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Quickies: On being a fat bride, black female athletes, and how Orphan Black writes women

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  • My wedding was perfect, and I was fat as hell the whole time – “There’s an awkward three-way tension between wedding culture and feminism and fat acceptance – because of what “acceptance” demands of women in our culture, a lot of fat activism takes the form of fat women trying to “prove” that they can wear the trappings of male fantasy and traditional gender roles just as well as thin women.” Lindy West is once again amazing. From Courtney.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Body shaming black female athletes is not just about race – “The bigger issue here is the public pressure regarding femininity, especially among our athletes. It’s a misogynist idea that is detrimental to professional women athletes and to all the young girls who look up to these women as role models because it can stifle their drive to excellence, not only on the playing field, but in other aspects of life.” From mrmisconception.
  • What Orphan Black can teach other shows about writing women – “In this moment, Orphan Black’s creators signaled their intention to do something powerful and radical: in the midst of a media culture that gratuitously uses rape as plot points and character development for men, Orphan Black has put sexual power in the hands of women.”
  • Fight club: How fragile masculinity is limiting innovation in games – “The fact that the same criticism is levied at so-called “casual games” and “casual gamers” reveals a link between the two: games that don’t include violence as a core mechanic are perceived by the community as being fundamentally more feminine than games that do…Violence, goes the logic, is what makes a game masculine—and, by extension, being masculine is what makes a video game a video game.” From mrmisconception.
  • Featured image by Flickr user Corey Balazowich.

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