The next episode of our Popaganda feminism and pop culture podcast is all about feminism and sci-fi. We’re featuring deep thoughts on Alien, personal stories about Octavia Butler, and ideas for how social justice activists can learn organizing skills from science fiction. But we would also love to feature opinions from our listeners, so we’ve set up a voicemail box where you can call in and leave us a message for the show.
Despite all the recent harassment, many people and groups are successfully changing the image of geek culture—including these "punk senshi" cosplayers at Geek Girl Con. (photo by Sarah Mirk)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... geeks and nerds were relentlessly mocked and bullied. So they found communities through zines and the early internet and congregated in comic book stores and arcades—spaces where they could feel sheltered from the cruel taunts of jocks and buoyed by like-minded obsessives.
I've been reading a lot of feminist sci-fi recently. On my bedstand are Octavia Butler and Nalo Hopkinson and I spent last night watching the behind-the-scenes making of Alien. Since I've got dystopia on the brain, here are 16 tracks of brassy electro-tinged songs we'll be dancing to long after robots overlords conquer the earth.