Every once in a while, we like to share some good stuff from other sites ’round the web:
Matinee: the story of Ragnell going to the theater and seeing ten previews for upcoming movies – not one of which featured someone of her gender in a heroic role. As she points out, this year we got The Devil Wears Prada, and that’s about it. But you know, according to Hollywood, it’s entirely our own damn fault for not buying enough movie tickets. Yeah… I guess if we’d flock to movies made for men, that would shown them we’re willing to spend the money to go to the movies. But wait, why would they make movies for us if we’re seeing the movies they make for men? Let me see if I’ve got this straight: we buy tickets to boy movies and we get denied girl movies, or we don’t buy tickets to boy movies and get denied girl movies. Hmm.
The fifth Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans is accepting submissions of articles on – you guessed it – sci-fi or fantasy from a feminist perspective. Deadline is September 25, so go submit some articles now. No, you don’t have to submit any of ours, but it would be most appreciated.
Seeking Avalon writes about the issue of men dismissing our comments against badly drawn women characters as merely the jealous ravings of ugly women resenting pretty actresses [article since locked]. This article looks at a slightly different aspect of what I was addressing earlier this week about male privilege.
This just in: A Conversation on Body Image, in which Dora eloquently discusses the blind privilege which allows white men to think people of color should just picture themselves in place of socially aesthetically white beauties in novels and visual media, rather than expecting the media to include more forms of beauty. The impact of the pushing of white aestheticism was not to make her yearn to be white, when she was a kid: it made her want wide blue eyes and softly curling hair and other traits that just happen to belong pretty much exclusively to the white race. I really can’t do the article justice: I strongly encourage you to read it.