I’ve been looking back at some of the things I’ve posted on this blog about asexuality over the last week, and I’ve realised that there’s actually a lot more there than I thought there was. Which feels pretty good, to be honest, because over the past year I’ve not exactly felt the most confident in my asexuality-writing endeavours. This is possibly a side-effect of being an Honours student, and spending every bit of my reading and writing energy on my thesis. And probably some other things as well.
But, the thesis is now done and dusted, and seeing as I’m trying to tidy up the blog a bit, I thought I’d make a masterlist of all the things I’ve written over the past four years. Eventually I want to include this on the asexuality resource page I’m working on (just for this blog, nothing fancy). In the meantime, I thought I’d post it here as a reference for anyone who might be interested … More A Masterlist of Writing on Asexuality
Yep, spoilers for all of The Legend of Korra in here, in case the title of the post hasn’t scared you off already.
It will surprise no-one that I am a huge fan of The Legend of Korra. Back in the early days of Korra, I used to ask myself which I loved more: the original Avatar: The Last Airbender series, or Korra, and I could never quite make up my mind. Into the third season and then the fourth, any doubts were decisively pushed aside – there was no longer any question about it that (for me, at least) Korra had far exceeded Avatar.
So it will also surprise no-one that I loved the ending of Book 4 of Korra (like the vast majority of the internet and the Korra fandom). Korra decides that she’s finally had enough of the love-triangles and relationship-dramas of Books a 1 and 2 and decides to head off to explore the world with Asami instead? Brilliant! But it took me all of two minutes to realise that the reasons I adored the finale were kind of different to what everyone else was squeeing about. You see, what I was most excited by was the fact that Korra and Asami didn’t kiss … More Why are Korra and Asami in a Romantic Relationship?
Not being sexist is really not as hard as people make it out to be. Not even in the gaming world. Surprising, huh? As a feminist, I’ve heard a lot about sexism and misogyny in the gaming world, especially through projects like Feminist Frequency. I’ve seen some of the horrific backlash and abuse that happens … More Not Being Sexist Isn’t That Difficult (even in gaming)
Ever since I watched Chris Lilley’s most recent TV series Ja’mie: Private School Girl, I’ve been trying to think of a way to express exactly why I found the show so distasteful. As it happens, the answer came to me yesterday when I picked up a copy of Libba Bray’s novel ‘Beauty Queens,’ which I … More Satirising Teenage Girls: ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’ and ‘Beauty Queens’
Sometimes I am genuinely surprised at the sort of casual misogyny I encounter. Last night Top Gear was on the television (not my choice of show, I was not the person wielding the remote). The presenters announce that they will now be answering the question that has plagued them throughout every show: ‘is *insert fancy … More Casual Misogyny on Top Gear
In western society, it’s generally thought that nudity is something that belongs in private, and not in public. As a kid, running around without clothes on isn’t really frowned upon – it’s considered innocent and natural. But as soon as you hit puberty or thereabouts, it suddenly becomes less ok, unless you’re in the privacy … More Naked Bodies = Sex
This post in the fourth in a series of posts on my favourite feminist characters and female role models in books and TV. Other posts in this series talk about Katara of AtLA, Martha Jones of Doctor Who and Tamora Pierce’s Keladry of Mindelan. Go check them out! Mulan is my favourite Disney movie. Bet … More Feminists in Fiction: Mulan
Welcome to the 64th edition of the Down Under Feminists’ Carnival! For the uninitiated, this carnival is a collection of blogging on feminist-y themes by Australian and New Zealand bloggers. I last hosted the carnival in July 2012, so this is my second go. You can find past carnivals here on the DUFC website. (You … More The 64th Down Under Feminists’ Carnival
Spoilers for everything up to The Name of the Doctor. Since watching the wonderful series finale ,’The Name of the Doctor,’ I’ve been thinking a lot about Clara: who she is, and what implications the episode (and indeed the whole arc of the seventh series) has for her character. In doing so, I’ve stumbled … More Disappearing Women of Doctor Who
I’ve watched The Big Bang Theory for a few years now, and while I loved the first three seasons (although not without reservations at some of the sexism and laughing-at-you-not-with-you mentality), I found that recent seasons have not been appealing to me as much. Season four – where my enjoyment of the show started to … More Taking Sheldon and Amy Seriously