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From The Slate Book Review
…and other pressing questions about the great Ludwig van B. in our new short.
Because, after all, the lack of women in Star Wars is not arbitrary. Star Wars is a genre picture—and the genre is, broadly, boys’ adventure. The series is devoted to battles, adventure, politics, more adventure, and more battles. Girls certainly can—and certainly do!—like all of those things. But the fact remains that the genre has historically been focused on boys. Which means that it has been a lot more concerned with providing points of identification for guys than with points of identification for girls. It’s not an accident that it’s Leia rather than Han who ends up in the swimsuit and chains, right? (Even though she remains, even in chains, badass.)
Genre and gender, then, are tied up together. Sci-fi imagines different worlds—but those different worlds are governed in no small part by particular narrative expectations. The galaxy isn’t as far away, nor as teeming with possibilities as it looks.
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So you remember the article I posted a couple of days ago? You know, the one that ended up with me going off on a tangent about fans and fandom in general? Well, guess what? There’s a follow up with rebuttals from some of the leading thinkers in terms of military strategy. It’s yet another long read, but quite enjoyable.
This is an incredible article breaking down why the Empire failed to destroy the Rebels on Hoth. Even if you’re only a casual Star Wars fan (which, if that’s the case, you’re following the wrong blog), it’s still a great read.
I am so into this article I can’t even tell you. I really don’t think we need to pick favorites, it’s not something I do well and I feel third-party guilt for being pleased with the result here, but I am more pleased that it was so close. let’s just give love to ALL the archers, man.
also I think I’ve asked before, but what are folks thinking of Arrow?? I asked the guy at the comic book shop when I was there the other day and he said he was really enjoying it, because it’s got a Dark Knight feel so it’s darker than Smallville. I assume I will eventually watch it, but I don’t know if I want to make it a priority right now. I really need to figure out how to catch up with Elementary before I do anything else TV-wise…. xoxoxoxo
Clearly, it’s time to nom out on cupcakes. CLEARLY.
I don’t agree with calorie-counting and this article is sort of flimsy, but cupcakes! I’m always in favor of cupcakes. xoxoxoxo
Scouting officials argued that background checks would cost too much, scare away volunteers and provide a false sense of security. They successfully lobbied to kill state legislation that would have mandated FBI fingerprint screening.
While touting their efforts to protect children, the Scouts for years resisted one of the most basic tools for preventing abuse. The result: The organization let in hundreds of men with criminal histories of child molestation, many of whom went on to abuse more children, according to a Times analysis of the Scouts’ confidential abuse files.
This article is so unbelievably damning, I’m appalled. I can barely wrap my brain around this. I hope they get they sued into oblivion.
trigger warning: sexual abuse, child abuse
I could not bring myself to read more than half of this article because I want to cry
but this is fucking repugnant. for an organization to support negligent, damaging policies and tacitly allow this to continue for decades, I just can’t even fathom how this is possible. and I hate that so many of these incidences could have been prevented with a simple procedural change.
how is it possible for people in charge of this kind of decision-making to convince themselves that this is okay?
this breaks my heart.
This is just a fan-freaking-tastic little read.
(via Cosmic Variance)
this is a quick read, and interesting. xoxoxoxo
This is an amazingly powerful, clear and well-researched article that exposes how the “pro-life” movement is anything but.
I’m surprised this hasn’t come across my dash since I first read it last week, but it might be of interest to fellow readers here: Stanford researchers tested the difference between casual and close reading by having students read a chapter of Mansfield Park while their brains were being scanned.
Phillips said the global increase in blood flow during close reading suggests that “paying attention to literary texts requires the coordination of multiple complex cognitive functions.” Blood flow also increased during pleasure reading, but in different areas of the brain. Phillips suggested that each style of reading may create distinct patterns in the brain that are “far more complex than just work and play.”
Worth a full read if you’re interested.
This is very cool - I’m a published writer in The Guardian today. :)
I don’t care who you are. Your ass is still mine come Week 7.
eta: Actually a very cool read. Makes me wonder what my shelves say about me.
this is a fun read, and I can really use the organizational tips at the end! my bookshelves are ridiculously messy. xoxoxoxo