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May 4th, 2011

lifeonqueen: (HA - Elizabeth by Cleolinda)
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 01:43 am
As of today, I'm going to be moderating a panel at Polaris this year about Gina Bellafante's infamous review of Game of Thrones and the perception of SF&F as boy's town. This will be all kinds of hilarious for a number of reasons not limited to - I don't like Game of Thrones; I kind of agree with Bellafante's assessment of the books as "boy fiction"*; I think the reason SF&F is perceived as a boy's club is because that is largely what it is, particularly in media where the male gaze is so prevalent that attempting to point in out can be a transgressive act.

Slightly diagonal to the subject but still relevant - a site called "Film Drunk" compiled a group of clips of "Hot Woman Pandering to Nerds" (read the Toronto Star's post about it) because no attractive woman ever read a comic book or something. Then again, visit a site called "Film Drunk" and, really, you've brought the insecure fanboy rage on yourself. "Fandom" often prides itself on being a space where people are accepted on character as opposed to superficial qualities like appearance and money. Yet there are few places misogyny flows as freely as a comic book message board.

N.B. Rosario Dawson is a comic book creator and writer. So is Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes). Guess which one is accused of pandering.

Noted to be read later: "Gosh, sweetie, that's a big gun," from the New York Times on women in action films and the response "Women As Violent Characters": What The F**** Is The Controversy?"

*I personally find A Song of Ice and Fire a decidedly masculine narrative, however, the reason I never suggested The Hobbit to my bookclub (although if I'd known what Clara Callan was going to be like, I so would have) is that I'd read the book in grade six. I assumed everyone else had, too.