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 ...

Big Damn Hero 1

Big Damn Hero
I was up past midnight last night, glued to a livestream. I haven’t done that since we landed on Mars. I wish this one had been such a happy occasion. I was, of course, watching the livestream of Texas state Senator Wendy Davis filibustering the horrifying anti-abortion bill that the legislature was trying to pass ...

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 ...

End of the ban on women in combat

Surprise! Pentagon to end ban on women in front-line combat. I knew about the lawsuit back in November and got the sense that things were kind of moving on this front, but I didn’t expect this one. Happy inauguration present, I guess? Having never served in the military, I can only really speak to how it’s ...

If women aren’t women any more, are we houseplants?

I normally don’t curse my eyes with shit from Fox News, but I couldn’t quite resist this piece about the “war on men” because there is something I find particularly annoying about assholes that think they get to decide if you are a woman or a man. For example: And in doing so, I’ve accidentally ...

[Worldcon] Feminism in Fantasy

Saturday (September 1) at 1800: Feminism in FantasyPanelists listed in program: Sandy Lindow, Joan D. Vinge, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Sarah Hans, Julia Rios [Note: Sandy Lindow did now show.] Disclaimer: These are my notes from the panel and my own, later thoughts. I often was unable to attend the entire panel, and also chronically missed panelist introductions. When ...

Stop calling me a "real woman"

Because you know what that implies? Are there really femmebots out there, complete with boob guns that make up the category of “not real” women? Are there girls made out of plastic? Is there a test you have to take, or are there government regulations sort of like they have for beef that mean we ...

Princess? Sigh.

ETA: I have since confirmed that this gifset is totally fake and I should feel ashamed of myself. I’m going to go sit in the corner. I have preserved the text of this post in all its unedited glory so (a) you can see the dumb thing I said by grace of not confirming sources ...

LOL your personhood amendment

I’d heard that we were going to get the Son of the Revenge of the Personhood Amendment from the Black Lagoon in Colorado this year. I rolled my eyes so damn hard that I think I might have pulled a muscle. Oh, guess not.  The attempt to get the Personhood Amendment (tl;dr version: fetuses have rights, ...