Art & Media

AI: Thanks a lot, Woody Allen

AI: Thanks a lot, Woody Allen

It will surprise precisely no one that I caught an opening night show of Captain America 2: The Winter Solder (which I loved a whole hell of a lot), but one thing in particular has stuck with me these past couple days: the relationship between Steve and Natasha. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that their friendship is pretty central to the film, but it’s explicitly a platonic... »

AI: The Stories We Tell

AI: The Stories We Tell

When I get into conversations with friends about books, we often fall into discussion of not just our favorites, but those that have influenced our thinking the most.  I can trace certain things about myself directly to novels (and legends, and sometimes movies) because of how strongly some elements affected me, and that is at once both fascinating and a bit frightening. Janny Wurts’s Wars of Ligh... »

Keeping Up With Awesome: H. B. Kurtzwilde

Keeping Up With Awesome: H. B. Kurtzwilde

Congratulations are in order for longtime Queereka reader H.B. Kurtzwilde, whose novel Chocolatiers of the High Winds has been nominated for a 2013 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category. We like it when good things happen to our readers! And since Kurtzwilde’s main character is both a dude who likes dudes and an atheist, we thought it would be fun to chat ... »

Slaughtering the Sacred Cows

Slaughtering the Sacred Cows

I saw the movie Aeon Flux when it came to theatres, approximately forever ago.  Over the years I remembered liking it (because what’s not to like about Charlize Theron being a badass?), but that was pretty much it.  I watched it again recently with my Queer Feminist Media Critique goggles on and was unexpectedly delighted by it – there are problems, because everything has problems (oh please oh pl... »

Sunday School: So I Watched a Movie Last Week

Sunday School: So I Watched a Movie Last Week

Alternately, Sunday School: Queerview Mirror Edition. Weekend is a 2011 film by British writer-director Andrew Haigh. »

Leave Us Out Of It!

Leave Us Out Of It!

Apparently a senior VP (a gay man named Dan Mathews) at PETA sent a letter to Lady Gaga’s representative subtly threatening the pop star for donning a dead wolf on a movie poster. What is this I don’t even…. »

AI: Problematic Media

AI: Problematic Media

Educating yourself about things like privilege and the kyriarchy is always a good idea, but it does have one slight drawback: learning how every form of media you once enjoyed freely has something wrong with it. From films that don’t even manage to involve two named female characters (or PoC characters) that talk to each other about something other than a man (or white person); to casual transphob... »

Women in World of Warcraft: The Bigger Picture

Women in World of Warcraft: The Bigger Picture

Cross-posted on Skepchick. Skepchick reader Sean sent in this link to a post on a World of Warcraft fansite that discusses the lack of strong, independent female characters in World of Warcraft’s lore. The author of the article refers to “barnacle characters,” which are characters that depend upon the storyline of other characters for their existence. While I like this idea, I think that women as ... »

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