I’m absolutely down for defending the first-class status of genre fiction that boldly goes where no or few stories have gone before. But if you think that working science fiction and fantasy relieves you of your obligations to coherent plotting and character behavior, or if it’s an engine to deliver free naked ladies, then you can stay in your mom’s basement, and off my bandwagon. — Alyssa Rosenberg, in Damon Lindelof’s Blithe Treatment Of ‘Star Trek’ Sexism And Why Genre Fiction Gets No Respect (via themarysue)
The Place Inside The Blizzard: Going to be having talks with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Society... -
Going to be having talks with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Society here at the University of York.
They run mini-conventions every term running over several days and York Feminists might run an evening event looking and Women and Feminism in Science Fiction.
My thoughts would be a talk and…
Weirded out by Tumblr bringing around conversations about a society I used to run (it’s changed a lot since then - I don’t go anymore).
There are loads of really good sci-fi/fantasy films to talk about from a feminist perspective.
Aliens would be an excellent choice, paired with a discussion of ‘Ellen Ripley Saved my Life’, by Sady Doyle. Ever After isn’t *strictly* fantasy, but trust me, they’ll count it. The Glass Slipper is also an interesting, feminist take on the Cinderella story, although very difficult to get hold of these days. Enchanted, again, is excellent. Terminator 2, obviously, for Sarah Connor. It’s not an unproblematic presentation, but it’s an interesting and powerful one.
But to bring it bang up to date I really can’t recommend Dredd highly enough. My review gives all the reasons I think it’s probably the most important film for feminism in a long time. In fact, I basically write a feminist SF&F review blog, so if you wanted to just look back through my film reviews you’d find some interesting stuff to work with.
You might also consider The Guild, by Felicia Day, as basically the show that launched short-format webseries. Her success as a female geek is a really interesting case study in itself, as is a show about geeks with a female protagonist and equally represented cast, genderwise, as well as good representation of people of colour, and disabled people.
(Source: leamaj, via hawthornetaylor)
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