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ONE I don’t want to spend a lot of this round up talking about the 100; i feel like last week I posted the most important links, but here are some extras anyway. Firstly, even major media outlets like the BBC noticed the outrage from the fans. In other news, at least one of the writers of the 100 openly admitted their mistake. Also, the fans of Lexa have raised nearly $40k for the trevor project, which is honestly so cool and I’m so impressed with these young wlw and their dedication.
TWO More on kill your lesbians – this post notices how historically entrenched the Kill Your Lesbians trope is, this other post (by autostraddle) counts all 90 wlw ever killed on television (plus some graphs showing we die only violent deaths #nice).
THREE anyway. palate cleanser. The actresses of Hamilton perform some feminist quotes. Watching this made me a better gay. (also, I don’t usually link fic much on here, but this is a Hamilton fanfic about the actual historic figure performing the musical in purgatory and it’s as weird and wonderful as it sounds)
FOUR My friend Riley is starting a new zine! I’m still not 100% sure what a zine is, but I recommend it anyway!
FIVE Diversity in literature is always a talking point, but I read some really interesting articles about it recently. BK Mag even suggests 23 steps towards it, which I found very interesting:
Trying is not doing. Doing is doing.
If your company values diversity, make it a priority. In writing. Commit to hiring and acquiring a certain number of underrepresented candidates and writers. Establish and enforce real consequences when those standards are not met.
SIX Here’s an older article by NPR’s Code Switch about the divinity associated with white&male heroes and how honestly, its embarrassing and dumb:
Among those who see the whiteness and maleness of heroes as a divine right, these casting choices triggered some of the more virulent social media reactions of recent memory, a great disturbance rippling out to the farthest reaches of pop culture.
This battle between factions — those accepting “darkness” in their onscreen heroes (and, with it, openness, change and progress), and those stubbornly clinging to “lightness” (and thus psychic closure, defiant self-delusion and often plain-and-simple racism) — played out multiple times throughout 2015, as other “nontraditional” casting choices sparked similar backlash from the uglier crevices of the Internet.
SEVEN This article on how silencing a certain culture actually acutely and painfully contributes to cultural genocide was very gut wrenching but incredibly well written:
That said, the indigenous people of North America are relentlessly silenced and erased in every form of popular media. The most recent call for submissions forSteampunk Universe – and the editor’s subsequent responses to reader questions – illustrates how even the most well-meaning projects can contribute to silent cultural genocide.
EIGHT This article by Vajra Chandrasekeradiscussing the idea of a central sf “community” really resonated with me:
[I] thought about the idea of membership in the “community” and so forth, and it seems to me that this feeling, this idea—first that there exists such a community, singular, based around SF publishing in English and that it’s centred in the US and UK; and second, that those of us from elsewheres more else than Canada or Australia are outsiders to it—is what I’ve been calling postcolonial outsider syndrome (by way of analogy with the more familiar imposter syndrome). Imagine all of English-language fiction as a Dyson sphere. On its inside surface we find all the white-majority, mostly-English-speaking countries with their largely contiguous literary establishment based on pre-existing imperial relations, all warmed by that old, unruly, never-setting sun. And that’s where science fiction lives too, if some distance widdershins of the Man Booker.
NINE In entertainment news, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend were all renewed, which is excellent news and I’m very happy about it.
TEN On a related note, ABC has a new entertainment president and I’m So Excited.
Caro sent me this link, and honestly, I love this idea so much
The best use of the Bechdel test, explains Ellen Tejle, the movie theater director and programmer who created the A rating system, is not to apply a litmus test on each individual film, but to encourage audiences to think critically about the media that they’re watching. And on that basis, her A rating system has been more than successful.
Anne Helen Peterson throws some serious shade at Tina Fey’s white feminism in an amazingly intellectual, cruel and witty way, and I love her for it (not going to lie, I love Anne Helen Peterson anyway she’s my writer’s crush)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a Tina Fey movie, which is a way of saying that it’s witty, self-effacing, and blind to its own faults. It suffers from the same problems that afflict most films with female protagonists and/or “foil” characters of different ethnicities: It barely passes the Bechdel test and turns a story about a woman struggling to make sense of an alienating job and country into a romantic comedy, suggesting, in a not-so-vaguely insulting way, that the only way to make people interested in a serious subject is if there’s a love story mapped on top of it. The film also casts white actors in the two major Afghan roles, turning one into an exoticized sage and the other into a blundering buffoon.
anyway let’s finish this weeks round up with a classic Kate Beaton comic about the first openly gay activist