“I create dystopia in literary forms. I leave it to the government to create the real ones.” SAID MARGARET ATWOOD, AT A RECENT LECTURE AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE.
Yet my thirst for smash-the-patriarchy feminist literature persisted. I’ve talked about prioritizing women creators of novels and movies— but you know where else female voices are still pretty consistently drowned out? Comics. And that’s where Bitch Planet comes in.
RBG. She’s a real-life figure, but now with her own documentary, biopic, workout book, fan-bio, and iconography, in addition to her legal scholarship, she’s a bona-fide phenomenon. What makes her stand out?
Meg Murry is an early (1962!) female sci-fi heroine of children’s literature: Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is a true classic. I remember reading this book as a kid and really loving it, but I didn’t remember it as science fiction. Yet it clearly is. To me, that suggests how much it succeeds. And this... Continue Reading →
Katinss Everdeen: Undeniably a badass. I am mostly interested in the first Hunger Games book— I found they got less interesting as the series continued. I thought the movies were fine (great cast!) but didn’t have anything of value to add to the books. Female author, check! But the movies? Written and directed by dudes. One... Continue Reading →
Jessica Jones: she has the surface-level badass bonafides: leather jacket, attitude, drinking problem, super strength (!?). But Jessica’s rightousness is buried a little deeper—and her exploits throughout the series poke relentlessly at the question of what it means to be a hero. So what was I doing watching Jessica Jones in the first place? I’m... Continue Reading →