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On Sex and the Dystopia

@Kara Zor-el I'm a wildly unapologetic SatC fan (it didn't "curdle" for me the way it did for AHP and others here) but I'm super confused by this comment. Your first two sentences seem TO ME to be an assertion of the gendered politics of media consumption. When you write that romantic comedy etc are (unfairly) denigrated by critics/society, you seem to me to be placing the show within a political context (and not dissimilarly to how Nussbaum and AHP do). So that, there, is an example of why we can't talk about media without talking about politics and still be nice to women at the same time. Media is not nice to women and your comment seems to support that very strongly in other ways.

The statement that "the need to place it in a political context demeans it as entertainment" takes as an assumption that to criticize (or think critically about) a form of entertainment is to hate it or to advocate for the decreased enjoyment of that particular thing. People much smarter than me have been talking about the role of criticism for far longer than I have been alive but I don't think that is AT ALL how feminist criticism works. We can still like something and find it "fun" and want to think/talk about what enjoyment in that particular cultural artifact tells us about ourselves/society. In fact, I (and many others, I think) think most critically about things that we love the most.

And besides, if we dismiss the whole nature of criticism because we think it detracts from entertainment value, we're dismissing politics/feminism (and progress) in favor of entertainment. And I don't think that's fair to entertainment OR politics/feminism.

ETA yeah, what 18379756@twitter said, basically

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm 6

On Sex and the Dystopia

@Megan@twitter I think the problem is less that we should be excusing the SatC ladies like we do the dudes but that we should be criticizing the dudes with at least that same rigor. The race and class issues in SatC are issues and we should talk about them but, my god, let's talk about not scapegoat it.

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm 4

On I Fear I'll Be Stuck on Level 29 of Candy Crush Forever

@mileena I KNOW I had been doing so well before I saw this. Farewell, time.

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:54 pm 0

On What Goes With Your Netflix Marathon

@highfivesforall Grasshoppers.

If you insist on wine, old vine zinfandel, best sipped while making anagrams of the phrase, "My husband is an enormous jackass."

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm 3

On What Happened When I Tried to Read a Whole Book

@teaandcakeordeath But I neeeeeeed autocorrect because I'm a lousy touch screen typist. But yeah. It might be destroying my life a little bit.

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm 0

On Things to Ban Instead of Commonly Banned Books

@Beatrix Kiddo I think the male analog to paranormal romance is pretty obviously nearly all of mainstream science fiction/fantasy? And they may be "bad," but that doesn't mean we shouldn't think critically about why they get shit on more than, say, Game of Thrones.

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm 2

On Things to Ban Instead of Commonly Banned Books

@iceberg I've not read Beloved (yet?) but Sula, Sula, Sula! I hated Paradise but I love the aching, tragic, curious beauty of Sula.

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm 1

On Things to Ban Instead of Commonly Banned Books

The best part of Perks of Being a Wallflower is the part where it makes Catcher in the Rye seem good in comparison.

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm 1

On Charming Faces of Meth

Early 20th century genre fiction, the Sheen family, Victorian novels, 80s sitcoms. If any show needs a consultant on being an English major who watches too much tv, I'm sure I can fill that really unique niche slot. Also: things that can be made using a food processor.

Posted on September 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm 0

On Friday Bargain Bin: What to Eat With Your Allowance This Week

@jen325 I was thinking the same thing, until I watched the video. Apparently, a standard sized lasagne noodle will fit all the way across, no ripping required. But it seems to also eliminate that pasta overlapping thing that I love to do.

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm 0