WisCon (“The World’s Leading Feminist Science Fiction Convention”) is just over a month away, dear readers, and I’ve treated myself to some geeky THL merch to wear at it this year – which arrived today! Just in case any of you have been thinking about making a purchase but were hesitating out of concern that our logo might not look so hot on fabric, let me assure you that the transfers look great. I can’t wait to show my new t-shirts off.
Probably most sci-fi readers and writers have heard about Dr. Howard V. Hendrix’s recent rant accusing authors who make their work available online of being scabs and “converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch.” Not surprisingly, many people were a little peeved about that. Writer Jo Walton has responded by declaring this upcoming Monday “International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day”:
On this day, everyone who wants to should give away professional quality work online. It doesn’t matter if it’s a novel, a story or a poem, it doesn’t matter if it’s already been published or if it hasn’t, the point is it should be disseminated online to celebrate our technopeasanthood.
Persons interested in joining the ranks of the pixel-stained technopeasants (or just reading their stuff) might also wish to check out the IPSTP LiveJournal community.
According to what I’ve seen of women in fiction, we’re unsure of ourselves. We’re uncomfortable with ourselves. We’re uncomfortable with our bodies. We’re uncomfortable with our sexuality. We don’t know what we’re capable of. We second-guess ourselves. We surprise ourselves. We hate ourselves. We hurt ourselves and the people around us. Society seems designed to make us that way and that’s what I see in most female characters. Every woman’s story in fiction seems to be a coming into herself. Learning those traits.
Wonder Woman is not supposed to be like that. Wonder Woman is supposed to already be the woman other women in fiction learn to be. She’s at the point where you are done working on your inside and ready to work on the outside world.
Amy Reads of Arrogant Self-Reliance adds to the conversation with her own post, “Make Mine Amazonian: A Brief Review of Wonder Woman #7,” wherein she asks (among other things):
Why does so much of popular culture insist that Feminism is about misandry? Why does so much of popular culture insist that Feminists hate men? Hate women? And, in all truth, hate themselves?
Meanwhile, in other book-related internets, Rebecca reviews YA novel The Prophet of Yonwood at Active Voice, and the angry black woman writes about the importance of “Normal Girls Who Do Extraordinary Things” at Feminist SF – The Blog!:
For me, this is an extremely welcome relief from YA characters that are painfully (and boringly) super outcasts or omni-competent. And it’s particularly nice to see a view of interactions between young girls that does not promote the false notion that all girls are universally mean to each other, shallow, and self-centered.
Also this week at Feminist SF – The Blog!, Ide Cyan has a post about some trends she’s noticed while adding women TV writers and directors to a list of women eligible for 2008 SF awards. Meanwhile, Fellow-ette has some things to say about what she’s watching on HBO at The Egalitarian Bookworm (Chick?):
Hey, I’m all about getting the characters’ real perspective, but surely the male fans of Entourage would identify with horny dudes who experience some sort of emotional range beyond “girl hot, must have.” The Sopranos guys are misogynists, after all, but they’re misogynists with guilt, and feelings, and regret, and passions, and women in their lives for whom they actually care. And that’s okay with me because it’s what fiction should be–an exploration of real human traits.
The women at Heroine Content, meanwhile, are still posting a couple of great, insightful movie reviews per week. I really liked what Skye had to say about Buffy The Vampire Slayer:
So yeah, it’s cotton candy, but it’s fun. Buffy starts off as an airhead, living the rich girl life of shopping and Christian Slater movies. A mysterious man shows up and tells her she has a destiny… and you probably know the rest. Goodbye the girl who doesn’t react when her boyfriend’s best friend says “I don’t mean to sound sexist or anything, but can I borrow her?” Hello to the girl who spends her time training for battle, then slams the aforementioned jock into a locker when he tries an unwelcome grab. Very satisfying.
Closing with a little fun, those of you who enjoyed tekanji’s “Geek Girl” Stereotype Bingo a couple of weeks ago will no doubt get a kick out of the many other fine bingo cards available on the internets, links to several of which have been collected in this handy post by Tlönista. And gamers should check out Mighty Ponygirl’s “Friday open thread: Gamer giggles checklist” at Feminist Gamers.
See you all next week!