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Showing posts 1 to 8 labeled Gender Politics (8 total)

Relationship Lessons from Disney Movies (September 11, 2016)

The Little Mermaid To net the man of your dreams, you should cut ties with your family, give up your best talents, and uproot your life to move to "his" world. Then if you keep your mouth shut and act cute, he'll fall for you hook, line, and sinker. More »

Faux Strength in Female Characters (January 17, 2016)

Not every heroine needs to be strong, but if you intend to write a strong heroine, you should do it properly. You can't just put her in combat boots and call it a day. More »

The Bechdel Test Is a Joke. Literally. (August 2, 2014)

A few days ago, I learned something that is likely common knowledge among people considered educated members of society: the Bechdel test is a joke. Literally. More »

Sex Isn't a Story, Intelligence Isn't Cute, and Culture Isn't Character (May 19, 2014)

On Friday I borrowed a certain library book. By Saturday night I was bitterly disappointed in the author, the publisher, and humanity as a whole. More »

Historical Romance: A Subgenre of "Fantasy" (December 7, 2013)

Balls. Arranged marriages. Corsets. Top hats. Chaperones. London. Brighton. Grand mansions in the quaint English countryside. Handsome footmen. Pretty ladies' maids. Bawdy lower classes using funny cockney slang. Proper upper classes using archaic speech patterns. Swords. Horse-drawn carriages. And, occasionally, pirates. More »

Agency in Adult Fiction (May 19, 2013)

Yesterday I finished another of Sophie Kinsella's bestsellers in my ongoing effort to learn the secrets of comedy gold. Unfortunately, this time the only lessons I took away were negative ones. The book of the week was The Undomestic Goddess, which has four and a half stars on Amazon. More »

The Romance of Rape (December 16, 2012)

There's a terrible disconnect between societal attitudes towards rape in the real world and rape in fiction. More »

Why I'm an Egalitarian, Not a Feminist (October 27, 2012)

I dislike neofeminism for the same reasons I dislike politics and the song "Billionaire": disingenuity and hypocrisy. More »