I know, long title right? Anyway
I was a huge fan of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye when it premiered. It was a title that actually got me buying single titles again. I loved what most people did, the snark, David Aja’s art, the fact that it was a truly stand alone title. It was really hard not to love. But somewhere around the time Kate Bishop packed off for LA, I stopped reading. I blamed it mostly on my unemployment and thus inability to keep buying weeklies but after reading LA Woman, I’m not surprised I let my weekly buying habits wane.
I wanted to like Mr. Robot, I really did. It was the surprise must see show of the summer from creator Sam Esmail. On the surface it seemed to have everything I love, hacking, anti-capitalist action, Christian Slater but there were some issues that were so egregious I nearly stopped watching. I’m glad I stuck with it through the end of the season and I will be watching season 2 but that doesn’t mean I’m letting this show off easy.
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.
Animator Scott Benson created this creepy stunning short about the Red Pill bullshit we see on the internet all the time. It’s nice to see guys finally taking a stand against this kind of thinking and behavior because women can’t correct it on their own. Red Pill dudes inherently don’t believe anything women say so it’s up to other men to set them straight.
The supremely popular and totally inappropriate game to play around your parents Cards Against Humanity has teamed up with SMBC to create the Science Ambassador Scholorship.
The scholarship according to it’s website offers a “full-ride scholarship for women seeking undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.”
The other badass thing about this scholarship is that it defines women as “” Applicants can be in high school or college, and must identify as women in a way that’s significant to them. ”
It’s almost like this gender thing really isn’t that hard after all.
Laurie Penny will piss you off, or rather the light she shines on how fucked things are will piss you off.
copyright Naday Lev
“We were there too, the other geeks and weird kids whose lives were hellish at school, who escaped into books and computers, who stayed up all night scanning obscure forums, looking for transcendence, dreaming of elsewhere. We were there too, but you didn’t see us, because we were girls. And the costs of being the geek were the same for us, right down to the sexual frustration, the yearning, the being laughed at, the loneliness. […] We had to fight the same battles you did, only harder, because we were women and we also had to fight sexism, some of it from you, and when we went looking for other weird kids to join our gang, we were told we weren’t ‘real geeks’ because we were girls.” ― Laurie Penny, Cybersexism: Sex, Gender and Power on the Internet
If you haven’t been reading Laurie Penny’s books and her blog Penny Red fix that now. I read this quote as it appears in Penny’s book Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution and it struck me really hard. It described how alone I felt in middle school. I once read an article by a friend about how accepting and amazing nerd culture was because everyone was a little weird and finally they had this place to belong and it hurt to have to tell him that I never felt that acceptance. I love going to comic con but I still brace myself for the dude that thinks I’m there for my boyfriend. Going to comic shops still means I have to listen to a well meaning dude explain comics I’ve already read to me. The loneliness I was used to. Same with feeling like I didn’t belong but it hurts more from nerds because they should be my people. Getting told I’m not a real gamer because I play “girl games” stings a lot more than a jock calling me a bitch. Being a girl means constantly having to fight to belong and I’m so fucking sick of fighting.