If you’ve read some of my previous literary analysis posts, you know there is always that feminist voice in the back of my mind while I read, critiquing the novel’s treatment of women. While this may dampen my enjoyment of some works, it helps me to be a more engaged and aware member of society. So how do you train yourself to start analyzing the feminist merit of a book? It comes from asking a series of questions while you read. You can also adapt these questions to check for representation of other minority groups as well, such as LGBTQ, people of color, people with disabilities, etc. Continue reading Feminist Questions to Ask Yourself While Reading
From Boston to New York to Washington, D.C., many of the Geekettes attended Women’s Marches last Saturday. And wherever we go, our love of reading goes with us! Books can be transformative, introducing readers to new ideas and perspectives. So that’s why we decided to ask the people we met at the march about feminist books that impacted their lives. Here are some of our results: Continue reading Reads of the Resistance: What Books Inspired the Women’s Marchers
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, over 2.9 million people participated in the Women’s March worldwide. 6 writers for Daily Geekette were present in four different cities on the east coast. From pussycat hats and speeches to feminist icons and nerdy protest signs, read about our different Women’s March experiences.
J.K. Rowling has long been writing strong female characters who embody the principles of gender equality, but until now she hasn’t officially referred to any of them as feminists. In Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, which was released as e-book only as part of a Pottermore Presents series on September 6, everyone’s favorite Transfiguration teacher became the first Harry Potter character to be dubbed on paper by her creator as a feminist. Continue reading J.K. Rowling Isn’t Afraid of the F-Word–McGonagall Officially Dubbed a “Feminist”
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As the only book in my Sci-fi classics post that I hadn’t actually read, Dune by Frank Herbert was at the top of my reading pile as I embarked on Sci-fi summer. While I cannot deny that the world-building is excellent and that it helped establish many tropes of its genre, I remained highly conscious of the complex and problematic depiction of women throughout my reading.
August 26th annually marks the celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. This year, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day!
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Calling all goths and steampunks: I’ve found the latest 19th-century murder mystery to appeal to your historical little hearts. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly takes place in turn-of-the-century New York City, where Jo Montfort is being groomed to be the perfect high-society lady. Yet Jo wants more to life than marrying the rich and handsome Bram Aldrich as her family expects her to. She would rather be a reporter, although she knows that is hardly a suitable occupation for a well-bred lady. But when her father dies under dubious circumstances, Jo’s penchant for exposing the truth gets personal. Full of action, romance, a little grave-digging, and strong feminist themes, These Shallow Graves is definitely a worth-while read. Continue reading Book Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 hasn’t even started filming yet, so what’s the deal? Casting.
After the first film’s Gamora Problem, the internet was quick to cry “feminist foul!” at a casting call released earlier this week. Filming does not start until February, but apparently “casting begins A.S.A.P. for early selection of specific types.” In this case, a variety of masculine biker characters, and then a smaller selection of pretty people. Continue reading Guardians of Controversy: Marvel Sequel’s Questionable Casting