And here we are again. Nine more days until the new manuscript is turned in. The word count is progressing nicely. And I'm in the midst of writing the last big scene that I need to write from scratch--a whole day earlier than scheduled. This, in spite of two very bad migraine days knocking me on my ass. [fist pump] I'm really loving how this manuscript is coming together too. Weebles wobble but they don't fall down, baby.
And now...Feminist Monday.
Entertainment/Literary: Liz Williams talks about the mid-list, middle age, and women's visibility in media and its effects on women's literary careers. I will say that there is an interesting corollary between women being portrayed as 20-somethings in media (and then dropping off the screen in droves) and authors who happen to be women being permitted to be 'new faces' but not much beyond that. 15 Space Opera Books for Firefly Fans. You know what I love about that list? Nine of the fifteen are novels that happen to be written by women and it's not even bragging about it. The list is just there. You know, just like any of the zillion lists that are only males don't point out they're only male. So cool. Why Are People Still Asking Whether Women Can Be Funny? Five Signs Your Story Is Sexist. And now the companion piece: Five Signs Your Story Is Sexist – Against Men. Ever wonder why television execs do idiotic things to shows that clearly have a a strong audience--particularly when that audience might be non-white and non-male? This may be the answer: Men Are Sabotaging The Online Reviews Of TV Shows Aimed At Women. While that article is specifically addressing shows for (presumably white) women, I'd bet money that this also applies to shows supported by other minority groups. Oppression is a system y'all, and as I often say, it's not terribly creative. Kameron Hurley on The Establishment Has Always Hated the New Kids. Robin Wright Threatened to Go Public If She Didn't Get Equal Pay on House of Cards. Go, Robin Wright! And Libba Bray tells it like it is: Are those your knees in my ass or are you just glad to see me? Exploring how black and white artists depict race. 'People Want These Stories': Women Win Big At The Nebula Awards.
General: What Trans Men See That Women Don't. Meteorologist Forced to Cover Dress on Live Television, Wardrobe Shamed by Public and Station. Sady Doyle talks about online harassment. Women-only gyms are a world away from boys’ clubs such as Muirfield. (And in case you were wondering what started that article: Golf Course Would Rather Keep Archaic Ban On Women Than Host British Open and Peter Alliss: women who want to play at Muirfield should marry a member. Yeah. Right. Because marrying someone for their country club membership doesn't have an awful name, does it? [cough]gold-digger[cough] If you ask me, going by that photo of Peter Alliss...that'd require one extremely desperate pro-golfer.) 52-year-old ballerina Alessandra Ferri blows her teenage hologram self away in new ad. Lizzie Bennett – Blacksmith. The War On Women Continues As Oklahoma Makes Performing Abortions A Felony. And we'll follow that one up with a bit of good news: Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Make Performing Abortion A Felony. ‘Ours to claim?’: lesbian history, gender variance and identification with the past. REVIEW FINDS FATHERS’ AGE, LIFESTYLE ASSOCIATED WITH BIRTH DEFECTS. And when I see this emblazoned across the bottle of every Viagra pills and men's bathrooms, I'll feel a little less like those signs in Texas restaurants and bars screaming about alcohol + potential baby-makers are really about policing women's behavior. Maybe. In a digital archive of fugitive slave ads, a new portrait of slavery emerges. She Doesn't Owe You Shit reminds me of so many instances in my life...one of which being a 'nice guy' in the goth scene who once went off at some length about how he was owed women's companionship and resented not getting it. When I tried to point out the attitude of entitlement he only got even more angry. I had to walk away. Luckily, he moved out of Austin before I had to punch him. :)