edward Stratemeyer like Athena from Zeus. Unlike Athena, however, Nancy wasn’t yet fully formed. She hadn’t even gained her proper name yet – Edward originally dubbed her Stella Strong. It took two women, Harriet Stratemeyer and Mildred Benson, to take Nancy in hand and create the girl detective that has lasted for 59 years, fifty-six original novels, movies, several knockoff novel series, and a television show.
This is their story.
Meanwhile, Reb over at Adventures in Lame reports on a signing she attended featuring Scott Westerfield and Jonathan Strahan, among others, and some interesting questions that were asked and answers that were given.
In gaming news, the November issue of Cerise magazine is now live. There’s a lot of really thought-provoking content this time around, and hopefully a little something to read for everyone. The editors are currently accepting submissions for their December issue, on the topic of “Gaming as an Industry.” Check out the submissions guidelines for more info.
I don’t have any comics or light-hearted posts to share with you in closing this week, but Skye’s review of Resident Evil: Extinction at Heroine Content made me laugh, so perhaps it will amuse you, as well.
See you next week, internets! Happy reading!