Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday Reading



by Rebecca Cohen
I want to say, as a side note, that there’s nothing wrong with fantasies of violent rebellion against violent oppression. When you experience the frustration of being dehumanized and marginalized and discriminated against, you need catharsis. It’s exhilarating. It’s fun. It’s necessary. But, OK – maybe if we want to narrowly define what makes a “feminist film,” we can say it’s not, strictly speaking, feminist.


by Scarlett Harris
A few years ago I wrote a blog post about Taylor Swift’s anti-feminist lyrics. Perhaps ill advisedly, I used an example from my friend’s love life to illustrate my point about Swift’s detrimental view of gender roles in her music without my friend’s consent.


by Keir Clarke
The Sounds of Mumbai is a sound map of India's most populous city. Using the map you can listen to sound recordings captured throughout the city, including Chaupati Beach, the Gateway of India and Nariman Point. Each of the sound recordings is also accompanied by a photograph of the location.


by Keith Rice
For a few brief weeks, all was right with the world. Stephen King's It was barreling through pre-production. The adaptation was set for not one, but two feature films. Cary Fukunaga was seated firmly in the director's chair. Sure, there were some concerns about the casting of Will Poulter as Pennywise (and we certainly weighed in with our own casting ideas), but we were willing to roll with it. And Cary Fukunaga had certainly earned our trust after the first season of True Detective. But, alas, it was not to be.


by Heina Dadabhoy
In case you missed it: Science Careers, from the journal Science, decided to publish some advice from Dr. Alice S. Huang, former president of AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement of Science, whose tagline is “Advancing Science, Serving Society”) and someone who, according to her bio, advocates for women in science. The piece, titled Help! My adviser won’t stop looking down my shirt!, was swiftly taken down but lives on in Interneternity thanks to PDF screengrabs and the Wayback Machine. 
The tl;dr of the piece? “Suck it up, Buttercup.” The rest of it is some rather disturbing and gender-essentialist apologia for the sexual harassment of women in STEM.



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