News & Things: Feminism(s)

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News

Black Female Voices: bell hooks & Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry and bell hooks sit down to discuss black feminism, then and now and going forward.

Why Video Games Succeeded Where the Movies and Music Industries Failed

What, from a business standpoint, is sets the gaming industry apart from music and movies? Piracy, service and growth, this article suggests.

Seed & Spark: It Just Got Better

Section II is a new online and streaming curation platform that focuses on lesbian content. Interesting.

Robbins Explores A Century of Female Creators with Pretty In Ink

Trina Robbins’ new project is a “definitive” history of women cartoonists. CBR spoke to her about the hows, whys, and details of the new book.

Commentary

Yay! Permission from a white cis dude not to identify as a feminist!

Recently, Joss Whedon gave a speech about feminism for Equality Now. Reaction has been mixed, to say the least. Red Light Politics tears it (and Jezebel’s stamp of approval) apart.

What Joss Whedon Gets Wrong About the Word ‘Feminist’

And the Atlantic weighs in on Whedon, with a critical look at his points about sexism and racism: “This is a speech about the word “feminist,” but there are no feminists in the speech.”

Alison Bechdel on The Bechdel Test and Swedish Cinema

Bechdel talks about her complicated relationship with the famous test that bears her name: “the Test is about something I have dedicated my career to: the representation of women who are subjects and not objects. And I’m glad mainstream culture is starting to catch up to where lesbian-feminism was 30 years ago. “

So What Does A Gal Have to Do To Get Into Comics?

More commentary about The Comics Journal controversy, and the alienation of women and minority artists from the mainstream comics industry.

The In-Between World of the Graphic Novelist

The New Yorker talks to Gene Luen Yang about his National Book Award-nominated epic, Boxers & Saints: “When I was growing up, the predominant genre in comics was superheroes, and superheroes are all about dual identities. It’s all about a character negotiating between two different worlds, a superhero world and a mundane world. And I think a lot of immigrants’ kids—not just Asian-Americans—can sympathize with that, even on an unconscious level.”

Amy Tan, Interview: “We are descended from incredibly fierce women”

Author Amy Tan discusses her latest book, The Valley of Amazement, the mysteries of her grandmother’s life, and the true stories behind her writing.

Resources

2013 Movie Releases Directed by Women

Many more than you might think! Check out the listed films, from The Act of Killing to Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride.

And finally…

From Marian Bantjes, a map of the human condition:

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