Podcast #2 Notes: Anya and Ancillary Justice

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the original cover art for the three books

My guest this week was Anya! We talked about Space, Race and …something that rhymes with those two.

Good reviews of Ancilliary Justice!

Elisabeth’s recs: Red Cliff and Carol Soundtrack

Anya’s rec: Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

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IMG_20160124_123244Honestly, the whole #oscarssowhite thing has just been EMBARRASSING and I really wish, as a white person, that all white people would stop talking (especially these two). At least the Academy is trying, though honestly I am so embarrassed.

ONTO BRIGHTER THINGS!! This week was the week that DC really cranked up its game. Not only is Supergirl continuing to brighten our lives, but THE WONDER WOMAN SPECIAL AIRED. Do you want a scene by scene analysis for a Wonder Woman nerd? I do.

We got some insight into how they’re approaching the character as well. Her film is going to be an origin story, though we didn’t get information about which one; rumours are it will be her New 52 origin, but everyone was vague. Gal Gadot said of the film, “We’re gonna see her coming of age, the entire history, what’s her mission,” so it should establish her roots pretty solidly, whatever they may be in this incarnation.

Lightspeed Magazine is a Hugo Winning science fiction magazine that has been working on pushing marginalized voices into mainstream science fiction! Their newest project is PCS Destroy Science Fiction. They have only PoC writers and editors to do this, and it’s actually really awesome! People of Colour! Good Founding! I love it.

Now that we have a confirmed S2 for Jessica Jones, a lot of people are speculating excitedly where the show could go. Obviously, I want the next season to have a Hellcat origin story, and ComicsAlliance seems to indicated that that might happen. Honestly, I am less interested in Jessica’s childhood and her Stark connection, and more interested in the potentially connection with Marvel’s Agents of Shield (yes, i still love this goofy MARVEL show, no I am not ashamed of it).

While Jean Grey is never going to show up, an Avengers cameo is not entirely off the table — but Jessica Jones would probably have an easier time connecting to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She briefly had a relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clay Quartermain, who conveniently does not appear on the ABC series. The Netflix series could either introduce Clay or a similar character, which would establish a connection to the MCU and Agents, or they could have a more direct crossover with Agents via an established character from the ABC series — the former seems more likely.

Read More: Where ‘Jessica Jones’ Could Go in Season 2

Sometimes when I feel like a bad writer, I read a short story, because the short and quick writing lets me be immersed in a world quickly and comfortably. As a result, this weeks link-round up is repping some free short stories. One is from Lightspeed magazine, and the other two are from the small publishers BookSmugglers. I really loved the two short stories, one of which weaves in a lot of Indian mythology and cultural references, and the other which has middle-aged wlw as well as a wonderfully complex examination of fairytale tropes, so I was very pleased. Those are the only ones that I have read this week, but you can read a ton of awesome diverse fantasy short stories on the booksmugglers website! It’s actually a great resource if you are looking for short stories!

There was a really awesome interview with the Carol screenwriter on Fresh Air!

On the elements of Highsmith’s novel that Nagy most wanted to keep in the screen adaptation

Nagy: Two things. One was the radical way in which Patricia Highsmith addressed the sexuality of the protagonists in the novel as natural, as breathing — no particular thought given to what sexuality means to these women — but also an insistence on ignoring, more or less, the naysayers, which was another aspect of the novel that was profoundly radical. The second part of the things that I think makes the novel really resonate even today is Highsmith’s particular view of motherhood and what makes a good mother.

Oh you’re over Carol?? SOME OF US ARE NOT. (Read the article, if only for the ADORABLE PICTURES OF THE ACTRESSES ON SET)

The film includes a three-minute love scene between two A-list female stars, and yet what industry insiders (and audiences who made Carol the third-biggest opening of 2015 in terms of theater averages; it has grossed $8 million in limited run) have been buzzing about are the cinematography (Ed Lachman shot it on grainy 16mm) and striking sets (production designer Judy Becker worked with a limited palette of dusty pinks and acid greens). The characters in Carol exist in a time of deep sexual repression, but the climate today, in 2015, is so gay friendly (at least in Hollywood) that what was once taboo is now ordinary. “Those things are always awkward,” a blase-sounding Mara, 30, says of the on-camera tryst. “But it wasn’t any more challenging than any other love scene I’ve done, I’ll tell you that.”

This week showed a lot of discussion around the idea of people’s own stories (this week it was hashtagged as #ownstories) which reminded me of a super interesting conversation about the popularity of m/m, the fetishization of it, and the rejection of f/f as a result in YA fiction:

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this links neatly to author Rose Lemberg’s tweets from this weekend (read the whole feed, since she makes some really awesome points):

 

I know Maddie and I are PSYCHED about the return of The X-Files, and so should you, and not just because there are eight tropes on tvtropes named after things in the X-Files:

“The X-Files” was a show about a certain mode of fear and style of conspiracy, and in the 14 years since it ended our culture has been overtaken by a new, more grim, more literal sense of fear. (The last season started on Nov. 11, 2001.) In the opening episode, the extended U.F.O. history lesson feels like a wrongheaded attempt to explain what all the excitement used to be about. In the exponentially better second and third episodes, the writers mostly ignore the time lapse, except to poke fun at Mulder’s incompetence with personal electronics. They’re confident that the show’s structure still stands up.

Hollywood is sexist? That sexism is damaging, and spawns more sexism? Weird. Didn’t know. I’m so happy graphs were created to prove it to me.

Adding further fuel to hopefully inspire serious change are new interactive graphs and charts that shine a damaging spotlight on Hollywood’s gender divide and its effects on films. Created by Lyle Friedman, Matt Daniels and Ilia Blinderman of Polygraph, an online publication that explores popular culture with data and visual storytelling, these impressive charts use data consolidated by the Bechdel Test website to visually show how the gender discrepancy in writers, directors and creators lead Hollywood films to fail the Bechdel test time and time again.

honestly, my only problem with people saying The Flash is Very Different and Much Better than Supergirl is that it smells like misogyny 2 me, especially when they do sketchy things like refer to Supergirl as “a romantic dramadey” and The Flash as “fun”…… (i’m linking this for you to share my embarrassment with me)

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, Ann Leckie, the woman who wrote our book of the month, made a wonderful post about the poetics of sf, which reminded me of my wonderful producer, who is also a linguistics student. I actually love close reading of “pulp” and I think that her conclusion that the dismissal of the word choices can be very damaging to be amazing.

book babble: femslash fantasy

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I also spent the weekend in London, crying @ the nerd shop Forbidden Planet bc I couldn’t buy everything

This has been a fortnight of femslash fantasy for me (look at all that alliteration!). I read Malinda Lo’s Ash, and was so enchanted by it that I moved on to Huntress. Although I also bought Malinda Lo’s other two books which are a lot more scifi-y, I decided to stick to fantasy, and as a result I read the first book of the When Women Were Warriors series. Honestly, all three of these books were wonderful. I’m going to review them in dialog with each other, but I quickly want to clarify that after I finished reading each of these books I recommended them to at least one friend and gave them a 5 star review on Amazon. So, you should buy them. I’m just interested in entering a critical dialog with these books, which sometimes means I focus on some of the more negative aspects. I repeat though: buy these books. They are gay, they are cute, and they are exactly what I needed. I rated them all above 3 stars.

When I was young, I read a lot of fantasy. As a child I disliked space and alien heavy science fiction and instead gobbled up all the fantasy as I could get my tiny hands on. The more obscure the world-building, the more complicated the concepts, the more I was there for it. I look at my shelves of books from Middle and High school, and they are full of familiar names like Anne Bishop, Robin Hobb, Garth Nix, William Nicholson and Ursula Le Guin. But then I grew up. Most of the adult fantasy I was given was very different from the YA fantasy and more female orientated fantasy I was given. Graduating to adult fantasy, and trying to join adult fantasy book clubs means I was suddenly burdened with 15,000 books about men discovering a male-dominated landscape. The stories became less interested in the mystical and the magical, and more interested in the protagonist. The authorial voices became more cloying, and I gave up on fantasy. I wanted to read stories about women dominating or exploring a landscape named explicitly after them, but I couldn’t find it in this genre, so I left. I left fantasy for science fiction, copying Ursala Le Guin’s movement from the Wizard of Earthsea Quartet to The Left Hand of Darkness. I started reading science fiction because I realized that even in male dominated space stories like Star Trek, a woman is allowed to exist.

In the end, I think this is why I loved this month’s reading so much. All three of those books were books that the young Elisabeth yearned for. They were magical, whimsical, and serious fantasy all together, and, most of all, they represented me within their pages.

I started off with reading Ash. I bought it because I felt lonely and frustrated in Germany, and living at home can be alienating, and this book made me feel better. Moreover, it allowed me to connect with people; my excitement at Ash was responded to with their excitement. It seems many queer ladies, like me, fell in love with this book through complicated paths. The book was by no means perfect, and it was very clearly limited by its genre (YA) and the nature of it (it was Malinda Lo’s debut novel). The book is a retelling of the fairy tale of Cinderella, but it complicates and nuances the story in interesting and unpredictable ways. The book is clearly interested in stories, however; who told them, who read them, and who understood them. This theme in particularly struck a chord with me, and I was interested to see that it was repeated in interesting variations in both Huntress and When Women Were Warriors.

In Ash, the love interest and Ash have several conversations about her favorite stories. The reoccurring question is “what’s your favorite fairy tale,” and Ash’s answer is a disturbing story about a girl who was so seduced with magic she died. At the end of the novel, Ash pushes against this narrative, and chooses to stay in reality with her girlfriend, despite her understanding of the attraction of disappearance and death. I read the novel as arguing that stories are tools: thanks to her understanding of the fairy tale, Ash was able to circumvent the story, and become something bigger.

But are stories only learning tools for us? The novel “Warriors Path”, the first book out of the When Women Were Warriors series offers us the juxtaposition between stories as learning tools, and simple learning tools. The book is interested in aphorisms and wisdom. It is a bildungsroman, after all. It is a victim of its genre, and yet, it still manages to reinvent its genre with every new lesson we as the reader are taught. The aphorisms and warrior lessons that Maara teaches Tamras each made me reflect on myself. Her lecture that allowing another person to illicit an emotion in you is a form of weakness really stuck with me. I loved that. These aphorism actually apply to real life! So many books that I have read that have aphorisms, especially in the intersecting genres of bildungsroman and fantasy, present you with generic life advice and dress it up as exotic. Phrases like ‘don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched’ are typically transformed into ‘don’t count your DRAGONS before the eggs have hatched’ and then marketed as new. No one is fooled. This book gives you interesting life advice and makes you think a lot about the nature of silence, the nature of understanding what times means.

I really liked that it taps into what Malinda Lo was recently talking about in reference to decolonizing your imagination, though in this case I am not referencing race, but rather books about lgbtq characters. A good lgbt book doesn’t need to draw attention to its character’s sexuality, but that’s difficult for the writer. Society has made us as queer women feel the need to explain and justify our emotions, but in this book Catherine M. Wilson seems to skip all that, whereas in Huntress I felt like Malinda Lo felt she needed to justify her worldbuilding. Wilson allows her characters to live and feel free in a matriarchal society without including flashing neon signs that say “THIS IS THE REVERSE IN THE REAL WORLD” or “WOMEN IN POWER ARE JUST AS BAD AS MEN”, which can sometimes happen in books that try and totally deconstruct our understandings of Matriarchal societies. Although I have never read classics such as Herland and Mist of Avalon, all of which deal with Matriarchal societies, I have read this awesome article by Sady Doyle that discusses in-depth why feminist matriarchal narratives are often considered a disappointment. Sady Doyle explains in most instance of societies dominated by women in pop culture that “these stories have usually ended with the women either voluntarily dismantling their society for boyfriends or being killed.” When that’s the legacy we are expecting, it’s no wonder that its so hard to break.

 

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the ‘net is a Scary Place, Mulder. People write fanfiction about us.

HEY FRIENDS, I spent this weekend in London with my parents which meant I spent a lot of time defending the Internet and also pop culture, and a lot of the things they said reminded me of S1 Scully. Also, there was an X Files interview that makes me cry even thought I haven’t seen it yet. But basically I’m very happy also because I went to Forbidden Planet. Anyway I have lots of books now, so let’s get on with the show?

#OscarsSoWhite is embarrassing and shitty and honestly? was a very predictable outcome

Before I get into our regularly scheduled links, let’s talk about dating. It’s hard, right? Don’t worry, Mallory Ortberg made a perfect guide for us: “A Guide To Flirting With Plausible Deniability

Tease her a little bit about the fact that she is mortal and will someday die.

Let your hand brush against theirs, then visibly wipe it off on your jeans. Then anonymously pay off their student loans.

Hide yourself in an uncharted cave until someone comes looking for you. This way they’ll know that you’re independent, but also not seeing anybody else.

Now that we’ve sorted out our romantic plans, there’s another thing! Today’s link-round is queer heavy. Am I sorry? No. The Toast, my go-to website for everything ever in the world, also hosted a round-table on trans women’s discussions on lesbian and queer spaces that I thought was super important. More than anything, though, the chat is adorable and light-hearted and everyone should go and read it:

MALLORY: guys we seriously need to start a church
it will mostly be about candles
and cats

MEY: I honestly have at least a dozen la virgen candles in my house right now, plus another dozen other saint candles

GABBY: And comics

MALLORY: THE THREE C’S

BROOK: I was going to say a different C-word, but it’d have to be censored

MALLORY: Brook was the word ‘coping mechanisms’

AND now let’s get on with the regular show! Marvel has confirmed that they definitely want a show about MOCKINGBIRD, my one true love, and then some other character called (fart noise) that no one cares about. Obviously though, its all done by men and so I have low expectations. But look – Adrianne Palicki beating people up? I’m Here.

Jeff VanderMeer’s novel Annihilation is on its way to becoming a movie! I honestly loved this novel by Jeff VanderMeer and although I have no idea how they are going to adapt, I think it’s going to be interesting to watch. Moreover, these casting thoughts make me Very Happy.

TGI Femslash, a convention in California in February, is offering scholarships for interested people who are as bad as saving money as I am. In all honesty, if I wasn’t in Europe until June I would 100% go: it sounds so cool and fun that I’m mad that I’m not there. If you’re interested in femslash, you should totally apply!

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NK Jemisin has a very interesting post about the classic white washing of the Shannara TV series and what that implies:

And that is precisely what we end up with, when this kind of fantastical exclusion gets layered onto the site of real historical exclusion: racist wish fulfillment fantasy. (Way to go, MTV.) Narratively, the exclusion suggests some Shit Went Down after the collapse or the plague or whatever it was that created this future world. What kind of shit? Genocide, apparently, on an epic scale. Eugenics, maybe, since apparently the orcish folks are some sort of mutant; that touches on the long, ugly history of medical experimentation in this country. So now I wonder why I should be particularly entranced by the stirring saga of a magical white supremacist utopia, or near enough to qualify. Don’t I have to deal with enough racist fantasy in real life?

Although I think sometimes the Jennifer Lawrence bashing can go too far, I also believe that she has been nominated as the media’s Darling, and this is very much at the cost of other women. Ms. Marya E. Gates, a wonderful film blogger and podcaster, recently pointed out that the celebration of Jennifer Lawrence as “younger person to ever land 4 acting noms” shifts the focus from Kate Winslet who is the youngest woman ever to have seven acting noms. We should still talk about Jennifer Lawrence, but the obsession with her has lead to the erasure of older women, which can get a little frustrating…

Honestly, friends, I can’t deal with shit like this. I am TOO WEAK for women + puppies

At the end of this week’s link-round up I quickly wanted to do a shout out to the three link round-ups that help create an influence my link round-up, and they are: the Toast, Sidetracked by LadyBusiness and the Rec Center, an email newsletter by Elizabeth Mitchell and Gav.

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WHAT A WEEK!!!!! Our podcast officially launched, we had a launch party (with cake), all the while Elisabeth started working and Maddie got her work permit! We’re excited for a less stressful week on Monday….CYOgjnOWAAEtMQ1.jpg large

BEFORE WE BEGIN OUR NORMALLY SCHEDULED LINKS: I thought I caught all the Best Of Roundups of 2015 in the last link round up, but I came across this NPR 50 Best Things From 2015 and I thought it was quite touching and sweet. Kind of made me want to do one? Though let’s be honest, if I did, all 50 of my reasons would be women and TV shows….

TV Things

The biggest disappointment of this week has most definitively been the announcement of the cancellation of FX’s Cassius and Clay before it EVEN STARTED… like I know it was too good to be true but I’m STILL disappointed…

JJ Abrams confirmed that this will probably be the last season of Person of Interest. Person of Interest fans continue to ignore him.

Movie Things

Did you know that there is an epic 24 minute video entitled Star Wars : Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel on youtube??? It’s super cool ngl

While we’re talking about Star Wars, here is my fave drama of the week:

First came the outpouring of outraged backlash to the idea of lesbian Boba Fett, which prompted more piqued responses, analysis of the new fan theory, wiki defacing, the lesbian Boba Fett playlist, and general hilarity. Eventually, tumblr user sashayed broke down the phenomenon in a hilarious “get off my lawn” response to the outrage.

Book Things

HOPE LARSON AND BRITTNEY WILLIAMS ARE WORKING ON A NANCY DREW-ESQUE COMIC BOOK I’m so excited since it’s:

a new comic book series about 16-year-old detective-in-training Marigold “Goldie” Vance, who dreams of one day becoming the full-time in-house detective at her father’s Florida resort.

A super interesting article about what we use reviews and criticism for by Leila Roy! I think she draws a lot of different reasons (trigger-y subjects, searching for diversity, looking for specific comparison), and I honestly totally agree with her: it’s why I have vowed to review more books on goodreads! I love books, and as someone who wants to pay tribute to the hard work of the authors, I feel like reviewing them is the best that I can do for them.

I see criticism as a way of treating stories, regardless of format, regardless of genre, regardless of intended audience, with respect. In looking closely at them, we are saying that they DESERVE to be looked at closely—how can we expect the larger reading community to take YA, middle grade, comic books, romance, or any other marginalized category seriously if we don’t do that ourselves?

Olivia Cole wrote a really cool article for Huffington Post drawing attention to post-apocalyptic books by and about people of colour; I’m embarrassed to admit that I have not read any, though the Octavia Butler book is on my list…

It’s been written about before: the problem with mainstream post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction and its absence of people of color. In the imaginations of so many writers of these genres, people of color don’t ever seem to survive the apocalypse, or somehow the series of events that led to the dystopian society that has banned smiling (or dreaming, or whatever the big “gasp” factor is) wiped out people of color along the way.

I am actually in love with Jia Tolentino, not only because her perfect dog is perfect, but also because she writers amazing things like this:

In other words, I get why you’d avoid reading 10:04 or what have you; I don’t understand why it’s ever more productive to say so than just to read something else and (omitting the part about your commitment to social justice) talk about that. Justification for obviously rewarding acts is always unnecessary, and in the case of reading “diverse” writers, the reward can be meaningfully deflated by the announcement of the act itself. The people most excited to say, “Uh, I’ve actually been reading a lot of Nigerian writers lately?” tend to be white people; the space taken up by being interested in one’s own Here’s Why I’m Only Reading X Minority Group project is often counterproductive to the point.

Anyway, right after I say that, I include this challange (thought to be honest, I think this challenge is the type of thing that Jia was talking about predominantly). Renay, over at LadyBusiness, has decided: “one of my resolutions this year is to read 100 new-to-me women writers. However, it’s not an exclusive challenge, so I can still read white men, but also non-binary authors, too.” I honestly love this challange! It’s not only going to help keep my reading diverse, but it will also allow me to discover new voices! My favorite element of this challenge is that “Once an author has been read, no further work will count for the challenge although if I like them feel free to consume their back list.” I feel like this is so awesome? So anyway, I think I’m going to participate in this with Renay!

Tumblr user evelynatthecircus wrote an excellent meta about Ancillary Justice and naming, but beware of spoilers if you’re still reading the book!

I read Ash by Malinda Lo yesterday and I loved it. Honestly, it was amazing.

Fandom Things

Femsplaining podcasters are launching a tinyletter in which they promote fic! I’m tentatively excited! I love Elizabeth Minkle, so let’s see what happens!

Don’t you love it when celebrities add to their own fandoms?

A super interesting article about “how the internet picks its boyfriends,” specifically about Oscar Isaac:

Usually it’s a man with enough mystery to keep these projections of desire from puncturing, but enough charm that his popularity was merely a matter of timing. Usually it’s a man in his early or mid-30s, old enough that a teenager will find him refreshingly mature and a grown-up can lust after him with impunity. And usually it’s someone surrounded by an aura of authenticity. There must be a conception (whether it’s true is moot) that he earned his current position through hard work rather than dumb luck. There’s often some flaw or idealized vulnerability attached to him or his character — Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t think he was handsome, and plays a character with the emotional intelligence of “a high-functioning sociopath.” Sebastian Stan was an immigrant from a communist nation and plays a character used by the government. Oscar Isaac, Rami Malek, and Idris Elba have all spoken about their worries about being typecast because of their race. Tom Hardy plays a man broken by a dystopian hellscape.

The most interesting thing about this article, and about the analysis, is that it’s not at all applicable as to how the internet (femslash fandom, that is) picks its girlfriends. What makes us so different? What do we look for that these fangirls don’t? I think it’s an interesting comparison tbqh.

tweet of the week:

Podcasting: Episode 1: Person of Interest

AND HERE IT IS; THE FIRST EPISODE OF GALHALLA PODCAST

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host Elisabeth and special guest Max after the premier of Star Wars

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Link round ups are probably one of my favorite things about the internet. They help me broaden my reading on the Interwebs, and they let me have some insight into what the people I admire are thinking/writing about! The Galhalla Link Round Up will be a weekly affair, posted every Sunday, and honestly, I am very excited about it. (image via tumblr)

Book Things

Kate Eliot’s newest epic fantasy has been getting a ton of really positive reviews, and im really excited to read it ! This paragraph especially sold me on the book as a whole, because i really love me some really thoughtful fantasy:

this is a deconstruction of epic fantasy. An interrogation of epic fantasy: it turns the staple tropes of the genre upside down and shakes them to see what falls out. It reconfigures the landscape of epic fantasy, because its emotional focus is not—despite initial impressions—on kingship and legitimacy, inheritance and royal restoration. So much of the epic fantasy field accepts the a priori legitimacy of monarchy—or the a priori legitimacy of power maintained through force—invests it with a kind of superstitious awe, that to find an epic fantasy novel willing to intelligently interrogate categories of power is a thing of joy.

Barnes and Nobel’s and Autostraddle both released their end of year lists! The Autostraddle one did not interest me as much, but I find end of year lists to be a very good resource for LATE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!

Look, I love Top 10 lists as much as the next fool, so here is a list of the Top 10 Book Lists. Yeah, we’re meta like that.

In other Top Ten Book list news, I collected all the books that I liked in Top 10 Book Lists in the goodreads tag, if you are interested in what I will be reading for the next 3 months.

Wanna try reading more diverse books in 2016? Or perhaps you’re just a competitive person like me, so let’s do this thing. (Please use the comments section to tell me what a food memoir is, because I have no idea).

TV Things

I know this dropped like… a month and a half ago, so its Old News according to the internet, but Jessica Jones has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For those of you who have not watched it yet, Emily Nussbaum explains why a TV Show that was not her cup of tea still attracted her attention:

Still, right away I could tell what was firing up so many viewers, particularly online: in the world of Marvel Comics, a female antihero—a female anything—is a step forward. But a rape survivor, struggling with P.T.S.D., is a genuine leap. While the fact that “Jessica Jones” is Marvel’s first TV franchise starring a superpowered woman—and that it was created by a female showrunner, Melissa Rosenberg—amounts to a pretty limited sort of artistic progress, the show doesn’t need to be perfect in order to deepen the debate. In a genre format that is often reflexively juvenile about sexuality, “Jessica Jones” is distinctly adult, an allegory that is unafraid of ugliness.

Which means, basically. that there are too many good reviews of Jessica Jones! Everywhere! I’m overwhelmed! What am I going to do! (Link you my top 3, obvs).

  1. Jessica Jones and Rape Culture
  2. Jessica Jones and Gaslighting
  3. An Important, Slightly Gay Interview w Rachael Taylor

The 100 trailer. Who’s Excite (It Me). One of my sister’s Christmas presents was to give me a coupon to watch the show premier with her. I am #blessed.

I have been shamefully behind on television this last fall thanks to finishing university (ew, I know), and as a result the only things I know are that Supergirl got Gay and Jane the Virgin got Gayer.

Movie Things

I know not all of you have Carol Privilege, so here are two reviews to make you feel better?

Here’s the thing: not only do I have Carol Privilege in the literal sense (I’ve seen it three times already); I also have it metaphorically, since I came to the book at the exact right moment in my life, and as a result the book, and the movie, both mean a lot to me. Not EVERY queer person adores this book, and that’s cool, but I really do. Anyway, this review on Flavorwire really spoke to why I loved this adaption, and why I think the movie has a happy ending:

[The ending] does not seem like Hollywood-style pandering. (The film and the nature of its leads’ somewhat clandestine love are, in this case thankfully, far too reserved for a furiously lip-locked ending.) Carol‘s unequivocally lucid — but also unequivocally restrained — reunion is somehow defiant, both of the ejaculatory triumph of sappy romance endings and, more surprisingly, of the typical ambiguity and/or tragedy of Good Dramas.

Fandom Things

As per usual, I missed the prompting for the Femslash kinkmeme, which opened and closed within a week, but there are nearly 2000 prompts for like…a million fandoms available now, so that’s a total plus? Also, don’t you love being part of a community where people consider “flirting,” “kissing” and “cuddling” to be kinks?

The Jessica Jones kinkmeme, on the other hand, is an on going thing! Watch out though; there is a lot of m/m and Jess/Kilgrave stuff happening over there, so if you are Delicate, don’t touch it.

Also, there was a 100 Femslash Challenge! Cool stuff was written!