Quick Bit About Sexism in Fandom
I attended an excellent panel at Sakura-con last weekend about Sexism in Fandom and Geekery. The panelists quickly covered sexist imagery and in comic media and video games touching on how the portrayals that we have come to expect can perpetuate bad tropes or oversexualize otherwise good characters. Then, the conversation shifted to personal experiences and the panelists both shared their...
Trappings, Signifiers, and Characterization: What... →
thepatches: My second outing at Altair and Vega. We’re taking on Gender Studies.
Pixar Caps: The Incredibles: Not Incredibly... →
feministdisney: maudeloves: elliefredricksen: feministdisney: The Incredibles feminist review overall rating: 2.5 stars (see bottom for detail on rating) I don’t know what it is with Disney having really blatantly off-putting statements in their beginnings and endings these days (oh Tangled proposal… all i want to add to this is that 1, i agree with the second commentary, NOT the...
Things On Which I am Unqualified to Write
[TW: I am out of my depth on some of this more subtle trans* and gender stuff, but don’t mean to offend. This post is me sorting through my thoughts. You have been warned] I continue to be intrigued by Masasumi Honda (from Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere), but as I have NO real grounding in trans issues to speak of, I have been keeping my mouth shut. But I still want to talk about zie. ...
The Face of Cosplay: Racism & Cosplayers of Color →
Because as Sandy Doyle says, “My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit!”
Nisemonogatari and the Arrow of Female Hysteria →
SO. I’ve joined the intellectual and charming aniblog “The Untold Story of Altair and Vega”. They were mostly interested in my work here on waifuz (which flatters me more than I little), so I am going to start writing longer things for them. What does that mean for this little slice the internet? Not much at the moment. I will still probably post shorter things and interact with...
ugh, the thing happening in Bakuman right now...
ferret205: Mostly because it’s true. I don’t understand how these men can just give up liking a voice actress just because she has a boyfriend and start calling her a slut basically. “my Azu-kyun isn’t pure!” fucking hell, are you pure? The idol culture within Japan really sickens me. I know I should chill because Bakuman is fictional but I know this happens and it’s awful.
Oe-san And The Importance of Grace
Or: How Incredible, the Feminine [A short, brown haired girl stands in a pink kimono with purple obi, her eyes closed with blooming white flowers against a blue background. Picture from http://randomc.net/] So, Chihayafuru is on it’s way to being in my Top 5 anime. It’s gonna push out K-On!! and cause me to re-think how I order the list. It’s just that good. Chihaya forms...
Alita, The Strongest Warrior
Or: Is gender a function of perception? I really got into manga in high school. I spent my days sitting in the back of Spanish class reading Nausicaa, Dominion Tank Police, and Ranma 1/2 and using my quick wit to pass the conversational activities without any prep. It’s in this time period that I came in contact with Battle Angel Alita (known as Gunnm in Japan) and have been fascinated with...
Kurogane's Anime Blog - Fanservice →
I love Kurogane for his copious use of screenshots and clever asides. The blog itself uses some problematic otaku language (“rape face” is pretty common), but overall a good, standard commentary on the week’s airing shows. Why I’ve linked this post however, is that it provides a good example of the different types of fanservice. Notice the difference between the shots of...
What I'm Watching: Bakuman 2 →
Lauren is awesome for many reasons and a personal friend (can I call her close? not sure. Would have to ask). Her read of Bakuman makes me wary of continuing…
Iria, The Arrow, and Characterization
“The Arrow” is a reference to this post which is ostensibly about the FedEx arrow, but actually about social justice issues in fiction. I am bringing it up here because I think that my awareness that the arrow MIGHT exist (although I don’t see it in every case) makes me reluctant to hold up many of the female characters I love as good examples of characterization. I worry mainly...
Only Not Quite
Or: The Reverse Harem isn’t Equal [A blond, white boy lies on the grownd in a white jacket and shirt, smiling. The text says, “I’m scared I’ll never love a guy as much as I love Tamaki Suou” source: http://animangaconfessions.tumblr.com/post/9677303129 ] So, this post isn’t JUST an excuse to show a confession about Tamaki (although I love Tamaki). What I...
Prefecture's Youth Council Discusses 'Harmful'... →
“Also, if there are more depictions where women lead, it will encourage the tendency toward homosexuality and make it difficult psychologically to have a sexual intercourse normally.” Yuck.