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International Women’s Day: #Feminist #Bloggers #MakeItHappen

Since last year, a group of bloggers have been hosting a series of Feminist Friday discussions, and the series has returned in 2015. I have been lucky to be part of this group and am glad to see how far this project has come. I am looking forward to seeing it continue to grow in the months and years to come.

Last month, I thought that we could turn the 2014 posts into an eBook. Everyone involved was on board and we started working on it to make it happen. Feminist Bloggers: The 2014 Collection is available for free on Smashwords (digital formats include Kindle mobi, epub and pdf), as it was our idea to make it available as such. (It is also available on Amazon for $0,99, since Amazon refused to align its price with Smashwords. All benefits made from sales will go to a feminist friendly charity, on which all authors will agree in the near future).

Feminist Bloggers is a collection of twenty feminist essays by eight authors, covering a broad range of topics from feminism as a political label, to rape culture, to various perspectives on education. This volume also includes several pieces about how marketing addresses women and how mass media represent them. Every essay was originally published as part of a blog series hoping to generate a discussion about the topic at hand.

Foreword by Gretchen Kelly, Afterword by Gene’O. Other contributors are David B. Cox II, Diana Gordon, Hannah Givens, Leah Zoller, Sabina Leybold. Cover was designed by Jennifer Miller (using a background by Rose B. Fischer).

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this book project, as well as to everyone who contributed to the discussions and helped spread the word!

Cover designed by Jennifer Miller.

Cover designed by Jennifer Miller.

Is It Time For Dress Codes To Grow Up? A Feminist Friday Discussion

Drifting Through

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School is fraught with all kinds of issues. Standardized tests to pass, social and behavioral issues to navigate. Bullying. And clothes. Don’t forget the clothes.

Apparently clothes are a big danger to our children. Specifically our boys. Well, not just clothes. But the girls who wear them. Their bodies and the clothes that they put on them are a distraction to our boys.

This is what the dress codes in many schools imply. It’s also what is frequently cited as justification for singling out girls in violation of dress codes.

Some girls are fighting back. A group of middle school girls from Evanston, Illinois protested when their school banned leggings. More than 500 people signed a petition and students showed up for class wearing leggings and yoga pants carrying signs that read “Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?” Another group of middle school girls from New Jersey…

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Mega-Awesome Super Inspiring Voltron Award

Thank you very much, Hayley Knighten, for nominating me for the Mega-Awesome Super Inspiring Voltron Award! I am always so grateful with the support from the WordPress community and from the talented and friendly bloggers I have met since I joined in summer 2013.

mega-awesomeThe Rules / Guidelines

  1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 Facts about Myself

  1. I love teddy bears and other stuffed animals.
  2. I hope to have my first fiction work, a Science Fiction novella for children (in French), published later this year.
  3. I fell in love with the X-Files because of the three parter: Gethsemane, Redux I and II.
  4. Russian is one of my favorite languages, but I can’t understand or speak it.
  5. I originally watched both The Fellowship of the Ring and Game of Thrones for the same reason: Sean Bean.
  6. It took me a long while before joining Tumblr but I’m glad I did. I love it.
  7. I have a passion for notebooks.

My Nominees

In case any of my nominees doesn’t wish to accept the award, please simply consider this a token of my appreciation for your blog.

Feminist Friday: In Case People Still Wondered Why Feminism And #YesAllWomen Are Needed

For the past months, I have participated in several Feminist Friday discussions about a wide range of topics, with a few other bloggers. Last week, the focus was on the Feminist label itself. As I commented, I think that the label is still needed and I have called myself a feminist for many years, no matter how many times I have to explain again and clarify that I am not a man hater or assorted negative clichés. (I am not saying that some people calling themselves feminists haven’t gone to such extremes, but that is a problem with many labels. Negative branches of a label can easily taint the whole tree, but it doesn’t mean the other branches have to change using said label).

Earlier this week, I came across a Tumblr post (which I reblogged) that featured pictures and shared a link to the following article: Disturbing Google Searches For Feminism, Re-Imagined by Inspiring Feminists by Elizabeth Plank. While the article goes back to late 2013, I didn’t come across it before.

Rape culture and violence against women is no news to me, but when I read the article and saw all the pictures, I was just shocked to see it all again. I think that the idea behind this was great and showed that there is still great need to bring awareness about these rampant issues and to continue fighting for equality until equality isn’t just a word or a dream but a reality. Sure, much progress has been made, but we are far from equality even now.

Source: mic.com

Source: mic.com

I am only sharing two of the examples posted on the article page, but they give you enough of an idea of the point both of the article and this post. Teaching girls to protect themselves isn’t going to solve the problem. As long as men will continue to spread the women hate, and that some of said hate will be considered trivial and nothing to be worried about (after all it starts with insiduous things such as little girls being told that if a boy hits them it means the boy likes them and it is one tiny example among tons of others).

This article, just as the #YesAllWomen hashtag shows how the Internet now plays a crucial part in seeking equality and is another battle ground like anything not online related is. Everything is related, in the good and the ugly.

Source: mic.com

Source: mic.com

I am grateful that people from all and any gender support equality and I hope that this continues to spread so that mentalities and thus societies can evolve in the right direction. This is also why I thought that the article that prompted this post featured a diverse group of feminists, because equality isn’t about a country or even a continent. This is a goal that must be attained on a global scale and it is important that we understand this and don’t choose an elitist approach, because every drop in the ocean matters. If people are willing to make a positive change, they are all welcome to, and they shouldn’t be discouraged.

I know that the road to equality is still long, but I’m not planning to stop marching on.

Blogging, Vidding Paper, Graphic Work And Links: #YesAllWomen, Feminism, Science Fiction, Writing

Starting the week with blog posts written and scheduled until Friday was a wonderful feeling. You can expect more children media related reviews in the upcoming days, especially since I now have enough posts for until Saturday. I saw links pile up so I realized that making a round up would be clever before the list becomes one page long!

My vidding paper is still going well and more progress was made today. I am looking forward to finish it within the next few days, so I can send it off to the editors once it is proofread. The way the specific topic of this paper has come to life and evolved since last November is very interesting to me. I hope that the finished article will be accepted for actual publication by the editors!

I am also excited to announce that my friend N.J. McKay has published her first short story, Gem-Oh Line! Below is the blurb:

Nyria’s life couldn’t get much worse. Not only was she now the laughing stock of the Afgadu Military, she now was sent as a form of punishment to the other end of the galaxy for some smuggler who most likely would have already fled before she arrived. 

Frustrated and upset, Nyria hops onto the only trans galactic transport line only to find it disturbingly empty. With nothing left for her in Afgadu space, and her career on the line she put her worries behind her and entered the line, only to have her worries proven wright half way through. With a ship full of pirates on her tail, Nyria finally has an outlet for pent up anger and she’s not afraid to show it. 

They picked the wrong girl to try and rob.

I look forward to her next published stories and am very happy that I could create the book cover for this story! It was a great experience, and I hope this isn’t the last one!

Image courtesy of graur codrin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of graur codrin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Links: #YesAllWomen, Feminism, Science Fiction, Writing

Book Review: Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Into the Void, Links: Feminism, Star Wars, Asian-American, Television

Because of my Angel marathon, my regular TV watching has fell to the side for the time being. I am hoping to do some catch up this weekend though. I do have quite a few shows that are going to end soon, though I hope that most, if not all of them, will be renewed! I have also spent some time reading over the past few days and have picked Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Into The Void by Tim Lebbon again. I had started it in February but had paused, because of doing too many other things.

Source: Wookieepedia.

Source: Wookieepedia.

I devoured the rest of the book once I picked it up again. I enjoy reading about the older times of galactic history. I know that there was a comic series made after this book and I liked checking a preview in the novel, but I’m not planning to read it. I admit that I am not such a comic book fan. Besides my beloved Yoko Tsuno series, I mostly stick to a few older Star Wars comic books, though I still want to read the ones about Firefly, Buffy, Angel and The X-Files.

I liked the way Dawn of the Jedi – Into the Void was written and structured. I normally don’t like having changes of tense, but it worked well for the memories and the present. It was different and I found it engaging. I also liked the different quotes opening each chapter.

I liked the main character. Lanoree was a very interesting one and seeing her journey(s) and how she has evolved and the trials she faces made the book a great read. I also loved seeing early days of the Jedi, even before they were actually called that in precise spelling. The fact that they didn’t wield lightsabers yet, and that they threaded on a much thinner line between light and dark and all the philosophical implications, made the book quite fascinating to me. It reminded me of Vaapad and how only few Jedi Masters used it later on. This philosophical aspect was very engaging.

Links: Feminism, Star Wars, Asian-American, Television

Writing Update, Book Review: The Power of Now, Links: Writing, Feminism, Disability and Media

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Image courtesy of  Adamr / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Things have been going well on the writing front. The director of the collection in which my upcoming book, Women in Science Fiction Television, will be published got back to me, saying that all files I sent worked. It is always a relief because emails, zips and assorted computer things can always be fickle! I am now waiting to hear back from him about any edit that needs to be done. I am so happy that this project is progressing so well.

I also got a returned chapter from another editor for another upcoming publication I have, in an edited volume. I worked through the changes today and could send it back in a timely fashion. I hope that it will have clarified everything.

This upcoming week, I’ll tackle my next paper (Lost Girl/Once Upon A Time), after having brainstormed it further these last few days. I have also researched University Presses in a more thorough way, since I hope to get my next book proposal (Scully centric) on the way and completed before the end of the month, or by mid-May at latest.

I also finished one of the two books I started back in February: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I took my time reading it, and I will probably go back to it later on. I can understand why so many people found this book inspiring. The text flew easily. I also like how he was so universal in his spiritual approach, and that he drew examples from different religions and philosophies. Considering myself a Christian with also interest in Buddhism, the fact that Tolle brought up so many diverse examples to show how everything came from the same place or higher power was very compelling. Being an overthinker myself, reading more about how to stop letting the mind run rampant was one of the reasons I enjoyed the book. I am glad I have been dabbing into such readings in the past months as new perspectives are important.

Links: Writing, Feminism, Disability and Media