So, um, anyone who has known me for a long time (a few of you on my friendslist) knows one of my fannish philosophies is "Slash can be feminist, but isn't INHERENTLY feminist." I've said it so often that I haven't felt the need to say it for a really long time. Plus, I hadn't written any fanfics since 2006. But now I am writing again, and some of the comments of geek blogosphere feminists got me thinking about it once more.

I'd thought about it first when I read one wanky feminist (from the radical side of the spectrum, I say this as a qualifier -- not as a judgment on radical feminism) whose name I don't want to repeat saying that slash wasn't feminist because the female writers repeated the violence often seen in mainstream pornography, and that they were turning men into sex objects. Another, more mainstream feminist also repeated the violence complaint.

I thought of addressing their arguments, but decided eventually to let it go and forget about it. Mostly because of this. But then I read this, which is about Twilight but reminded me of some of the more annoying "slash is feminist" arguments.

This last part is one of my favorite things about the books. They’re all about female desire. Teenage female desire. Yes, there’s an underlying message that abstinence is the only safe way to handle sexuality–vampirism and werewolf-ism both being metaphors, mostly, in these books, for male sexuality–but Bella is the one who pushes for premarital sex, both literally and in the metaphoric sense, premarital vampirism.

These may sound like two divergent topics, but they tie together, I swear.

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( Jan. 4th, 2009 08:00 am)
Man, this sucks.

Although it doesn't really affect my life because I don't read the newspaper comics. Hell, I haven't read the new Marvel comics for ... awhile now. Mostly because my job was keeping me preoccupied so I had to drop comics even before One More Day/Brand New Day came out. So I didn't really contribute to the "vote with my wallet" initiative. I suspect they don't care about money anyway, given how adamant Quesada was about this.

My boyfriend has been whining to me about my Marvel apathy. (I taught him the term "harshing my squee" and now he says that to me all the time.) But at least that's pretty much all it is: apathy. I don't want to play the "you have a responsibility to buy the books you like" game anymore. And I'm not going to get excited about these big crossover events only to have them come out late and be annoying. I can still squee, even if most of that squee has been taken up getting excited over a comic that came out when I was 1-years-old. I just, don't feel it for Marvel much anymore, I'm afraid.

And while I'm complaining, I just want to say this: Peter Parker should have never married Gwen Stacy. Actually, scratch that. GWEN STACY should have never married Peter Parker because she threw herself at him and he was a total prick to her. Right before her death he thought she was cheating on him with Flash. That relationship sucked, sucked, SUUUUU-CKED.
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( Jan. 4th, 2009 03:38 pm)
Sarah Vowell is the first book completed again. Weird. I'm going to try to knock out a lot of my "partially read" list this year.

* = PoC author (or some PoC authors, if an anthology)

Books Without Pictures (9)
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs :)
Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton :)
Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages by Phyllis Rose :)
Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey :)
The Good Mother by Sue Miller :(
The Awakening with a selection of short stories (Bantam Classics) by Kate Chopin :)
The Waste Land and Other Poems: Including The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot :)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho* :/
The Autobiography of God by Julius Lester* :)

Books Finished (4)
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell :)
The Necklace and Other Stories by Guy de Maupassant :)
Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories (Revised Edition) ed. by James Moffett and Kenneth R. McElheny* :)
Dickens by Peter Ackroyd :/

Books With Pictures (8)
The Best of The Spirit by Will Eisner and others :)
Watching the Watchmen: The Definitive Companion to the Ultimate Graphic Novel by Dave Gibbons and others :)
Hepcats #0-10 (Snowblind, Part One) by Martin Wagner :)
Herbie Archives Vol. 1 by Richard E. Hughes and Ogden Whitney :)
Earth X by Alex Ross, Jim Kreuger, John Paul Leon and others :(
Drawing Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema :)
Universe X Vol. 1 by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and others :(
Azumanga Daioh Omnibus by Kiyohiko Azuma* :)

Other Significant Stuff
Book of Nahum (NR)
Book of Habakkuk (NR)
Book of Zephaniah (NR)
Book of Haggai (NR)
Book of Zechariah (NR)
Book of Malachi (NR)


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