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The Comic Book Film and Representation | Written By Gail

comic bookBeing a geek has never been cooler.

Not being an actual geek, of course. The socially awkward, the ugly, the pedant, the obsessed – they are still likely to be social outcasts. Liking Harry Potter might be considered normal, but my encyclopedic knowledge of Harry Potter trivia, my shipping and fanfic writing, the Ravenclaw flag hanging in my room – those are all weird. But geeky interests – those are certainly “in”. The most popular TV show – Game of Thrones – is a fantasy epic^. With the advent of Netflix and other streaming services, cult shows and movies are getting a new audience. And the biggest blockbusters are comic book movies – superhero movies, of all things.

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Stop defining women by the men in their lives | written by Gail

stop defining women

Wow I’m really on a roll with this feminist content, huh? I have to admit I’m so crazy busy I can’t believe I even have the energy to come up with this stuff. But so much stuff makes me angry! Whenever I get angry about antisemitism next, y’all will be the first to know, because there will be a post about it. I’m sorrynotsorry for how short this is in comparison to the previous posts, but you should see my schedule. Have some empathy.

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Stop Friggin’ Fridging

stop friggin fridginWomen In Refrigerators is a website created in 1999 by known comic book writer Gail Simone. She got the name from a Green Lantern comic in which a love interest, Alexandra Dewitt, was killed and stuffed in a fridge for the simple purpose of motivating the male lead, Green Lantern. She and her friends were noticing a pattern: the sheer amount of women in fiction who are raped, maimed, or murdered for the sake of a man’s character development or story. Originally the term referred to comic book storylines only, but in the two decades since, the term – most commonly known as “fridging” – has been expanded to refer to any medium. It appears most egregiously, in my opinion, in video games, but can be found in any medium. Here is, for example, a supercut of fridging in movies.

(Please note that TV Tropes include any character who suffers to motivate another character; in its original form, and in the way most people use it, it refers specifically to female characters killed for the sake of male characters development. When it’s men, it is mostly often more accurately referred to as “dead men defrosting”. Feminist Frequency has an excellent video about this entire subject.) Continue reading “Stop Friggin’ Fridging”

Book Reviews

Book Review: Charles Olson & Ezra Pound | written by Gail

Hate blinds. It makes this man of exquisite sense a false instrument. It makes a lie of perception.

Charles Olson and Ezra Pound: An Encounter at St. Elizabeths, 1975, pg. 56 (emphasis my own)

It was a Friday evening, and I was, as usual, reading a book. Shabbat had come in with the sunset, but dinner wasn’t going to be for another hour. I could smell the food from the kitchen, and, in the living room with me, could hear my mother and brother turning the pages in their own books. The book I was reading was absolutely fascinating (and I gave it five stars on Goodreads, too), so I was a little irritated when my reading was interrupted by my father, who dumped eight books on the table next to me and asked if I want to have them.

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In Defense of Trashy Romance

trashyromanceContent Warning: The following essay deals in detail with cisnormative notions of gender and gender roles, and the sexism that goes along with it. It is heavily critical of this content, but if this subject upsets you, I suggest you read something else. There’s also lighthearted mention of drugs.

In Defense of Trashy Romance, by Gail

When I was younger, I had trouble reading English, despite being a fluent speaker. I was raised in a bilingual household; these things happen. At seventh grade, I was reading at tenth grade level Hebrew, but only about fifth grade level English. The year previously, as a Bat Mitzvah gift, I’d been given the entirety of the Lord of the Rings (a family tradition), and I struggled through every page. It’s not only that I wasn’t a great reader in English, but also that I was just that much better in Hebrew – it frustrated me that I was so slow that it took me about four times longer to get through a page in English than it did for me to get through a page in Hebrew.

Then the first day of Eighth grade came along.

I had already made a deal with my friend to sit next to him on the first day, but of course, fate intervened. Our teacher decided she was going to give us assigned seating, and I was sat next to the new girl.

That was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Continue reading “In Defense of Trashy Romance”