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 (Before we begin, a brief plug for Geekquality, a new podcast devoted to “Feminism, Race, Ability, Gender, and Sexuality in Geek Culture”. Though I have not yet had a chance to check it out, I approve of it on general principles. Huzzah!)  Many electrons have died recently to bring us stories on Siri, […]

By |December 30th, 2011|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Happy Christmath!

 All the Chicas are at the Fortress of Solitude waiting for the Doctor Who Christmas special to start, but here’s a nerdy math song for your respective yuletides.  

By |December 24th, 2011|MyBlog|0 Comments|

In further girl-positive entertainment news…

 Trailers from Pixar’s Brave (plus a rather slight article) and Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games.   

By |November 15th, 2011|MyBlog|0 Comments|


 What’s Halloween without a treat?    Written but not directed by Hayao Miyazaki, The Secret World of Arrietty is out Feb. 17 2012.  It’s based on Mary Norton’s book The Borrowers.  And there was much rejoicing. *Kermit flail*   

By |October 27th, 2011|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Girl Media / Boy Media (or, The My Little Brony That Could)

 I always knew that nostalgia for the 80s would come around sooner or later. I wasn’t expecting My Little Ponies to be relaunched, though, much less to become the basis of a an animated TV show that’s the darling of geeky young men. That part was a surprise. […]

By |October 12th, 2011|MyBlog|2 Comments|

What Not To Call Michele Bachmann

 Attention, writers of the world: Rep. Bachmann may be an odious waste of skin, but not even that is an excuse to be sexist. I speak of this otherwise excellent article on Republicans’ war on the working class, which nevertheless refers to Bachmann as “shrill”.  Writers, please don’t call women “shrill”.  Or “hysterical”.  Or […]

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

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|

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|

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|

One of us! One of us!

Californian Alyssa Campanella describes herself as “a huge history geek”, with particular interest in Tudor and Stuart England (my sister would LOVE her), and “a science geek”. (In fact, she was one of exactly two contestants to unequivocally support teaching science in science classes.)  She watches “Game of Thrones” and […]

By |June 22nd, 2011|MyBlog|8 Comments|