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    Gretchen Smail

    Gretchen lives and works in SF as a freelancer. If not at work, is probably off eating ramen, petting dogs, or attempting yoga. Tweets too much at @ubeempress.

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  • Sansa Dislikes Daenerys on Game of Thrones & That’s Fine

    Sansa Dislikes Daenerys on Game of Thrones & That’s Fine0

    The final season of Game of Thrones is all about conflict, and the premiere episode gave fans a long awaited meeting between Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen. The two share similar backstories, both having survived the abuse, trauma, and machinations of men in order to become respected leaders in their own right. Together they’d make

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  • Alien: Covenant Decenters its Female Protagonist in Favor of a Man

    Alien: Covenant Decenters its Female Protagonist in Favor of a Man3

    Warning: This article contains spoilers for Alien: Covenant, as well as discussions of rape analogies. Is the Alien franchise a feminist one? It depends on who you ask. If, and how, and why a film is feminist has always been up for debate in film criticism circles. Feminist films are often helmed by women who

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  • Backlight: Further Weinstein Repercussions and Twitter Boycotts

    Backlight: Further Weinstein Repercussions and Twitter Boycotts2

    • October 15, 2017

    These past two weeks it’s become increasingly clear that Hollywood is run by a handful of rich, disgusting, decrepit old white men; luckily, many in Hollywood are now coming forward to criticize the culture of abuse and harassment. Here’s hoping all these painful conversations will lead to further change in the industry. We also have

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  • Wishing For More Out of the Badass Women of Sci-Fi Panel

    Wishing For More Out of the Badass Women of Sci-Fi Panel0

    Updated October 9, 10:00 PM EST. A previous version of the article misattributed the statement “I love Moana” to Cher Martinetti. On Friday afternoon at New York Comic Con, several science fiction actresses and female directors came together for Syfy Wire Fangrrls Presents: Badass Women of Sci-Fi. Moderated by Syfy Fangrrls creator and managing editor Cher

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