So it’s basically 1 AM on a rainy Sunday morning and the Hugo Awards just finished.

FIVE No Award results. FIVE. In Novella, Short Story, Related Work, and both Professional Editor categories.

Only one artifact nominated by the Sad or Rabid Puppies won a Hugo, and that was a film that would have been on the shortlist and a favorite to win anyway: Guardians of the Galaxy.

Fascists tried to enter my fandom to remake it in their own image, and were repudiated.

And now I am going to bed.

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Video Games Are Utterly Failing Trans Gamers & It’s Time We Did Something About It

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More later.

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Just don’t do it

Key paragraph: “Today the title of ‘most stigmatized female vocal trait’ has passed from uptalk to the newer phenomenon of ‘vocal fry’ (in linguists’ terms, creaky voice). Similarly, ‘just’ has inherited the mantle of the tag question (as in, ‘it’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?’), a popular target for advice-writers when I surveyed their products in the 1990s. The critics’ pet peeves may change over time, but the criticism itself is a constant.”

In other words, women are targeted. Specifically. Because “vocal fry” is used to create a deeper, i.e. more masculine vocal tone. Let’s put to bed, forever, the idea that if women become more masculine, women will be more accepted. That’s BS because the real issue is sexism. Femininity is irrelevant to sexism – the relevant factor is that the person being dismissed and belittled isn’t a man.

language: a feminist guide

This week everyone’s been talking about an article in the Economist explaining how men’s use of language undermines their authority. According to the author, a senior manager at Microsoft, men have a bad habit of punctuating everything they say with sentence adverbs like ‘actually’, ‘obviously’, ‘seriously’ and ‘frankly’. This verbal tic makes them sound like pompous bullshitters, so that people switch off and stop listening to what they’re saying. If they want to be successful, this is something men need to address.

OK, people haven’t been talking about that article—mainly because I made it up. No one writes articles telling men how they’re damaging their career prospects by using the wrong words. With women, on the other hand, it’s a regular occurrence. This post was inspired by a case in point: a piece published last month in Business Insider, in which a former Google executive named Ellen Petry Leanse…

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Rape scenes are usually lazy writing and directing

I’m spending this week getting ready for CONvergence – in the mean time, this article caught my eye.

Rape scenes are lazy writing. They’re also misogynistic on the face of it – they’re using women’s pain to arouse anger in men who are the presumed audience.

Another angry woman

Content warning: this post discusses rape, sexual violence and media misogyny

Rape scenes are horribly popular in the media, and seldom necessary. With a flicker of hope, I wonder if savvy viewers are finally kicking back against this tedious trope as an opening-night audience booed a completely gratuitous rape scene crowbarred into an opera.

The defences of the scene were the same old tired shit. The director of the Royal Opera House said:

“The production includes a scene which puts the spotlight on the brutal reality of women being abused during war time, and sexual violence being a tragic fact of war,”

while one of the cast said:

“Maybe it went a little longer than it should have, but it happened and I think it’s an element you can use to show just how horrible these people were that were occupying this town,”

while the director of the production…

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Fangirl’s Guide to Party Snacks at CONvergence

Here’s the other half to the food-and-drink post. I don’t guarantee that everything listed is here this year – I’ve tried my best to include only parties that are registered for 2015, but something MAY have slipped through.

The Fangirl’s Guide to Party Snacks: Just as CONvergence has some notable alcoholic beverages at its room parties, it also has some amazing snacks.

5: Taco Bar at Misfit Labs: Misfit Labs is named for the original organizers of CONvergence, the Minnesota Society For Interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy (which is now Geek Partnership Society). It has a lot of different food options over the course of the con, but the taco bar is my favorite.

4: Smores at Fandom Scouts: Yes, these are real Smores. And yes, they are tasty and full of marshmallow and milk chocolate and other things that are very, very bad for you. And remember the Fandom Scout Oath (Cabana 206, Friday & Saturday).

3: Real Food at the Consuite: Yes, I know Consuite isn’t a party. But the food is amazing and there is always SOMETHING there that’s edible and made from real ingredients. From pizza and soup to fried chicken, and the everpresent rice and peanut-butter-and-jelly bars, Consuite is open 24 hours a day from Thursday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. It’s possible to stay in the Doubletree and eat full meals for four days straight without stepping outside (it’s not the best idea, but certainly possible). CONvergence has the best stocked and most tightly run Consuite I’ve seen of any con I’ve been to. You know you’re at CONvergence when you’re drunk at 2 AM, making a peanut butter sandwich next to Commander Riker and Rainbow Dash (Consuite).

2: Mystery Snack at the Snack Food Glory Hole: What you will get is a complete mystery. But it will be good. Probably not good for you, but it will be good (Cabana 130 entryway).

1: Toast at DysToastia: I know. You’re thinking toast isn’t much of a party snack. That means you, my friend, have never, ever been to DysToastia (more commonly known as House of Toast). Pick your bread. Pick up to three toppings, from prosaic choices like cinnamon sugar or strawberry jelly to daring options like wasabi and Sriracha hot sauce, and let the experienced toast wizards do their thing! Your con is NOT complete until you’ve been to House of Toast (Cabana 130).

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Jupiter Ascending: The Matrix Regendered

This covers a lot about Jupiter Ascending. Especially regarding the difference in its reception vs. The Matrix.

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

By this point in the media/meta cycle, oceans of virtual ink have already been spilled on the comparative flaws and virtues of Jupiter Ascending, a film that is almost universally perceived as being both nonsensical and glorious. Now that I’ve finally seen it, however – because those of us with toddling offspring tend to be reliant on iTunes for our theatrical jollies, shut up – I’m moved to weigh in on the matter. Specifically: while I’ve seen a great deal said about the absolute comic insanity of JA’s wordlbuilding – bees that recognise royalty! flying space werewolves! floating sofas! – nowhere have I seen it pointed out that actually, Jupiter Ascending is basically an equally batshit redo of The Matrix.

I mean, look. Internets. I get that The Matrix was kind of seminal for all of us here who saw it in our tweens and teens and twenties, and it’s such…

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