Tag archives for feminism

  1. Coverage of Women on SF/F Blogs (2012) →

    Authors Review By Blog, Sorted By Gender Of Bloggers

    Project thesis: when looking at a sample of bloggers reviewing SF/F, a majority of men will skew toward reviewing more men. A majority of women will skew toward a more equal gender parity, or the opposite in which they review a majority of women. There will be a handful of outliers.
  2. On Gender in SF Blogs – Brainstorming Needed

    Science Fiction has never been the darling of mainstream book review coverage. Newspapers, magazines, television, and other venues where reviews of books are published do not make a huge effort to cover the genre. There are a number of science fiction focused magazines such as Asmiov’cs, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Locus. But their circulations have been dwindling overall. Zines have been another set of venues for discussion of science fiction. I don’t have any kind of documented basis for the following, but my sense is that zines as a whole do not have the importance in science fiction coverage that they have had in the past. So where do…
  3. Scandalous Women / Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

    Cover of Scandalous Women
    Scandalous Women might be the first non-fiction blog-to-book project I’ve read. I grabbed this at a fundraising table at WisCon in May. It’s a series of short biographies of scandalous women throughout history. Elizabeth Kerri Mahon notes in her introduction that most This Day In History bits cover men predominantly. Her stated goal with the blog and book is to reclaim history, one woman at a time. All the included women caused a scandal, a commotion, they bumped up against the status quo. The obvious thing about a patriarchal society is that pretty much any woman who did anything before recent times was bound to piss people off and cause…
  4. A Room Of One’s Own / Virginia Woolf

    Cover of A Room of One's Own
    I read A Room Of One’s Own to participate in the Year of Feminist Classics discussion, but then I didn’t get around to writing up my experience in time. C’est la vie. The thing that struck me most about A Room Of One’s Own was my mis-impression of its argument. I’ve thought her premise was that women would write more and better fiction if they had the means to do so. If a woman has to do housework (and the like) rather that writing, she has to snatch bits of writing time between her other duties and between interruptions. That is obviously not conducive to writing extended works of fiction.…
  5. Herland / Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    April’s text at A Year of Feminist Classics is Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland, a feminist socialist Utopian novel from the late 1910s. While this is science fiction of a sort, the purpose of a feminist Utopia generally isn’t predictive, but rather comparative. Instead of saying this is how it would be or even this is how it could be, the idea is to create an ideal (not the ideal either) and contrast that perfection with the real world in order to highlight the latter’s deficiencies. The three main characters in Herland are rich dilettante explorers. On a mission to the Amazon, they stumble on a local legend of a land…
  6. Maul / Tricia Sullivan

    Cover of Maul
    The April book for The Feminist Science Fiction Book Club is Maul by Tricia Sullivan. I’m really looking forward to discussing this book with the group because there’s a lot of meat in it (euphemistically even). I also am really confused by a lot of it, so I’m hoping my fellow book clubbers will clear things up for me. I loved this book for all the vivid images through. For example, the very first chapter starts off with the main character Sun, a mall rat, furiously masturbating with a gun. I used to wish I had a boyfriend but now I know better. Even a hypothetical boyfriend wouldn’t understand. How…
  7. On Liberty / John Stuart Mill

    Cover of On Liberty and Other Writings
    This review appeared on my previous blog, Rat’s Reading.I read the Cambridge University Press book, which actually contains three of John Stuart Mill’s works: On Liberty, The Subjection of Women, and Chapters on Socialism. For brevity’s sake, the title of this review only lists the first. John Stuart Mill is one of the leading thinkers of the utilitarian movement in philosophy. The central tenet of that movement is that morality of actions is determined by their overall utility. Utility being the goodness of the consequences. What constituted goodness can be multiple things, but generally includes things like happiness and well-being. A well-known formulation of that is the greatest good for…