She’s not like other girls. 4

I’m not that tuned in to YA because I live under a rock, so this was the first I heard about Bergstrom poking YA authors as a whole in the eye. Went and read the interview linked in that post. Have some serious fucking problems beyond the general feeling of dude have you just managed ...

10 Reasons You Should Go See Mad Max: Fury Road Right Now 1

10 Reasons You Should Go See Mad Max: Fury Road Right Now
Potentially some mild spoilers.

[Conventions] A Modest Proposal for Feminism Panels

[Conventions] A Modest Proposal for Feminism Panels
Proposal: From now on, there will be one token male panelist on all feminist panels. At the beginning, as every panelist is introducing themselves, he says: “Hello, my name is _____ and I do ______. I’m a feminist. And in the interest of presenting an example as a good ally, I will now do what ...

I only cut my hair because I hate you

I only cut my hair because I hate you
So there was another one of those articles going around. I’m not going to link to it. It’s bullshit clickbait misogynistic trolling and you can find it via my tumblr if you desperately want to. But come on, you know how those articles go: Women do a thing I personally do not find attractive! I am ...

“Strong Female Character” – I do not think it means what you think it means. 6

With apologies to Elise, Kathy, and Mike, all of whom told me to not write this, but you know how crap I am at letting things go and NOW I CAN MOVE ON WITH MY LIFE OKAY I’M GOING TO EAT SOME CAKE NOW. My friend Andrew linked me to this, because, I don’t know. ...

The paralyzing guilt of being good at math 2

I’m okay at math. Or at least I was. I haven’t done anything more difficult than long division and some statistics in years, and the thing about math is that it’s a language. If you don’t use it, you tend to forget how to do it. (Though conversely it’s easier to pick back up on ...

Looking for female and male gamers of all kinds! (Research Project) 8

A friend of mine is doing a research project and is looking for female gamers and male gamers who have played in mixed gender groups that she can survey. We’re talking gamers of all kinds – tabletop, board games, CCGs, MMOs, all manner of RP. If you are interested in helping out, please answer the ...

Disney, why are you now trying to pretend women don’t exist in your movies? 9

So before Monsters University yesterday, one of the previews they played was this one for Frozen. Now, this is still the description of the movie from the Disney site for Frozen. Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off ...

In which I am interviewed 1

I was kind of surprised when I got a request for an interview for Laurel Zuckerman’s Paris Weblog. Turns out I caught her attention with my strongly-worded ire about the SFWA Bulletin issue #202 mess. This is actually the first interview I’ve ever had (even if it was by e-mail) and I was very nervous about ...

Lady [Insert Job Title Here] 12

This may come as a shock, but I am not a “Lady Geologist.” I do not examine women visually and use lab tests in order to understand their physical properties, provenance, and environment of deposition. I have never gone up to a female stranger, hammered a chunk off of her, and sent it to the ...