In 1969, Joanna Russ spoke to the Philadelphia Science Fiction Convention about taboo words, their honest and dishonest uses and the unearned thrill: “I want to be able to use dirty wordies without shocking anybody. I want to write about the subjects they refer to without shocking anybody. […]
The Guardian wonders about the absence of female science fiction and fantasy authors in its recent readers poll of favorites. Is publishing sexist? Are fans? (Beware the comments thread).
Comics Alliance hosts a roundtable discussion about Women in Comics and “geek girls” featuring Comics Alliance Editor Laura Hudson, Fresh Ink‘s Blair Butler, The Beat Editor Heidi MacDonald and Newsarama/Publisher Weekly/Has Boobs, Reads Comics‘ Jill Pantozzi.
Laura Hudson analyzes Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams recent embrace of sockpuppetry as a tool: “[H]e lied to us on the internet in order to hide his obvious personal agenda and conflict of interest. But it’s OK, because all he was trying to do was hide his obvious personal […]
Janell Hobson connects Saturday Night Live‘s, “Bride of Blackenstein” to Sara Baartman, the Hottentot Venus, via Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Tiger Beatdown has a poignant post about Betty Draper in Mad Men: “We wanted Betty to read The Feminine Mystique and get her mind blown and rise above; or, we wanted her to stay a victim, so we could relate to her better, or at least keep feeling […]