I’m back again, internets! Happily married, and no longer freaking out randomly over stupid things like whether or not two different materials are exactly the same shade of dark green. Not that I ever did freak out over such a thing. Of course not.
Anyway! I’ve been pretty busy, and haven’t been as glued to the internets as is my general habit, but I do have some fresh reading for you all this weekend. Yayes!
Beyond the shows in particular, there is another, overarching problem with the new season: a severe lack of diversity. Once again we’re given white males and white males and, for variety, white males. Only two shows (Pushing Daisies and Bionic Woman) can claim any recurring characters of color and those same two shows are the only ones with female leads. I wish I could say that the lack of diversity is the reason why most of these shows fail. It actually has more to do with the lackluster premises and the uninspired writing.
I am not satisfied at all with the portrayal of women in The Golden Compass. The female characters are few and far between and have very limited roles. Men get to have a variety of positions and jobs and personalities but women are limited to only a few. At least thus far in the trilogy we seem to have two main types of human women, with Lyra in the middle as an androgynous child-innocent. Those two types are a) Unattractive Good Women and b) Attractive Evil Women. Non-humans (witches, bears and daemons) seem exempt from those roles but have their own sexist bits, as well.
Ahh, popular YA fantasy…?
Parenting is *hard*, Gentle Reader, and This Humble Author can only imagine how difficult it is for someone who puts her life In Constant Danger, every day. Because we never see that In “Real Life,” no? Of course, police officers, firefighters, soldiers, teachers, cab drivers, stay-at-home parents, caterers, bakers, all of these and more have Quite Easy jobs that never Are Unsafe. Their lives, so easy to work around, their jobs, so simple and constantly safe.
Friends, is this not The Point? Is it not to say that Parenting is Hard, and that is why we have Interesting Storylines involving a Fighter for Justice and her Wee Child? Or, in Black Canary’s case, her child trained by Expert Assassins? Is this not why we see the “it takes a village” mentality for our superheroes, again and again? The Authority offered group parenting for Jenny Quantum, Batman can adopt children Willy-Nilly, the Amazons truly take the “it takes a village” mentality to heart with their children, but suddenly, it is Too Difficult for Selina Kyle or Dinah Lance to raise daughters, even with the help of dozens of friends and trusted colleagues?
I don’t follow Catwoman storylines, particularly, but I have been keeping up with Black Canary, and it seems to me that there’s a whole lot of infantilizing going on with that character, lately – not her adopted daughter, mind you, but the grown woman and crime-fighter. Seeing a supposedly strong female character who is suddenly unable to take care of dependents or even make decisions about relatively trivial stuff on her own anymore is pretty goddamn perturbing, isn’t it?
So what am I up to, now? Is it “Ahh, media of all kinds….” yet? It must be time to read some internets regarding gaming!
At Nothing New Under the Sun, bellatrys has done some excellent genderswapping with an image from the game Heavenly Sword. You really need to just click on through and check out the whole post. Also, there’s some excellent discussion going on in the comments.
I understand that in many games it’s a matter of context, but I would really love to see more female monsters get the Scary As Hell Treatment and fewer appear as Ew But Somehow Still Sexy or Graagh What A(nother) Creepy Little Girl.
If you want more internets reading on scary games, check out the October issue of Cerise, which contains, among other great things, an interview with all of the bloggers from Girl in the Machine.
And to conclude, Home on the Strange always brings some funny – particularly for those of us who spend too much time thinking about Nielsen ratings.
That’s all I’ve got for you this week, but I know that I must’ve missed tons of great internets while I was away. What have you been reading, lately?