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Getting Lucky With Everyday Sexism

Getting Lucky With Everyday Sexism

Over the last couple of days, I read the book Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed me tweeting about it, and exploring the ideas that I’m now writing this blog post about. (CW: discussion of street harassment and fairly mild descriptions of assault.) I’ve been meaning to read Everyday Sexism for a while — it’s been recommended to me, and I’ve seen it referenced, but I’m not great at non-fiction and…

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Thoughts On Ghostbusters (From A Ghostbusters Virgin)

Thoughts On Ghostbusters (From A Ghostbusters Virgin)

I never saw the original Ghostbusters film. I think it was partly that I was just a little bit too young to coincide with it as a generational phenomenon, and partly that it didn’t really cross my family’s radar. There are many, many films that people consider essential to their childhoods that I’ve never seen, most Disney movies among them. I was mostly a reader rather than a film-watcher as a kid, although I was absolutely obsessed with Star Wars…

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Puns And Feminism: Why I Love Buffy

Puns And Feminism: Why I Love Buffy

I am the same age as Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We both date back to 1996, which explains why I managed to avoid all but a handful of spoilers for the show, to the surprise of my older friends. “I was a baby when it started,” I say. “That tends to prevent you hearing important plot points.” “You were a baby?! How old are you again?” Ah. Age gaps. Gotta love them. I have other things in common with the…

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Thor Is A Woman (And Other Good News)

Thor Is A Woman (And Other Good News)

Big week for women, this one. The cabinet reshuffle brought more women into prominent roles (yeah but they’re still Tories though, aren’t they?), the CofE voted in favour of women being allowed to become bishops, and Marvel announced that Thor is going to be a woman in new comics. Guess which one I’m going to talk about. You’re right! It’s a politics blog again! Oh wait, no. *shuffles notes* So, Thor. Haven’t heard about this recasting, or think it’s a…

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Rage Against The Patriarchy

Rage Against The Patriarchy

I don’t know when it happened, but at some point in the last year I turned into one of Them. The angry feminists. The ones who see you being misogynistic on your blog in the dark depths on the internet and WILL call you out on it; the ones who contradict your assertion that the Bechdel test is worthless; the ones who sit there and fume about the patriarchy. It happened. I don’t know how. I mean, I do know:…

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