Links of Great Interest: Tons from Readers this Week

Signal Boost: Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Rights is having a funding drive.

A review of It Gets Messy in Here

From Jade:

Here’s the link for an interesting interview with the screenwriter of
the 2011 prequel The Thing.

The reason I’m sending it to you is because it has a few interesting
points about the central female character and how the screenwriter was
given a mandate, by the studios, to include a strong female character.
Isn’t that unusual?

Not only was she capable and intelligent but at no point in the film
was she wearing any sexualised clothing or involved in a romance. This
was amazing considering that the last film I saw was Transformers 3
and women in that were basically summed up — within the actual
dialogue and direction, no less — as objects for men to own.

The other interesting point within the interview, perhaps most
importantly, was how much of the script and movie was changed to
appeal to what the studios think are modern audience expectations. The
script was gutted to make it more popular and yet, despite all these
changes, the strong female character remained in the script! I thought
that was reassuring.

Anyway, worth a read. Take care

Fucking amazing post on privilege.

An attack on abortion rights

From Jenn:

More on sex abuse in Hollywood.

They use the word “epidemic”. Nice extension of a discussion we had a while back

From Jenn:

Former Episcopal bishop explains why the Bible is neither literal history nor the literal word of God, and not a static document so much as a guide to help you see patterns and interpret your current world according to the spirit of Christianity.

A discussion of racism and the World Fantasy Award

An update on Mosquito y Mari:

http://www.mosquitaymari.com/
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mosquitaymari/mosquita-y-mari-a-new-voice-in-independent-filmmak?ref=card

Mosquita y Mari is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender love between two young Chicanas that struggles to find its place in their lives and in today’s world. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A’s and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented mother who scrambles to make ends meet. When Mari moves in across the street from Yolanda, they maintain their usual life routine, until an incident at school thrusts them into a friendship and into unknown territory. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Lost in their private world of unspoken affection, lingering gazes, and heart-felt confessions of uncertain futures, Yolanda’s grades begin to slip while Mari’s focus drifts away from her duties at a new job. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found desires thus driving Yolanda and Mari’s relationship to the edge, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to each other. “

Profoundly moving testimony from a 52 year old prostitute.

A review of DC comics in 2011

A review of 2011′s best short fiction

THIS IS A SERIOUS INQUIRY ABOUT DRAGONS.

Opencourseware!

11 movies you should have seen

From Cloudtigress:

An article from AlterNet discussing the gay coming-out subtext in the
new Muppet Movie. Article writer is very pleased that nothing horrible
happens to the ‘outed’ character by the end, which is evidently a rare
occurrence in movies with gay lead characters.

And now, for something completely different: the (US) Center for
Disease Control has put out a graphic novel showing the reader what
supplies they’ll need on hand to survive a zombie apocalypse — plus
lesser emergencies like floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, ect. I mention
this because this site’s been known to have zombie problems in the
past…… ;D

From Casey:

So…yeah. From Mayotte in Feministing’s comment section:

Hugo Schwyzer not only preyed on his students, he tried to murder a
woman and former lover.

“I walked into the little kitchen only steps from where my ex lay.
I blew out the pilot lights on our gas oven and on the burners, and
turned the dials on everything up to maximum. I pulled the oven away
from the wall, leaving the gas line intact, positioning it so that the
gas was blowing directly at the passed-out young woman on the
floor.”

He went on to lie while taking advantage of every opportunity as a
white man to get away with it (“The sheriff’s department didn’t
arrest me because they assumed that the two of us were in a suicide
pact. But I knew differently”)

And this is just the stuff he has admitted to, which frightens me to
the core about how narcissistic and manipulative he is when no one’s
watching.

Here’s another post on Hugo.

From The Other Anne:

From Greta Christina, my most adored atheist
speaker/writer/famousperson.

I saw the original thread on Reddit, viewed the picture, thought “aw,
that’s so cute! I’m happy her mom would do that!” and then noticed she
was young and attractive and decided there was absolutely no way I was
going to read the comments. I wish I had, and had stood up for her,
but alas it was Christmas and I chose to look after my own psyche
first. I left reddit for the last 6 months because of shit like this.
And shit like this makes me wish I’d never gone back. Watson really
makes the misogynists and rape apologizers on reddit swarm and foam at
the mouth, and I love her too.

She wrote this.

From Anemone:

I don’t know if I’m allowed to promote myself here or not. (Looks
around, embarrassed.) As some of you are aware, I published a paper on
film content two years ago (Sex Doesn’t Sell – Nor Impress!). The news
is I’ve uploaded my database from that study to the internet in an
interactive, updateable form, with additional data, and anyone
interested in film content, representation of women etc, can go play
and admire.

(and yes, there may still be bugs)

Doesn’t look like tai chi to me…

Really amazing post on UnicornBooty on homophobia and the responsibilities bloggers and business owners have to their communities

WhenBorn in East LA is no longer a comedy

NOM CHEESE

Comments

  1. Patrick McGraw says

    Regarding Lovecraft, I think it is important to point out that many of his contemporaries mentioned his racism. That’s not being “a man of his times,” but being deeply racist.

    I think Lovecraft was a brilliant writer, but his racism needs to be acknowledged. The author of the linked post was absolutely correct in bringing up the argument of how much Lovecraft’s racism shaped his work. That and his loathing of marine life. Some stories, like The Shadow Over Innsmouth are basically both folded into one.

  2. Dina Bow says

    DC should probably hire writers with a different mindset and let their artists draw in different styles. Their way of writing female characters is ticking many people off so I wonder if they have even considered it. I am bugged by how they wanted to beautify Amanda Waller, which means perming her hair too.
    I feel sorry for that girl that just wanted to talk about her Christmas gift. I have never seen so much off topic hate for someone who literally did not do anything. Everyone who joked (at least they’re joking, right?? Either way every joke has a kernel of truth…) like that should be on the FBI’s watch list or something.

  3. Casey says

    The Episcopal Bishop link is quite good and led me to another one of his articles explaining that YES, the Bible really IS homophobic and basically says any relationship involving anything that’s not one man and one woman married is SINFUL~!!1one
    Kinda reminds me of a terrifying FB screencap I found on Tumblr wherein some homophobic ass-hat said that if biblical-style punishment for various infractions were still tolerated, he’d stone to death as many gay people as he could. *shudders*

  4. says

    Patrick McGraw,

    That’s a good point. And in addition, many of his works are explicitly about race and the horrors of interbreeding. He said “fishmen” instead of “mulatto”, but spec fic doesn’t get to have it both ways. Elves and aliens are frequently used as metaphors for people of color/various races. (Usually so the author can talk about the evils of racism without actually having to show a real person who has suffered from real racism…but I digress.)

  5. Casey says

    Greta Christina’s article is awesome, too bad it’s been filled with Yes-Butters in the comments section, even a guy named MoralNihilist is on there wanking about how WE SHOULDN’T JUDGE ALL OF REDDIT HARSHLY DUE TO A FEW BAD APPLES~!! like he did on Rebecca Watson’s post about this very same issue. UGH! It’s like that one commenter on here who kept trying to defend 4chan.

  6. The Other Anne says

    Casey,

    The splendid irony of r/atheism is that with no sense of hypocrisy they’ll turn around and scream No True Scotsman at many a theist, tell all theists they are responsible for each other, and decide they’re all stupid. Sorry ratheism, you can’t have it be that you can hold a huge dissimilar group responsible for all while saying you are not responsible for yours. And yeah, the only thing tying atheists together is a lack of belief in deities. Well, the only thing tying all theists together is the belief in a deity or dieties! Hah! I can play that game too!

    –cue atheists whinging “but that’s different!” and it’s just a joke! And you’re overreacting! Gas lighting and derailment and defending it galore! Ugh I need to stop redditing again. Luckily my account and password were lost so I’m not participating.

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