I picked up Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Cruther somewhere in college when I went on one of my “wild amazon” trips and spent like 60 dollars on books in one go! Exciting! The point of these trips was always to buy something I wouldn’t normally buy. I’d read on some blog that Crutcher was this YA must read and I won’t lie the title stuck out at me.
Romance novels ruined Dune for me.
That sounds weird I know so let me explain. I’ve spent about five years not just reading romance novels but editing them and reviewing them. Really, thinking about them. I spent five years focusing on small towns and Amish heroines. Five years of reunion romances and everyone getting their HEA, Happily Ever After for the uninformed.
So I know how you can think that maybe these stories that all seem to end the same ruined me because Dune’s ending is a little bit of a cliffhanger, sure it stands on it’s own but you want to know more. But you’d be wrong. My want to read Dune Messiah isn’t what we’re talking about.
Laurie Penny will piss you off, or rather the light she shines on how fucked things are will piss you off.
If you want to understand the confusing power that is female sexuality and beauty read Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter. The books is a grimy hard ride through trailer park poverty. This is the kind of novel that makes you want a shower in the best possible way. It holds a mirror up to the kind of girl that we rarely acknowledge exists. Baby Girl and Perry, the main characters are cold and cruel, growing up in a hopeless place. They are keenly aware of the fact that there’s no escape from the monotony and utter boredom of their lives and for the reader there is no escape from this narrative. Continue reading
I really wish my first reaction to the new Barbie about coding being ridiculously sexist was shock. Look people this is still Barbie, what about her makes you think she’s on the feminist ball? I know you can make a look at all those jobs she’s had argument but at the end of the day we all know those jobs are more about selling outfits than empowering girls. Don’t believe me? Then why does Doctor Barbie wear high heels?
Anyway in case FB has yet to inform you Mattel put out and doosy of a picture book called Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer. It contains jems like this.
The book continues to the obvious lesson that if girls want to use computers they need help from boys. It’s facepalmingly bad in places. Here’s why I’m not shocked. I’m appalled, and disappointed but not shocked.
It’s not even a secret anymore that women in the tech industry are abused so badly they LEAVE. Two different women who work in the games industry (the very thing Barbie wants to do) were threatened with rape and murder and forced to leave their homes. A different woman was Doxxed just because she said she was scared. What exactly was it about our current culture that made anyone think a book could come out about girls and tech and not be terrible?
Children’s media especially has to get through a lot of gatekeepers and they for the most part aren’t the liberal parents we’d all like them to be. Those gatekeepers sometimes have views that make most of us cringe at the Thanksgiving table because Crazy Aunt Maude is talking again. When the media run by our generation can’t even handle this topic without literally police being called how can we expect anyone else to do better?
It’s why I take feminist issues in things so seriously because we are no where near the point where a book like this is shocking, it was just Wednesday.
Recently The Mary Sue was able to sit down with the Batgirl creative team to discuss the publics reaction to the brand new more hipster Babs and her more cyber villains. Overall the interview is great and it gives me a lot of hope for the series but some parts of it left me shaking my head a little. For once it’s DC Fan’s I’m annoyed with rather than DC itself because you know the patriarchy likes to shake things up.
This comic has pretty much haunted me since I saw it. Cat Call by Ursa shows better than any other comic I’ve seen what it’s like to grow up female in the world. While I’ve seen many comics that explain how cat calls make you feel it’s hard to make men understand the cumulative effect of them. How it changes the way you approach the world.