Review: Hunger Games

Big thanks to the lovely Maura who’s off in London Inverness (hopefully winning an Eagle for Jennifer Wilde next month) who not only persuaded me to head out to see the film, but introduced me to the swank G Hotel, a remnant of the Celtic Tiger where some fabulous drinks in classy surroundings  were to…

BitchBuzz: Women’s Dangerous Desires

Just a tad bit too late to make it into the column, two news stories today: HarperCollins has a new erotica imprint, Mischief, and the Wall Street Journal has another gasping-for-the-shock-of-it story about what women read on their Kindles (oooh, scandal!). All this frothing shows the ultimate futility of the attempts to stuff women back…

Rationalizing

I am back to columnizing while I panic about the big move. Reminding myself: break it down, do it little by little, stop looking at the enormity of it all! Applies to both subjects, I suppose. Sigh. Atheists, Rationalists & Rape By K. A. Laity The “rational answer” depends entirely upon your starting point. While…

Ms. Russ & Horror

Lesson: this is what happens when you complain about something to generally nice people — you get asked to share your opinion, too. I commented on Ms. Magazine‘s initial post on Joanna Russ’ passing by expressing my disappointment that the piece was so cursory and written by someone who said she didn’t really read the…

Frankenstein v Frankenstein

Check Todd’s blog for other featured items in Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V or add your own. It was impossible to resist the urge to see both versions of the National Theatre’s Frankenstein. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller rotated the central roles which was fascinating in itself, never mind the rest of the new script by…

RIP: Joanna Russ

I can’t add too much to the fine encomium that Todd wrote; I’ll just say that bringing The Female Man to a bunch of students at UHD, while definitely a challenge, offered a real eye-opening (and mind-expanding) experience to them as well. I’ve been talking about Russ a lot lately with folks in the romance…

BitchBuzz: Women’s History Month WTFs

It’s the middle of Women’s History Month and we’re facing some of the most aggressive attacks on women ever in this country, while people are overwhelmed by the terrible tragedies in Japan and the desperate battles for autonomy in the Gulf as people fight against dictators who have traditionally been propped up with help from…

BitchBuzz: Tubes

I had tried to call my latest column for BitchBuzz “Strong Men Also Cry” because it’s always good to make a Lebowski reference, but from the start, it was really all about the tubes: What is it with men and tubes? Particularly when they’re men who hold powerful offices and feel the need to wield…

Had it with you, Simpsons

All right, it’s been bugging me for at least this whole season and maybe a little longer: the misogynous thread that’s crept into The Simpsons. Yeah, the show that once trumpeted stories like Lisa Lionheart and Marge going round the bend because of the stress of her family’s unreasonable demands, has not had a show…