The Japanese video game Rapelay (which encourages players to rape women and then force abortions upon) that Amazon.com recently pulled from its online shelves has not only hit high on the barf-o-meter and broke the WTF Scale, but has elicited reactions from a variety of sources.
Although I first read about the game on Feministing, the Curvature had a great in-depth feminist response, and girl-gamer Leigh Alexander from SexyVideoGameland had an intriguing two cents as well. (Google result/bad political-metaphor-maker Kevin McCullough not so much). Most interesting was the very much non-blogsphere event of the New York City Assault Alliance Against Sexual Violence calling a news conference yesterday morning specifically denouncing any US video distributors from carrying the game. Any New Yorkers hear about it or attend it? Anyone else want to weigh in on the various responses to the story?
I'm a little late with my Lux Interior tribute post, but better late than never. For
those of you who aren't familiar with him, Lux was the lead singer of
the Cramps- a super rad, super trashy, super gay punk band that was
active from the early 70s up until Lux's death earlier this month.
Given the current economic crisis (and the fact that Slumdog Millionaire cleaned up at last night's Oscars), it seemed high time we dedicated the Adventures in Feministory segment of the blog to a woman who was all about the Benjamins. We could all use a little financial inspiration these days, right?
So stop clipping those coupons, put off your dumpster diving until the weather gets a little warmer, and read on to learn more about Madam CJ Walker, the first African American woman to become a self-made millionaire. Let's hope that her entrepeneurial spirit and skill at crafting hair care products for black women (her specialty) will inspire some of us to follow in her feministory footsteps.
Maybe I over-post about Saturday Night Live, but I just can't
help myself. This season is one of the best ever! Plus, I'm thrilled
with the screen time that female cast members are getting. The newest
lady cast members, Michaela Watkins and Abby Elliott, are especially
crushable. They were presumably brought on at the end of last year to
fill the feminine gap left by Amy Poehler's departure, and they haven't
disappointed. Both have held their own in ensemble sketches and come up
with some hilarious recurring roles too.
Jennifer Pozner, founder of Women In Media and News (WIMN), is set to speak at Portland State University this Tuesday February 24. Pozner will present her lecture "Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV Is Bad For Women". Bitch Co-Founder and Editor Andi Zeisler will introduce Pozner and Bitch is sponsoring the lecture.
The past two weeks have been chock full of news about upcoming genre-bending film adaptations of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennet slaying zombies! Mr. Darcy doing combat with Predator! Highbrow time travel! Yes!