Consider this an open thread; post what you like, for as long as you like, with whomever you’d like. Self-linking is encouraged.
My open tabs today are mostly comics-and-feminism related:
* Girl-Wonder’s newly unrolled Con Anti-Harassment Project. I’m really impressed with the work they’ve been doing in the last month.
* And also check out Digital Femme’s discussion of con harassment and women of color.
* Colleen Doran’s sarcastic response to some asshole horrified that middle-aged women attend comic book conventions. (But if you can’t stand even a slight oblique negative comment about Obama supporters, you might want to skip this link.)1
* From Overthinking It, which has a great tagline, an excellent post on “strong female characters” in action movies:
This Super Strong Female Character is almost like a Mary Sue, except instead of being perfect in every way because she’s a stand-in for the author, she’s perfect in every way so the male audience will want to bang her and so the female audience won’t be able to say, “Tsk tsk, what a weak female character!” [...]
I think the major problem here is that women were clamoring for “strong female characters,” and male writers misunderstood. They thought the feminists meant [Strong Female] Characters. The feminists meant [Strong Characters], Female.
* And Occasional Superheroine asks, “Can’t a female character be bloodcurdingly evil but not sexy? Can she express her evil in a way that doesn’t mean really big breasts in a leather outfit?”
* The Hathor Legacy has a really good link round-up of recent blog posts related to The Bechdel Test.
Thanks to Pen-Elayne, from whom many of these links come.
- I mentioned that about the oblique Obama thing because I figure it’ll lead to many more people clicking through to Colleen’s post. [↩]