I said a little while back that I would put together a list of recs to various essays and videos discussing feminism and female characters. Here is the start of that list, as well as a link to the page for it available on this blog. More will be added to that page as time goes on, and feel free to message me with suggestions.
The Misadventures of Comic Book Girl - A wonderful and heartbreaking essay written by adventuresofcomicbookgirl, about her experiences as a fan of comics and the sexism she faced.
How We Teach Our Kids that Women Are Liars - An article by Soraya Chemaly, exploring how women must often struggle to prove themselves telling the truth, and how this misogynistic stereotype is perpetuated.
Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games - The famous web essays by Anita Sarkeesian, exploring the harmful and misogynistic tropes about women that are oh-so-popular in video games.
Laverne Cox on Bullying and Being a Trans Woman of Color - Laverne Cox, activist and actress from Orange is the New Black, discusses transmisogyny and the issues she has faced as a trans woman of color.
Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy: Let’s Unpack That - This article discusses in-depth the idea of fantasy echoing sexism in history. "History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men."
Girl Trouble: We Care About Young Women as Symbols, Not as People - An article by Laurie Penny discussing how women are not even viewed as people, and are instead demonized and viewed as objects or symbols.
Why Buffy Isn’t a Feminist Show - A short but well-written tumblr post expressing the troubling aspects of Buffy as a show, and the often sexist writing it employed.
Its Alright; You’re a Boy - "Modest is hottest". A young girl takes on her principal and her school over the sexism they express in their dress policy.
Mary-Sue What Are You? Or, Why the Concept of a Mary-Sue is Sexist - An essay examining the double standards involved in female characters being labeled “mary-sues”, once again by adventuresofcomicbookgirl.
What Scares Me is the World We Live In - A young man engages in a social experiement to see how other will react to him dressing in stereotypical “women’s clothes”, and he not only faces more harassment and abuse than he expected, but he fully realizes and admits that he will never truly understand what it is like to live as a woman.
Gender Inequality in Film - An infographic from the New York Film Academy.
Of Course Not All Men Hate Women. But All Men Must Know They Benefit from Sexism - Another article from Laurie Penny discussing how men benefit from sexism, and the flawed thinking that comes from men claiming that we must stop “hurting their feelings” when it comes to their roles in sexism.
What’s the Creepiest Thing Someone Has Said to You While Cosplaying - From Buzzfeed, several pictures of women in cosplay, holding signs of the creepiest things men have said to them while they were cosplaying.
Michelle Rodriguez Made Me Cry at Comic-Con - A first-hand account of sexism at San Diego Comic-Con by Kate Conway, and a panel with Michelle Rodriguez where such sexism was discussed.
What Women Want (in Video Game Protagonists) - An article from the Mary-sue exploring the kind of roles women would like to see for female characters in video games.
The Problem With “The Problem With False Feminism”, a Strongly Worded Essay - Discusses the movie “Frozen” in feminist terms, and it refutes some of its anti-feminist claims, while still pointing out the problematic aspects of the movie.
This will be added to over time, and you can see the page for it here.
omg it’s my writing! I’m on a list! Thanks so much I’m flattered! And this is good stuff!
Bryan Singer blames failure of Superman Returns on trying to appeal to a female audience.
Wait, if it was aimed at a female audience, why was Superman portrayed as a deadbeat father, stalker and implied date-rapist (what with erasing Lois’ memory after sleeping with her so she doesn’t know whose responsible for the resulting pregnancy)?
Female audience bc emotions and tepid romance…and women don’t like action? But u know there’s a lot to be said for emotions but like those …emotions to have to be…good and not poorly done Bryan…i mean did the movie even pass the Bechdel test I’m pretty sure it didn’t and that’s like the lowest possible bar.
— Sara McKenna, a former Marine, became pregnant during a brief relationship with Bode Miller, an Olympic skier. While seven months pregnant, she moved from California to New York to go to school, leading a judge to scold her for “virtually absconding with her fetus.” Now, the fight for custody of their son has become “a closely watched legal battle over the rights of pregnant women to travel and make life choices.” (via albinwonderland)
You know, I’m amazed how we don’t judge the choices that rich white men make. Look at how we don’t prosecute bank executives who illegally foreclosed on middle class families and rigged international lending rates. Look at how we defend mutli-million dollar pay packages for CEOs running their companies into the ground and yet scrutinize even a 10-cent increase in the minimum wage. Look at how we make excuses for male politician after politician who drop their pants and then make comebacks (pun intended!).
But poor women, especially poor women of color, immigrant women—we judge every choice they make. We judge them if they have children. We judge them if they get abortions and don’t have children. We don’t care that General Electric doesn’t pay any taxes— but we care that poor women of color collect public assistance AND have too nice of a cell phone."
"Not a single word."
Dr Rebecca Erikson, my professor, in her introduction of epistemology and challenging the main narrative