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Spreading the Link Love: 6/4/2010

Sorry ya’ll – no Bechdel test entry today.

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COMIC CON DOCUMENTARY: AN UPDATE

We spent last night filming our audition tape for the San Diego Comic Con Documentary. It’s not quite up to snuff, but in the interim you can watch some of the extended scenes which didn’t make the cut.

Sorry if some it is boring and rambly…this is unedited material we decided to throw in there as a bonus. BONUS!

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SHE HAS NO HEAD! AND JEZEBEL

Remember that post I did about She Has No Head! yesterday? Kelly Thompson’s interview with Hope Larson was featured in Jezebel, along with a write-up about the comic book Frenemy of the State co-written by Rashida Jones and published by Oni Press. It’s sort of a Paris-Hilton-meets-James-Bond satire piece. Or something.

Whatever the case may be – lots of great commentary happening by the Jezebel readers regarding many of the issues addressed in the Hope Larson survey and interview.

It’s a shame that while the debate still rages on the article – it seems like no matter what women are saying is their experience a few of the guys are doing everything they can to deny women their opinions. “It’s not as bad as you’re making it out to be” seems to be the general consensus of a few stubbornly clueless fellas in the discussion.

No one’s saying it’s an atrocious crime against humanity – we’re just saying it’s offensive and we’re not buying it (literally). I don’t see what’s so hard to understand about that. We’re also saying what we would like to see change about it.

If you’re up for some deep-soul-searching and epic frustration – I still suggest checking it out. Ben Cohen, Dean and Rene continue to give me hope that some men can resist making sexism a personal attack and see the validity of a woman’s experience. Kudos to these dudes!

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TOO MANY DICKS

Who else finds this video hilarious? Knowing that it comes from a Flight of the Conchords sketch makes me actually want to watch the show. The original video is pretty laughtastical as well.

As a woman who finds myself cycling through some great RPG games at least once or twice a year (as well as first person shooters like Left 4 Dead) – this really hits home. Who says feminists don’t have a sense of humor?

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AVENGERS MOVIE UPDATE

That’s it – I’m sure most of you already know that Jeremy Renner is in “serious” talks to play Hawkeye in the Avengers flick? Well, now you know. Two thumbs + this news = way up.

I’m really liking how this film is pulling together. If they could just throw one more chick in there – someone to play Spider-Woman (perhaps *gasp* even a female of color?) this movie would bump up several notches in my excite-o-meter. What about Rashida Jones in the role? She likes comic books.

At least Scarlet’s still on the roster. Big ups to tokenism! 😉

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If all goes according to plan, I should be able to delve into the stack of TV shows and books I’ve been neglecting this week for all these various and asundry activities. And then, one day – a Bechdel post!!

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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

2 responses to “Spreading the Link Love: 6/4/2010”

  1. Addie says :

    I’d recommend reading “Derailing for Dummies” (the original site is down but there are several mirrors of it still up) as a good accompaniment to any heated comments-section about gender, or race, or any other -ism that might pop up. I think we can all relate to that queasy unpleasant feeling when a dude steps in and tries to enlighten the discussion with some contrarian argument that he thinks he is the first to come up with, but being able to quickly categorize that argument as a classic derailing tactic (and 9 times out of 10 – it is that easily categorizable) makes it far easier to dismiss the argument in its entirety and get back to the conversation.

    I’ve found that communities that are aware of these derailing tactics and will not accept them as legitimate contributions to the conversation end up having much more productive conversations overall. But we’re still socialized to give all viewpoints a fair shake, and people who haven’t examined their privilege (and aren’t giving *our* viewpoints a fair shake) all too often step in and think they’re enlightening the conversation with their privileged viewpoint. When your community can identify that behavior, categorize and label it, and then dismiss it, it brings the power in the conversation back to where it really deserves to be.

    Just figured I’d point you that direction as you immerse yourself in this discussions – I have found the knowledge personally empowering, and you’ll find that more pointedly feminist sites (since Jezebel is very wishy-washy about its feminist stance) will have more productive comments sections as well because they are willing to draw the line on derailing.

    I actually called out a derailing tactic for the first time in an email group I’m in this week, and it was really scary but also empowering. We criticize journalists (CNN anyone?) for ruining journalism by doing the “there’s two views to every issue” when one side is clearly invalid; why shouldn’t we do it in our own lives? Which isn’t to say there isn’t room for nuance with engaging privileged groups in the conversation; you just let the nuance in when the privileged person first implies that they are more interested in listening and sharing than debating.

    Glad you discovered that Too Many Dicks video too – I saw it on Geek Feminism a few months ago. Flight of the Conchords is worth your time, if you ever want to borrow my DVDs.

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