Reading List: Delights from around the interwebs to intrigue and inspire you

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  • 25-feminist-science-fiction.w529.h352The 25 Most Feminist Moments in Sci-Fi History (according to New York Magazine) including seminal movies like Alien and Star Wars as well as comic book heroines, sci-fi novelists and ground breaking tv shows like Star Trek and The Bionic Woman (she was so cool).

 

  • MV5BMTI2NDI5ODk4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMTI3NTE3._V1_SX214_AL_and another list The 25 Best Films Directed By Female Directors there were a few directors left off which I was a wee bit surprised about (no Catherine Breillat, Deepa Mehta, Sally Potter, to name a few) but also still many excellent directors are in there and it must be hard to narrow the list down to 25 (hooray for the plethora of female directors out there!) AND it’s still a list of must see movies so if you’ve got time to spare go seek some of these out at the dvd store or however you access movies nowadays.

 

  • This bloggers statement on video games and equality is excellent, including this quote: “Literally the worst possible thing that can happen here is equality”.
  • This is an interesting excerpt from recent ‘state-of-the-film-industry’ book ‘Hope for Film’. It doesn’t go into too much detail (probably because he wants you to buy the book) but it did get me thinking about how most of the opportunities out there for women in film are in independent cinema since the big studios are too afraid to take ‘risks’. And what does that mean exactly in terms of the compromises you make, and how hard you have to work to get a film made, or even just funded (answer very very hard) and does that actually further disadvantage women film-makers because you have to be producers and financiers and directors as well as mothers and partners and caregivers because that’s what society expects you to be. ALL THE THINGS.

 

  • hoays_uk_pbAnd following on from that, it’s not just movie studios that are afraid to take risks, book publishers are too. On the one hand it’s super exciting that so many African writers are having their talents recognised on a global scale, on the other hand…oh yikes just so many things that are unsettling about western publishing and this habit of using races as literary trends (Indian writers were trendy, then it was Latino writers, now it’s African writers), or having only a set number of slots for writers of colour… how do walk the line between tokenism, fad-ism and actual celebrations of diversity?

 

 

And here’s some Janelle Monae to play you out:

 

 

 

 

 

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Reading List: Some Things That Might Delight and Surprise You

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Just Cheer, Baby Nowhere is the gender pay gap more apparent than in sports where cheerleaders get paid $1250 per season and the football team players get paid millions. Because Cheerleading isn’t a real sport. Obvs. (and yes I know that men cheerlead too but the cheerleading teams themselves are still extremely gendered towards women in general but if you want to be less binary I guess we could say this is perhaps an arts/sports disparity issue too)

Rachel Sklar writes about Jill Abramson and her shock dismissal from the New York Times.

An All Female Horror Anthology and A Call Out for Black Female Horror Directors, a minority within a minority within a sub-genre that’s particularly bad at celebrating diversity.

Makeovers in Movies and the hilarity of anyone trying to make over Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn!

Red Carpet Politics and the delightful Sarah Millican

So far, 9 mainstream films have passed the Bechdel test this year. Have you seen any of them? I plan to see Belle later this week hopefully!

and as a final treat: The inimitable Patti Smith performs Alan Ginsberg with Phillip Glass, what’s not to like about this!

 

 

 

 

 

Reading List: some things that might tickle your fancy

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  • Olivia Wilde talks about role reversal, female-led roles and our responsibility as storytellers. My one query: she says we just need to demand louder and the supply will follow, but.. I’m not sure it’s as simple as that… what do you think?

 

  • Erika Alexander “We’re at a time now where the industry has segregated television…would you have called the Cosby show a ‘black show’ or would you just call it a great show?… I don’t think it empowers anybody to call shows black or white”

 

  • images (8)She-zow! A kids cartoon that caused controversy with some conservative parents because it stars a boy dressed as a girl…yeah okay. Movie Bob has an excellent response to this although personally I think he gives the creators of the show too much credit. I don’t think they were even interested in examining arbitrary gender roles, I think they just think cross-dressing is funny and haven’t even bothered to try and dissect why pink things are only for girls and whether that’s something worth questioning. I mean, throughout the show Guy is constantly embarrassed by his girliness so I wouldn’t exactly call it empowering but it’s definitely opened up an interesting discussion!

 

 

  • And finally to end on a serious note, this [TRIGGER WARNING for rape and war]. Because it broke my heart. And because even though this is mainly a media blog it’s also a blog about gender issues, and gendered narratives, and pretending that men don’t get raped is a classic example of the way we use narrative to reinforce gender stereotypes. A male rape victim doesn’t fit into the ‘story’ that society tells itself about rape, and it certainly doesn’t fit into the stories we tell ourselves about men and women, and who’s weaker and who deserves medical aid (and oh, the UN why are YOU not questioning this?)