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Make Room for Brie Larson: Potential Captain Marvel Actress

Brie Larson, Oscar-winning actress from Room, was announced by Variety as Marvel’s top choice to play Captain Marvel. Apparently nothing is finalized yet, but Marvel wants Larson and Larson seems up for doing the role. Continue reading Make Room for Brie Larson: Potential Captain Marvel Actress

What to Watch This Weekend: “GTFO”

You’ve heard about #Gamergate, you’ve heard about harrassment in online games, you’ve heard about Anita Sarkeesian — probably from conflicting stories or multiple sources covering different time periods and perspectives. Well, what if you could see it all in one convenient location?

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The Big Problem behind #BigHero4

bighero6The Big Hero 6 franchise made news recently for leaving the female members of the team, Gogo and Honey Lemon, off the themed fabric made by Springs Creative. (EDIT: The original story appeared on the blog of Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies.)

A number of fans, both female and male, were enraged by this insensible omission. As one fan points, out, girls make up one third of the Big Hero 6 team! Not to mention, the name of the move counts all six members, you can’t just ignore two of them, as the hashtag #bighero4 points out. Continue reading The Big Problem behind #BigHero4

Not All Those Who Wander Are Men: How the Quest Narrative Fails Women

Just drop it in, Frodo! Geez!
Just drop it in, Frodo! Geez!

I first read The Lord of the Rings in elementary school, which may seem impressive until you realize that all I really took away from it was that eyes are bad and getting to live underground was way cooler than my parents were making it out to be. Each reread brought me a new understanding of what the books were about – themes of loss, homecoming, moral right – until eventually I was able to see it simplistically again, though this time through a lens of much greater depth: a hobbit takes a ring to a mountain and returns home. Those of you familiar with myths and fairy tales may recognize this quest narrative as one that permeates through most heroic fantasy novels. It’s a narrative that I grew up on, reading not only LOTR, but Dragonlance and Wheel of Time and other similar stories. As I grew older, I began to look for the female quester and struggled to find her. Why weren’t there women going on journeys? My solution to solving the problem of fantasy’s gender imbalance was to turn Frodo Baggins into Rosie Cotton – but it’s not that simple. Here’s why:

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Dungeons, Dragons, and Accurate Representations

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the video game industry has been struggling lately to be inclusive. From death threats toward women to questions of sexism, things have seemed a little bleak. Luckily, the table top RPGs are stepping up their game (no pun intended) to make up for it. We can all agree to pretend that Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition never existed, but the new 5th Edition is taking huge strides in a whole new direction.

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