Monthly Archives: July 2011

Crossplay and the Male Gaze: Gender-flipped Justice League

 Here’s a neat article from the pen of LA Weekly’s Liz Ohanesian: a group of cosplayers who went to Comic-Con as the Justice League of America… gender-flipped. Batma’am and Superma’am (who’s got a beautifully realized ’40s look) are joined by Aqualass, Power Guy, and Wonder Man.  The interesting thing, to me, is that gender-flipping the JLA exposes the male gaze like a flashbulb.  Power Guy is wearing next to nothing. (Good thing he’s built.)  Hunter’s costume exposes his belly. “We try to keep it pretty scantily clad for [the men] because that’s how women are portrayed,” says [the cosplayer playing Superma’am]. “We weren’t scantily clad for ourselves because that’s not the point. We’re showing that girls can be clothed and be superheroes because, most of the time, they aren’t.”  YES. YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.   (And, because I can’t resist, check behind the cut for a picture of me as a female Fifth Doctor.) […]

By |July 29th, 2011|MyBlog|2 Comments|

Women and Electronica

 The field of electronic music expands daily with technological advancements. Women are entering this formerly male-dominated field in greater numbers. A convergence of social media and social empowerment may be the reason, but for whatever reason, they are proving to be a potent addition to it.  All one has […]

Short Attention Span: Do Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Markets Have Gender Bias?

 I recently read a blog entry about gender distribution in submissions and publications that Edmund Schubert, the editor of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show (IGMS), posted on Magical Words. He quoted three emails from two assistant editors relating submission rates and then provided publication rates. He then made the claim that they publish women at the same proportion that women submit, calling the ratio “close enough.” I hear not everyone was impressed by this rigorous approach and the subsequent detailed analysis and conclusion. Rather than pick a side, I decided to look at his submission and publication numbers and see if there was a statistically significant conclusion to draw. After all, the data provided is exactly the kind of data I need for a Chi-Squared test. Isn’t it exciting!  […]

By |July 22nd, 2011|MyBlog|2 Comments|

Richard Armitage: I Saw Him First!

 It was a good weekend. I have officially seen Harry Potter 7.2 twice, and am doubly depressed now. (In all seriousness, I don’t know what they expect us to do with ourselves now that it’s over.) I also had the opportunity to watch more Star Trek: The Next Generation via Netflix streaming. Oh, yes, […]

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer

 WB has release the official The Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer, let’s check it out together!! 😀    What can we take from this teaser? Easy, this is going to be a darker movie, with Bruce Wayne having a damaged psyche after the death of Rachel and Harvey. In a way, you can actually look […]

By |July 19th, 2011|MyBlog|2 Comments|

Google+ Invites….Are Worth Money?

 Apparently they are to some people. So in my infinite wisdom, I decided to head to eBay myself and see if this was still going on.  After all, the content behind that link was written June 30, which in Internet time means I might as well be looking at it from the other side of a plexiglass museum exhibit. […]

By |July 19th, 2011|MyBlog|1 Comment|

Today’s issue of Sexism in the Media

 Pop quiz!  Suppose that, at Google’s inaugural Science Fair, the winners for each age category were female. Now, imagine that you’re Gregory Ferenstein, writer for Fast Company. Do youDescribe the projects and marvel over the girls’ brains and study ethic? or  Call the winners “adorably cheery” and marvel that they can use technical language and get […]

By |July 18th, 2011|MyBlog|3 Comments|

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

It was probably a terrible idea for me to see the midnight showing this morning. That left me having to deal with the finality of the whole thing on not enough sleep. And let me tell you this in confidence, internet: I’ve cried about the end of Harry Potter on more than one occasion today.  Maybe I’ll be less upset once I’m well-rested, but I doubt it. Hanging up my Gryffindor scarf for the last time was harder than I thought it would be. I’ve been so excited about the film news that I managed to avoid thinking about this part. The sucky part. The ‘it’s all over and there’s nothing left for me at ALL’ part.  I wasn’t prepared for the sad and I’m really surprised by it. *sniffle* Here I am in my car today. Feeling sad.  HOWEVER! The sad will not preclude me from telling you about my final Harry Potter fan experience in all its fabulousness. It really was wonderful! My sister (Darth Sweetums) and I decided like crazy people to not only go to the midnight showing of Deathly Hallows Part 2, but to also get a ticket with the crowd that would watch Deathly Hallows Part 1. DOUBLE FEATURE! And I’m here to say that it was the best idea we’ve ever had for two reasons: Reason 1:  I haven’t been able to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 without desperately wishing that I could immediately follow it up with Part 2. I remember feeling like that last year when we first saw it. So what better way to see Part 2 for the first time than to watch Part 1 with it in the same theater in the same seats accompanied by the same group of crazies for both films? There IS no better way! I was wonderful to see them back to back. They were made to be watched that way. Reason 2: THIS is the best reason. Our particular auditorium probably held 250-300 people. We were the chosen few who saw the fine print and realized that we could see the double feature instead of just waiting for the midnight showings. THANK GOODNESS. There were probably 15 midnight showings at the theater we went to and the lines for those were the most horrendous things I’ve ever seen.   This picture is just to show how WIDE the line was. The length was another story.  These cuties camped out to get prime spots at the front of the line.    There were two of these lines filled with people who camped out. People in costume. People who had been there for more than 30 hours. I am so SO glad that we weren’t in these lines. Our double feature folks got to settle into the theater a good three hours earlier (as our movie was beginning sooner) and there were just not as many of us. Whew!  That being said, the whole experience was one I’ll never forget. The sheer size of the crowd. The costumes. The discounted concessions! Everyone was so excited to be a part of it and even more excited to finally see this movie!  My favorite costumes of the evening.   But after all that waiting, I think that all 5 gazillion of us at that theater will agree that the movie was worth it.  (Read more at your own risk! Spoilers ahead!!)  […]

The GC Guide to Comic-Con: Year 3: Revenge of the Sequel

 After last year’s tremendous success in presenting female geek content, what will 2011 bring? Thursday!Panel: “Oh, you sexy geek!”, 10:45-11:45 AM, Room 6A Panel: “No Damsels in Distress Here”, 4-5 PM, Room 25ABCPanel: “Her Universe: What Women Want in Their Female Sci-Fi Heroes”, 6-7 PM, Room 25ABCMeetup: Second annual Geek Girls Network (GGN) meetup, 7-10:30 PM at the Vin de Syrah Lounge. Friday!Panel: “Girls Gone Genre”, 6-7 PM, Room 25ABC Meetup: The Gamer Girls are hosting a party at the Ruby Room, 8 PM – 1:30 AM. $10 ($8 if in costume); 21+. Saturday!Panel: Gender Poster Group at the Comic Arts Conference Poster Session, 2-3:30PM, Room 26AB  Sunday!Panel: “Women of Marvel”, 11:15AM-12:15PM, Room 5AB    BE THERE!  For those of you late to this party, Comic-Con is an enormous convention that is theoretically devoted to American comics, but that over the past ten-ish years has become North America’s de facto Big Genre Convention.  Geek idol Joss Whedon is a confirmed devotee.  Cool stuff gets announced there.  Cool stuff gets premiered there.  And you can be around to watch!  It is more fun than several barrels of monkeys.   Now then. All this may be academic to those of you who haven’t already bought tickets, because the entire con is now sold out. But, for those of you who’ve taken the plunge and are all abrim with nervous excitement… read on! […]

By |July 7th, 2011|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Author Interview with Kevin Hearne: Mythology and the Iron Druid Chronicles

 Kevin Hearne is the author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, a new Urban Fantasy series which debuted in May with HOUNDED, followed by HEXED this month, and HAMMERED on July 5th. Of COURSE I had to read his books, seeing as the main character Atticus is constantly finding himself in fights with living breathing gods and goddesses in modern day […]