such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (wc: diana knows everything)
I made some tallies on the characters over at [livejournal.com profile] f_march_madness the other day, looking at the gender and race of the characters chosen to represent the 64 fandoms present in the original polls.

this is how it broke down, and where it's at now )
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (trek: uhura tos)
*Because that makes a change around here, of course. *g*

So, there is this flowchart doing the rounds that purportedly sets out criteria for determining strong female characters but in reality ... doesn't really do that. (When your list of people who don't fit the bill includes Sarah Connor, and also real people like Yoko Ono, your argument is invalid.)

links!

[personal profile] heathershaped: fuck that noise

[livejournal.com profile] irony_rocks: FEMALE .GIF PARTY

[personal profile] nextian: female character yenta meme - basically, you go and list some character archetypes you like, people tell you about women who fit the bill! I'm having a lot of fun over there.

[personal profile] bossymarmalade: Dear Yoko Ono
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (hp: luna [look up | ashenicons])
J.K. Rowling in The Times: The Single Mother's Manifesto. (don't read the comments)

She is awesome.

You know how else is awesome? Britney Spears, who released images of a photoshoot, before and after airbrushing. I also like what Shakesville has to say about it in that article, and you can read the comments on this one!
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (heroes: hiro [yatta!])
Clearing out the tabs!

+ Moar chromatic casting: The West Wing, Discworld, Lord of the Rings, Friends and Chronicles of Narnia. \o/

+ Fic recs: Connected by [livejournal.com profile] 51stcenturyfox (Torchwood, CoE AU)
It took almost dying to make him realise what living really meant.

her body a bell (BtVS, Buffy/Faith, NC-17)
written for Porn Battle IX, prompt: bathtub

+ Vid recs: The Railway House by [livejournal.com profile] greensilver (Torchwood, Jack/Ianto)
This is a house of death.

I can't really talk about this vid properly on account of all the feelings, but oh god it is so sad and beautifully and amazingly edited.

+ Dreams by [livejournal.com profile] fan_eunice (Marley & Me)
A life well lived. Good dog.

Having never been a pet owner myself, I am a leetle less affected than lots of people, I'm sure, but this still leaves me totally verklempt.

---

linkspam )
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (bsg: dee & gaeta)
+ vid rec: [livejournal.com profile] obsessive24's Wicked Game (BSG), which is about Dee, omg, I remember why I loved her so much all over again. And it also made me all ragey at 4.5 all over again!

quickly on BSG and gender, with spoilers for the whole series )

+ Relatedly, this post on queer subtext hit me -right here-. Because yes. We have so, so little positive representation in both mainstream and genre TV, and it makes such a difference. All I want are characters who are like me and alive and get to be happy, and -- well, that's not been the case for a while. I am thus both cautiously optimistic and VERY NERVOUS about Skins S4. *clings to Naomi & Emily* I am also looking forward to the new BBC drama, Lip Service, which is about 20-something lesbians in Glasgow. *crosses fingers* (And AfterEllen's article on it made me laugh - oh, The L Word. I loved you, and am still fond of your early seasons, but really.

+ blog carnival: Disability Blog Carnival #63: Relationships (February 2010 edition) is being hosted by [personal profile] avendya at [community profile] disability, with submissions due by February 20th. \o/
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (m: gwen [wtf])
I have been very happy on the Internet this week! There has been a lot of amazing stuff everywhere. But then I made the mistake of going onto Facebook. I know, I know.

So, some backstory: lots of British unis, including the one I attend, have 'Overheard at...' pages, you know the drill. People overhear amusing things, write them down.

Going through the pages of comments is really quite something. I am depressed by but not surprised at the amount of misogyny, classism, racism, homophobia and general bigotry that pervades the 'humour'. I do hear those comments myself, after all. I tend to walk away rather than write them down for posterity, but there you go. I am dismayed by the amount of praising comments they've received, especially as some have proved controversial - namely, whether or not it's acceptable to describe someone as a geek. Way to go for the big problem there, guys.

But, I then went from not having the energy to be offended to being almost shocked. You think I'd know better by now, but it continues to really horrify me how readily people 'joke' about rape. Here, have some examples:

cut for triggering content and unfunny business )

links

Nov. 11th, 2009 12:23 am
such_heights: a woman, sitting, holds a standing woman's hand (stock: make a stand [mignolagraphics])
+ Julie Bindel brings the transphobic fail once again. This link comes with a blood pressure warning, for it is full of offensive vitriol. Get off my team, Bindel, you make us look awful!

+ Via the New York Times, not all groups have felt the recession equally. It's US stats, but i suspect relevant across other countries too. In any case, illuminating and rather dismal.

+ Disability and Asexuality by [personal profile] kaz on FWD/Forward, a really great new-ish feminist disability blog. Highly recommended reading.

+ Also on FWD, [personal profile] avendya posts To Whom It May Concern.

+ [livejournal.com profile] ressie_noldo writes on the monstrous other; for the asian women blog carnival.

+ Lastly and unrelatedly, who_daily and torchwood_three are looking for new newsletter editors. I'm stepping down from my position as a back-up editor due to time constraints, but I do recommend it unreservedly to anyone who likes being part of the cogs and gears of fandom - things are quiet at the moment, too, so it's a good time to step in and get to grips with things.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (merlin: gwen)
[livejournal.com profile] beccaelizabeth started this current meta trend off with statistics on Torchwood - out of the speaking characters, how many are female, how many non-white characters are there, and does it pass the Bechdel test (women talking to each other about something other than a man)? [livejournal.com profile] dsudis crunched numbers for the first season of Stargate SG-1. [livejournal.com profile] lefaym also did a post last year on Doctor Who and the Bechdel Test. (If anyone knows of other, similar sets of stats out there, I'd love to see them!)

So, I decided to run the numbers for Merlin.

A couple of notes - this is looking at speaking characters only, and though I've tried to be objective as possible it's possible I've overlooked things, misjudged things, or that there are simply two valid cases to be made. (Especially with regard to the Bechdel Test, because I really wanted 'The Moment of Truth' to pass, for instance, but I don't think it does.)

cut for table, statistics etc )
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (dw: girls ot3)
Now I've got them more sorted out, notes on the vid I posted earlier, both the vid itself and the themes behind it.

Vid Notes )

Now, onto more general thoughts that will hopefully be of interest even if you're not a vid watcher.

These Women And Their Stories )

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