sqbr: me cosplaying the bearded dwarf cheery longbottom, titled Expressing my femininity with an axe (femininity)
Monday, August 16th, 2010 07:45 pm
Watching On the Prowl and reading the comments got me thinking about how vidding fandom (which is mostly female) portrays violence against women. Because while I agree with the people saying that the vid would be much more disturbing if it was all female characters, I do also like a lot of vids with violence against women in them.

So I went through my vids (mostly live action, with a few AMVs) and looked at those that featured significant violence against women, and I ended up with a couple of different categories for the ways it's portrayed. This is only a cross section of the vids I have seen and liked, and may not be representative (especially of people who don't like femslash), if your experience or opinion is different I'd be curious to hear about it.
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sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
Monday, February 8th, 2010 10:18 am
EDIT: People keep linking to this, as far as I can tell with the assumption that my meandering and ridiculously complex attempt to translate social justice concepts into something my mathematician's brain can understand is a set of rules I expect other people to follow, unless they want me and my fellow scary social justice types to come dogpile them or something. I am deliberately poking at ambiguous situations in order to understand them, not giving examples of blatant Fail! Overall I rather regret this post, it's so full of edits and addendums my original point is mostly lost :/
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sqbr: Torchwood spoilers for various episode numbers: Jack dies (torchwood spoilers)
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 01:48 pm
This isn't a deep post. just an off topic tangent from this discussion.

So, ones I can think of off the top of my head (my brain has of course gone blank):

  • Revolutionary Girl Utena
  • Card Captor Sakura
  • Sailor Moon? (I haven't seen it)
  • Check the comments for many more!

It doesn't have to be the main characters, my point was that sometimes in anime (unlike mainstream western tv) you can think "Those two have such good chemistry, wouldn't it be great if they got together!" and they do.

EDIT: Obviously I'm not the best judge of this myself but the aim is stories one can enjoy as representations of queerness not unrealistic yaoi etc, and relatively mainstream anime that a typical sff geek might easily encounter and enjoy.

There's also lots where the subtext never quite becomes text but isn't actively contradicted either, like (as I recall) "Read or Die".
sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 09:56 am
My last post and related discussions have got me thinking about the ways in which fic in general, and my fic in particular, pokes at social justice issues, as well as what it is about f/f romance that pings for me in a particular way other types of stories don't.

And I've realised that what I really like reading is stories that not only highlight the inequalities in society, and show people from marginalised groups being awesome, but show them working together to overcome those inequalities.

Note: the rest of this post is self indulgent introspection. But I am curious to know if anyone else seeks out stories like this. I know people see it as a trope that SHOULD be written for sensible socially conscious reasons, but for me it's also a very strong entirely selfish personal preference, akin to my love of schmoopy m/f romance.
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sqbr: Torchwood spoilers for various episode numbers: Jack dies (torchwood spoilers)
Thursday, May 14th, 2009 08:03 am
On the whole, as a white Australian, I feel uncomfortable making independent statements about racism which is specific to America. But this rule has been so consistent I feel it's worth noting:

The New Orleans Rule
Any fictional story set in New Orleans will involve witch-doctors/Voodoo/zombies.
There may be some superficial guff about how it's a perfectly respectable religion and maybe you'll meet a nice Voodoo priest or something but in the end it will turn out to be Evil And Scary and chances are the nice non-threatening Voodoo practicing black girl who helps the white protagonist will turn out to be a Dangerous Evil Slut.

Recent stories will mention Hurricane Katrina for regional colour, but really it'll be about the Scary Voodoo.

EDIT: May apply more to movies/tv/games than books.
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sqbr: Alien city skyline (atlantis)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 04:30 pm
So Stargate Night was a worthy experiment, and ended in the middle of season 7. I thought I would do a summary of how I felt about the first 6 seasons, maybe doing the rest if and when I watch them.

Episodes from this list, ones added by Cam in italics. They do tend to be the ones I disliked...

Overall: cheesey, silly, unoriginal, but often fun and thrilling if you don't think too hard and some genuinely interesting ideas here and there. So Racist OMG.
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sqbr: A happy dragon on a pile of books (bookdragon)
Monday, December 29th, 2008 06:39 pm
Researching for Wedding is Desiny I came across Letters to a Young Lady on a Variety of Useful and Interesting Subjects which basically consists entirely of book recommendations. Since both of my characters read a fair bit, and I start each chapter with a quote, this is a useful resource and I went through and wrote them all down and then added links where (a) I could find something and (b) could be bothered (ie not for the bible). I skipped the Biography, Art, and guides to other countries sections because I just don't care.

Yes, making lists is like a sickness with me.
Cut because I'm sure noone but me will find this remotely interesting )
sqbr: calvin and hobbes with a duplicator, Copyright violation: ho! ( not intended to encourage copyright violation) (yay copyright)
Monday, December 15th, 2008 12:26 pm
After last swancon I and Cam got inspired to create a panel about vids which create something new from canon, but we eventually realised we had very different things in mind so it never happened. But I was inspired by this discussion to put together the preliminary notes I made into a post.

Imagine I put some clever meta about vids here :) In short: most vids just try to distill a certain essence from canon (humour, a relationship, angst, etc) but don't actually deviate from the source that much, just choosing which aspects to highlight.

Which is fine, but these are the different sorts I could could think of that don't do that: they either create a new altered version of canon, deconstruct it, or create something totally different.
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sqbr: A happy dragon on a pile of books (bookdragon)
Thursday, December 4th, 2008 02:22 pm
So I was thinking about the scifi that doesn't get the love it deserves, and had an idea for a con panel: Hard science fiction for subjects other than physics, maths, and computer science.

Where here by "hard" I mean "Fairly scientifically realistic (given one or two "what-if"s etc), someone with a degree in that field would think it was cool rather than painfully innaccurate". Normal (ie mathsy) examples in this field are people like Greg Egan, Stephen Baxter ("Raft" had me doing 3d intergration to figure out the gravity field of his space ship :)), some Asimov etc.

The problem is: I have a degree in maths and computer science, so what the hell do I know about these other subjects :D On the other hand, [livejournal.com profile] nico_wolfwood (who has volunteered to co-panelise it) has the right sort of degree but couldn't think of many examples :)

So, for those of you with a background in one of these other sciences what books do you feel make a genuine effort to explore the ideas of your field in an informed and inventive way? Any objections to our current suggestions?
What we can think of )
Right. Now both my panel ideas are out there I feel much better. They're both doing ok in the panel voting and I at least feel semi-prepared for it if they do get taken up. And if I'm sick on the day [livejournal.com profile] nico_wolfwood etc have my notes to work from, should they feel the need :)

EDIT: More discussion here.
sqbr: Torchwood spoilers for various episode numbers: Jack dies (torchwood spoilers)
Sunday, November 30th, 2008 09:31 pm
I used to think I didn't like anime and refused to watch any, but then realised I was just watching the wrong stuff and found lots I adore, and in general think there's something in anime for pretty much everyone: "Anime" just means "animated films made in japan" after all, and covers a huge range of styles and genres. So I decided to put together a Swancon panel about anime series/movies I think would appeal to people at the con who don't consider themselves anime fans, and being me am making a post about it first. The aim is not to convert people into becoming anime fans, just to give them a chance to watch some stuff they might like even if anime in general is not for them. The panel may not end up happening but hey, chances are more people will read this than would have come anyway :)
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sqbr: Torchwood spoilers for various episode numbers: Jack dies (torchwood spoilers)
Thursday, November 20th, 2008 02:08 pm
Latest set of movies from Quickflix, most of which were pretty good.
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sqbr: Torchwood spoilers for various episode numbers: Jack dies (torchwood spoilers)
Monday, September 8th, 2008 09:19 pm
A follow on from this post, what I've rented from Quickflix since then. All votes out of 5, if unrated it means Cam rented it. But pay them no attention, I'm very inconsistent with voting.
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sqbr: Torchwood spoilers for various episode numbers: Jack dies (torchwood spoilers)
Sunday, September 7th, 2008 09:57 pm
Ten Truly Underrated Sci-Fi Movies via linkmachinego. Don't forget the follow up post at the bottom.

Those I've seen, all worth watching if you like sf:
Primer: Best movie time travel ever
Tron: Absolutely classic, also has amusing-in-retrospect Sheridan & Londo scene :)
Existenz: Kind of crap, imo, but still really interesting
Gattacca: Awesome, like Primer actually takes it's material seriously
Dark City: Really interesting and effective style, even if it didn't make sense in parts. Borderline fantasy.
Cypher: I found this a bit shallow under it's cleverness, and very much reminiscent of a book I read in primary school (I won't say which for spoiler reasons)
The Quiet Earth: Saw this at Swancon, very strange and slow but unique and interesting. Are there any other NZ sf films?

I've read the story of "A boy and his dog" and it was effectively creepy, don't think I'd like the film.

Added to Quickflix queue: "Enemy Mine", "Silent Running" and "Strange days".

You HAVE to watch the trailer for "Enemy Mine". I can see why it's considered one of the slashiest canons ever "Hatred..turns to love tolerance. Tolerance..turns to love friendship. Friendship..turns to love."

Also, I don't care what they say, it may be cheesy and shallow but I liked Equilibrium :P
sqbr: A happy dragon on a pile of books (bookdragon)
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 12:31 pm
I keep seeing posts like this and then losing them again, so a (currently pretty sparse) compilation of all the useful-looking (to me) social-advice-for-geeks I've seen and can think of right now. I'll add more stuff if I think of it/am linked it.

Not all of these are explicitely "advice", but I think the important factors are (a) Talking about issues of social interaction and (b)largely being aimed at the people they're complaining about, ie not a woman ranting to her female friends about a particular male behaviour.

Also, note that I don't neccesarily agree with everything in all of these, but they are least thought provoking.
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sqbr: A happy dragon on a pile of books (bookdragon)
Friday, April 18th, 2008 02:29 pm
As some of you may recall I helped run a panel on the use of "race" as a metaphor in sff at Swancon. Preparing for and doing that panel has made me really aware of just how often this is done, and done badly, and since I'm having a slowish day at work, I've been inspired to organise it all into two lists.

I talk about "aliens" here but it applies just as well to any other non human group. Similarly, I'm mainly thinking about race/ethnicity, but stuff like religion etc works too.

Anything in bold is in both lists and an automatic fail.
Signs your aliens are probably humans in disguise )Things you just can't say about human groups )
sqbr: A happy dragon on a pile of books (bookdragon)
Monday, March 10th, 2008 02:58 pm
Here is the final list from the Online SFF panel, edited to add all the suggestions I got from my wonderful co-panelist Zara Baxter and the ten or so people who turned up (well, everything I wrote down, anyway) Have added to my big page of panel synopses etc.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] deathwombat, here is a photo of the whiteboard with everyone ideas on it (though things got overwritten a bit)

Sorry it's this huge mass of largely undifferentiated information, I've about reached the limit of how much more effort I can be bothered expending on this now the con is over. There really is some good stuff in here!

People are encouraged to add anything they like in the comments, but since I'm feeling lazy I'm probably not going to add them to the page so you'll have to read the comments to see them :)

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