I Read the Internets – 8/12/07

Hi there, internets!  I’ve missed you!  Sorry I disappeared for so long – first I was busy reading the last Harry Potter book, and then there were inconveniently-timed power outages (it’s monsoon season here, and we tend to lose power lines during the high winds and flooding), and then after that I was having RSI troubles – but I’m here now!  And, though I’ve been online rather less than usual the past month, I do have some internets for you to read.

First, some announcements of interest to those with participatory personalities:

Mickle at The True Confessions of an Hourly Bookseller will be hosting the next Feminist SF Carnival, and I am super-excited about her suggested theme:

In honor of her majesty’s bravery, and in response to recent controversies, this month’s Carnival will focus on “chicks with swords” – or any other type of heroine and her favored weaponry.

The deadline to submit a blog post for inclusion in the carnival is the 13th of this month, which means there’s just enough time left for you all to squeak something in, if you try.  And please do try!

Speaking of rapidly-approaching deadlines, those of you who are fast writers will also have time to get in on International Blog Against Racism Week, which is meant to run until the 12th.  Of course, if you don’t manage to get a post up tomorrow, I don’t think it’s ever a bad time to blog against racism.  Whatever else, be sure and check out the LiveJournal community set up for IBARW for links to some really excellent blog posts.

Looking a little further ahead, readers of the internets may be interested to know that fabulous feminist comics site Girl-Wonder.org will be holding a fundraising auction in October, for which they are accepting donations of awesome items.  Previews of the donated items are being posted to whet everyone’s appetites for the coming auction (you might see something from a crafter you recognize, there).

As I mentioned above, I’ve not been online too much of late, so I have only a handful of other internets to offer – but they’re all excellent reading, I assure you.  First up, Amy Reads is brilliant, as usual, when discussing the importance of readers in comics:

While I am Ever-Ready to write on A Title Of My Own (Big Barda or The Amazon Princess for me, DC!), and while I am Ever-Writing on A Comic Of My Own (Happy to send Treatments, DC!), these are those ever-illusive and often-proverbial “Pipe Dreams” exactly because they are dreams. Even further, they are dreams exactly because I am, First and Foremost, A Reader: by choice, by trade, by training, by profession, by paycheck, by understanding. Reading is What I Do, and if you may forgive a modest lack of modesty for the moment, I am Exceptional at my job.

But because I am Good at What I Do, I also become, while not Hulk-Smash upset at it, Rather Perturbed by the idea that if I don’t like something that is out there, then rather try and change it, I should just accept what is there and personally make what I want.

Following on from a post about readers, it seems natural to link to a few book reviews.  Calico_reaction had some very favorable things to say about The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden, by Catherynne M. Valente, in her LiveJournal.  Meanwhile, Grace of Heroine Content has a book on gender and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer to recommend, while Therem has some “Thoughts on Elemental Logic” to share over at Feminist SF – The Blog!

I’ve somehow managed to miss the discussion of gender in television and film that I know is going on out there, this past little while, but I did catch Richie’s take on Miss Potter over at Crimitism:

It’s not just that they left out all the interesting bits, it’s what they left them out in favour of; one of those banal, soft-edged, tea-saturated upper class romances that people who’ve never read Jane Austen think Jane Austen is like. One of those stories that take place in an idealised, fluffy version of Olde England full of pouting women and blushing young men, all of whom may as well be mannequins for all the personal and sexual presence they’ve got.

…yeah, I don’t think I’ll watch that one.

For the gamers, the August issue of Cerise is out, with some really neat content.  I think pointing you all at the new feature “The Back Page” will be an excellent way to close this edition of I Read the Internets with a little humor.

Next week, I should have some shiny new internets to share with you!


  1. says

    I did go ahead and rent Miss Potter, and it was – eh.

    It’s the type of movie I might have liked a lot better and considered to be more feminist a decade ago, before I’d discovered Buffy and before I’d had so many conversations about feminist theory and before I knew so much about Potter’s scientific achievements.

    It had some good moments and some bad, but it mostly seemed to be about a kid showing her parents that she wasn’t a kid anymore, with a dash of watered feminist and class commentary thrown in.

    The fighting with her parents got old, but the bits where they were discussing how to make the book were interesting. She had a lot of strong opinions about who it should be marketed to, and was right in the end. It makes me wonder if she revolutionized children’s books by doing more than just writing really good ones. Considering all the other things she accomplished, I wouldn’t doubt it.

    Plus, it seemed as much about a woman finding her place as it was about finding a man who changed her; her friendship with her editor’s/publisher’s sister was shown as almost as transformative as her relationship with her editor/publisher.

    It’s one of those cases where you could tell they were trying so hard, but fell so very short.

  2. says

    It makes me want to track down a good biography – the little bit about her that I’ve learned through the power of the internets is really interesting.

  3. says

    My biggest problem with it was that, because it started with her already being published and having control over her work, we didn’t see any of the effort that led her there. She just sort of materialised fully-formed.

    The relationship / class stuff was fine, except that it could basically have been about *any* upper-class Edwardian woman, so it seemed like a waste to bring Potter into it and chop out huge sections of her life in the process.

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