Category Archives: Feminism

On Adding Diversity to Events

Last night I spotted a tweet from Juliet McKenna linking to this article about the pressure on people to do things for free. Although the article is ostensibly about the tech industry, much of what it says applies to publishing … Continue reading

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Job Security While LGBT, Lack Thereof

Yesterday a story that I have been following for some time finally broke so I am able to talk about it. My friend and colleague (via the Translation Awards), Rob Latham, has been fired from his job as a tenured … Continue reading

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So That’s What Fury Road Was All About

Watching Max Max: Fury Road left me rather puzzled. I couldn’t work out what the scriptwriters were trying to do with the plot. It could have just been a two-hour car chase with lots of explosions, but generally Hollywood likes … Continue reading

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The Buzz Begins

I have spent much of today working on social media publicity for Bristol’s part in the 2016 National Festival of LGBT History. There’s a lot going on. The main events are on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st. However, I’m still … Continue reading

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New Year Things

I don’t see any point in making resolutions that I’m not going to keep, so for now I’m just going to try to say “no” a bit more often, especially when it involves people asking me to do work for … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima: Pagan Festivals and Stuart Milk

We were a little light on guests for today’s show, it being that time of year, so I am especially grateful to Liz Williams and Trevor Jones for coming all the way from Glastonbury to be with me today. Most … Continue reading

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On Mary Sues

I still haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie, and while the Internet (in flagrant violation of FREEZE PEACH) is preventing anyone from telling anyone about the film I have gathered that there is something of a meltdown in fanboy … Continue reading

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Film Review – Tangerine

Last night I took myself off to the Bath Film Festival to see Tangerine. The showing took place in a small arts center that looked and felt more like a folk club than a cinema. The audience looked more like … Continue reading

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Best of British?

Normally I don’t pay much attention to mainstream “Best Of” book lists. We all know the drill, right? Men, men, men, men, men, men, men, men, men. Oh, and any SF&F books included are excused as being not really SF&F … Continue reading

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Supergirl Hits Her Stride

Elsewhere (not yet published) I have described the Supergirl TV series as Cosmopolitan does superheroes. I still stand by that, because every episode seems to have at least one plot element straight out of a women’s magazine guilt column. I … Continue reading

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It’s World Fantasy Outrage Season (Again)

Today has been pretty much swallowed by the Tara Hudson case, and looks set to continue that way. I’ll update when I can. In the meantime here’s some SF&F content for you. Last weekend something called the Women’s Freedom Conference … Continue reading

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Women’s Outlook Does Literature

It was all books all the time on yesterday’s Women’s Outlook show. First up I had a great interview with Nicola Griffith, mainly about her wonderful novel, Hild. Naturally that brought us on the the position of women in Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading

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Women in Translation – The Numbers

Over at the Three Percent blog Chad W Post has some data on the gender of writers whose work gets translated. This is for all fiction, not just SF&F, and the publication dates covered are 2008-2014. The numbers are stark. … Continue reading

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Data, Lovely Data

Many of you will remember Nicola Griffith’s investigations into who gets to win literary awards, and who they have to write about to get one. The most interesting thing to come out of Nicola’s work is that not only are … Continue reading

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Bath Does Diversity

Yes, yes, I know. Diversity in Bath generally means something like whether you would allow people to have Merlot with Sunday lunch rather than the more traditional Claret. However, yesterday the Bath Children’s Literature Festival ran a “Daily Telegraph Debate” … Continue reading

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Kristine Kathryn Rusch on Coode Street

As everyone knows, no women wrote, or even read, science fiction before 2014. Indeed, historians disagree as to whether women even existed prior to the 21st century. Maverick historians like Amanda Foreman have advanced the theory that the human race … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Woman, Part 4

So there was another episode of Dr. Amanda Foreman’s wonderful documentary series This one took us up to the present day, and focused on revolutionary movements. It also took us back to Africa, which I was very pleased about. Foreman … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Woman – Part 3

The third and, it seems, final part of The Ascent of Woman was broadcast last night. This one looked at more recent times, but continued the international flavor. There were six women featured in all, some of which were very … Continue reading

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Today On Ujima – Feminism and Fringe

Yeah, I have been back on the radio again. Paulette is still in Jamaica so I was allowed to put the whole show together myself. What I wasn’t expecting was that I’d end up learning to be an engineer on … Continue reading

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The Ascent of Woman, Episode 2

The latest episode of Amanda Foreman’s Ascent of Woman series focused on Asia. It began with a celebration of the Trung Sisters, two Vietnamese women who rebelled against the conquering forces of Han China. The sisters were not just heroes … Continue reading

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