I have a three-hour commute, and in all that reading time, I’ve come across a few articles in the past couple of months about women and tentative speech. Tentative, or indirect, speech, as I’ve come to understand it, is speech that seeks to not offend or take a firm stance. For example, beginning a comment with, “I’m sorry, but…” or peppering in words like “just” or “I think,” to make it clear that you’re stating an opinion, not a statement, so it’s okay to disagree. It’s the other side of the pendulum to assertive speech. At first, I was very enthusiastic about women eliminating so-called
One of the most important, basic human needs outside of the physical is the need to be included. It doesn’t take a room full of psychologists to prove that as a child if you’re not accepted into your own family it has long lasting social, psychological, and emotional affects.
When I contemplated what a warrior woman is, the results sounded like a superhero hero story. If writers are looking for a way to write a female protagonist, some of these thoughts might be helpful.
“Words have meaning” is only eighteen characters in a tweet. “Feminist” is only eight, “misogynist” nine, “sexist” six, “chauvinist” ten but each carries volumes.
It’s been perplexing me for weeks why I disliked Disney’s latest live-action version of Cinderella so much. At first I thought it was about the unabashed damsel-in-distress storyline. Sorting through the issues with the film there were questions I felt needed to be answered. Why is this story so endearing and enduring? Looking at the story critically, am I tearing down innocence with my adult perspective? Why did I, a 52-year old woman, want to go see it in the first place? Disney’s new Cinderella is true to the old tale but, unlike the original 1950s animation or any other version for that matter, it
As a comic book fan, a Batman fan, an artist, and a reasonable person, I’m going to talk about the Batgirl #41 variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque, which has caused the Twitter #ChangeTheCover/#SaveTheCover efforts. The social media fire storm has led DC to cancel publication of the Albuquerque variant cover. Because I wasn’t reading comic books back in 1988 and I hold to the Voldemort Axioms, I went back and read the original “Batman: The Killing Joke” (B:TKJ) by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland which is the influence for the Albuquerque cover. I found it profound and probably the best interpretation of the personas of
If you ask Regina, I’m not sure she’d call me a feminist — she might, but with a few asterisks attached. 😉 Even if you ask me I’m not sure I’d call myself a feminist; I despise labels. Individuals are so complex; it’s unjust to boil down any ideal, philosophy, event, or action to a single word. And that’s just if we’re dealing with the English language. Bring in any other single language — how do you expect to clearly communicate with one word? On a weekend retreat I was learning how to translate and interpret an Aramaic phrase. The entire interpretation turned on the
After one panel at DragonCon a handful of people came up to me and secretly confessed they agreed with me about She-who-shall-not-be-named. “But if she’s not our feminist delegate, who else is there? Don’t I have to fall in line?”
This week, we take on the latest feminist news in our headline show. There are SO MANY stories about feminism right now, good and bad, and we tackle a few here. What’s your definition of feminism? Do you think it needs a new name? Links “What’s it like to be a woman in competitive gaming? A female gamer explains.” by Lilian “Milktea” Chen Emma Watson speaks at the UN The Emma Watson hoax “Joseph Gordon-Levitt made a video about Feminism.” Pivot TV: Hit Record “Brick” “The Lookout” Reading “Chasing the Dead“, Tim Weaver “In the Woods“, Tana French Watching The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
This week, Rhonda and I talk about the recent implementation by a handful of Swedish cinemas to rate movies based on the Bechdel test. We discuss whether this is a fair means of measuring the worth of a movie or if the test itself is too limiting. Would a gender rating influence your movie selection on a Saturday night? In our WRaP segment, we discuss listener feedback about using the pay-to-play model as a challenge instead of a deterrent. As always, we love your feedback and comments on the show. Keep ’em coming! Until next time, game on! Regina & Rhonda Regina McMenomy Regina is the founder and