Before you get into pure internets links, head over to Team Rainbow and pick up a copy of her feminist comic book “Rainbow Girl Stars in SEXY WAR” [blog now private]. First of all, it’s a feminist comic book, and second:
It is an international grassroots fundraiser with all proceeds donated to Umoja Uasa Kenyan Women’s Village, a formidable group of women in Umoja, Kenya who are escaping and stopping domestic violence and sexual assault in their lives and community.
All proceeds go to this group. I haven’t received my copy yet, so I can’t review it, but that’s a good enough reason for me.
Now, to the reading: the 14th Carnival of Feminist Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fans is up at Heroine Content. That’s really a long start, because there is so much goodness over there it’s really tough to pick out just a few highlights. But specifically, if you’re looking for reading to follow up firebird’s post on Pirates III, check out the link on White and Black Sexuality in the film on Feminist SF–The Blog!. Great comics content includes angryrantgirl at Neither Doormat Nor Prostitute providing a comprehensive list of dos and don’ts on writing Wonder Woman, and Sequentially Speaking covers the frustration of hearing the argument that superhero comics aren’t for girls, anyway, in It’s Hard Out Here For a Fangirl (as a comic book store owner, she’s got an angle on it that most of us don’t get to see), and Humph points out that in addition to the obvious problems with that Heroes for Hire cover, they’ve managed to seriously enwhiten the formerly clearly African American Misty Knight, and notes that
[this] wouldn’t burn quite so badly if it wasn’t for the fact that Misty is one of extremely few black heroines with afro hair and her do has traditionally been depicted as MADE OF AWESOME.
And finally, on books, it’s back to Feminist SF–The Blog! for a great go-to link for anyone who, like me, frequently has to explain that liking science fiction and being a feminist doesn’t mean I unequivocally like Pern.
So much more at the Carnival is worth reading, but a couple of other things I want to point out…there was something of a brouhaha after the president of “Americans Against Obesity” gave a rant on Fox News about how Jordin Sparks’ American Idol win would encourage fat people basically to think it was okay to be fat. Feministe covers it with Meme Roth wants fat people to hide in their homes lest they get airs that they belong in public without showing their shame for existing. My own note on this, incredibly obvious though it is, would be that her wrath over Jordin is a perfect example of how this has nothing to do with health or even, really, obesity, but rather entirely with reinforcing existing beauty standards, because there is no way that young woman is built to be anything other than the size she is in order to be healthy. Check out the follow-up post as well for some thoughts on discussions of eating disorders.
And The Egalitarian Bookworm asks Are reality TV shows sexist, or just stupid?, including a paragraph that clearly covers one of the basic problems of the intersection of white male privilege and pop culture:
On the other hand, while the women who are chosen for these shows are often crazy, disturbed, manipulative, whatever, the men are too. In fact, there are always a nice pack of egotistical, self-involved chauvinist white men doing their stupid white men stuff in every reality TV situation I can think of (except for Beauty and the Geek, for which I have a massive soft spot). It’s just that they aren’t an oppressed group, and on some level society doesn’t truly condemn their assholeish behavior, even if the show pretends to. I always feel as though viewers are going to leave the finale of a series like RW being like, you know “bitches is crazy!” while very few of them will say their final impression is that “god, men are such pigs.”
Revena’s back with you next week, so I will again be reading the internets purely recreationally and watching television for research purposes.