If you’ve been reading Hathor for any length of time (like, say, since last week) you’re probably aware that many of us in the pop-culture-crit community have something of a chip on our collective shoulder about accusations that our analyses are frivolous. Because I spend so much time alternating between saying, “but what makes you think I don’t also contribute to [“real world” cause du jour], huh?” and “the cultural messages in film and television do so matter!”, I’m always happy to see someone using a popular culture narrative moment to segue into discussion of issues that are decidedly not confined to the television screen. So I was very pleased to see this excellent discussion of consent, kick-started by a scene from new show Dirt, at The Guns of Auguste. Probably nothing new to most readers here, but read it anyway – it’s always good to see common-sense arguments laid out so clearly that they really are common sense.
If you really get into the more text-specific side of analysis, I have a couple of good reads for you, too, this week. First up, Tekanji at Offical Shrub.com blog did a write-up of the Silent Hill movie, wherein she explores the ways in which having a cast made up almost entirely of women was both a good and a bad feature:
Women, not men, were the spotlight characters; from the main protagonist, to her helper, to the main villain, and beyond. It’s rare in films of this genre, even films that are trying to make a point about gender, for there to be so many visible women in main, supporting, and extra roles.
But this was proven to be a double edged sword; none of the female characters were just incidentally female; it was all part of a larger reaching set of tropes and symbolism”¦
Meanwhile, Skye of Heroine Content is disappointed by the one-dimensional women in Van Helsing:
What I can’t help but wonder is why? This is a fantasy film working with established characters and mythology, but I can’t imagine the film’s creators felt constrained by that. They put Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Frankenstein, and a werewolf in one movie! I doubt their next thought was “Let’s make sure we don’t change the fucked up gender stereotypes, though! Could be dangerous!”
In other internets reading – I’ve been seeing a fair amount of horrible messages for little girls lately, and this week was no exception. Karen Healey wrote about creepy relationships in the manga CardCaptor Sakura in her well-titled post “In Fiction, No One Will Have You Fired”:
Rika, who is described as “nice”, “pretty” and “really mature”, has told her friends that she has an older boyfriend. After exchanging significant glances and blushes with Rika, the teacher gives her a ring, “as promised”, declaring, “I told the clerk that this is an engagement ring. Take care of it until it becomes a wedding ring.”
Rika, by the way, is ten.
On the American-comics-related side of things, I wrote in my LiveJournal this week about encountering some horrifying Supergirl Valentines at the grocery store. Valentines that say things like, I kid you not, “Saving the World can be Glamorous!”
Ugh. I’m still trying to clean that experience out of my brain.
Winding to a close here, in internets that I have no idea how to connect to the rest of this edition of IRtI, author Elizabeth Bear (have you read any of her novels? No? You should!) wrote a post this week that should appeal to those of you who are interested in queer characters and/or the experience of writing the other.
See you guys next week – and if you felt that this week’s edition was a little short, go out and write me some internets to read, already!