Archive for the ‘The F Word’ Category

Twilight Vs. Buffy

March 14, 2010

You know what Buffy did when she had to choose between the guy she wanted and saving the world? She fucking killed the guy. Duh. Sometimes you have to kill what you love to save the world. That’s a real story. Ripping off your shirt to show off your sparkle and cliff diving because you can’t live without a guy is fetishized 50s porn. When the sum total of your choices is – should I screw this guy or should I screw this guy? – you’re living in a pretty boring world.

C’mon now, people. Where’s my backlash against the backlash?


March 8, 2010

A little stunned that the first woman to win Best Director won in 2010.

That’s two-thousand-and-ten, people.

At least this happened before the flying cars?

Whip It

February 22, 2010

Nice little feel-good movie with all the right cliches (for most of the movie, I felt like I was watching Bend it Like Beckham) – but it nicely jettisons the not-so-nice cliches. This is a girl power movie, and it doesn’t mistake itself for a rom-com (thank god). It may be the only movie I know where the girl tells the guy to shove it (and he’s not explicitly a bad person) and her consolation prize isn’t another guy… it’s to just keep living her life on her terms. It’s a movie about a woman finding her voice, her confidence, and reveling in her own physical strength while forming strong friendships with other women. You don’t see that often… usually it’s “I found a man and it solved my life!” Not so, here. 

What I really came away with was just how physical these women get to be. When you watch them knocking each other over, wrestling, hitting each other on the back, jumping around, horsing around, what you realize is how meek and soft and non-threatening women are trained to be, and how rare it is to see this. It was cool to see how things could be really different, and what women’s culture could be like if we moved just one step to the left.


February 18, 2010

Quote of the Day

February 8, 2010

“Don’t smell like sunsets and baby powder. Smell like Jet Fighters and punching.”
– Old Spice body wash ad

(I shit you not!)

Quote of the Day

February 5, 2010

“(on the creation of gendered fantasy genres in bookstores)…. one which is full of boys’ stuff like blood and killing, which is for boys and which boys should read, and one which is full of stuff that girls enjoy, like blood and fucking, which is for girls and which girls should read.”

I’m not sure if graduating from “romance” to “blood and fucking” is an improvement (Twilight, best I understand, doesn’t have much of either. It’s pretty straight romance), but put in those particular terms, it does remind me that there’s a primed but largely untapped “blood and fucking” market (Joe Abercrombie’s “Best Served Cold” is a good example of a true “blood and fucking” book). I know this, of course, but every time somebody passed on GW because they thought it was “unmarketable” really threw me for a loop.

Oh, Syfy, tell me this is not the real ad for Caprica

January 22, 2010

Barf. Seriously?


Yes, Girls Play Video Games

January 15, 2010

Oh, the Alistair love!

BioWare writers do know how to woo the geek girls (me included. I did, uh, in fact, do a google search on this topic which led me here for, uh, personal reasons?). We’re always around playing your games, you know, you just don’t hear about it until we finally get something that’s, you know, actually made for us.

Donutman767: i´╗┐ never realized so many girls played this game until i read the comments
kingkarlone: You can thank Allistair´╗┐ for that.

Alistair Dragon Age love here.


December 19, 2009

Did not suck.

What a relief.

Woman, Domesticated

December 16, 2009

Oh, how I love The Onion

“A valuable commodity with seemingly endless uses, the woman has played a crucial role throughout human history,” noted historian Alan Helbling said. “Not only could she be trained to perform a variety of tasks, but once her spirit was broken and her energies reined in, she could be taught to come whenever she was called.”