Tag Archives: feminism

Male-Female Partnerships

I’ve noticed a common dynamic in male-female partnerships in media, mostly television, which is a little bit troubling. It wouldn’t be troubling on its own, but the sheer ubiquity of it, as well as the scarcity of its opposite, is … Continue reading

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You’ve Got Politics in My Story!

For those of us who wish to write fun commercial stories, there may come a time when we ask: should politics be a part of our stories? To some extent, they always are. Your story may be advocating for or … Continue reading

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Is Passing the Bechdel Test Enough?

The Bechdel test is a simple series of questions designed to test a film for its basic level of female participation—1. Are there two named/speaking women? 2. Do they talk to each other? 3. About something other than men/a man? … Continue reading

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Why I Hate the Idea of the Friendzone

Here’s why I hate the whole “men are only friends with women to have sex with them” idea—even if it’s true, which it shouldn’t be: Because it reduces a woman’s value as a person to sex. You can’t possibly want … Continue reading

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A Thousand Tiny Slights

I understand the desire to just ignore politics and social issues. For most of my life, I was completely ignorant of just how deep issues like racism and sexism ran in our society—part of the privilege of belonging to the … Continue reading

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The Friendzone and The Hunchback of Notre Dame

[I posted this on Tumblr, where it was promptly ignored, so I figured I’d put it here to be ignored as well. Just some random thoughts I had…] So, on a whim, I watched the Disney movie The Hunchback of … Continue reading

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Sexism in Romance

I’ve written a few times about my relationship with romance and stories like Twilight… it’s complicated. But I saw this Tumblr thread the other day about John Green’s defense of Twilight and others who took issue with that defense, and it … Continue reading

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