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Syrian Lesbian Bloggers, Fake Geishas, and the Attractions of Identity Tourism by Lisa Nakamura
"MacMaster and Graber learned first-hand that appropriating lesbian identities would give them readers and afford them entry to a close-knit community that they could never hope to penetrate in real life. Even better, they could become a part of this community without having to endure the humiliations and inconvenience that real lesbians must face. Amina’s bravery as an 'out' lesbian in a repressive political regime drew readers and journalists who were eager for inspiring stories of queer women of color. And MacMaster’s cowardice and need for respect and attention made it impossible for him to stop creating these stories."

Hmm, is it safe to post an article rationalizing the faking of lesbian identity yet? LOL I know there were a few whose emotions ran high back in June, when this story first broke out. I found Nakamura's use of Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, and her own coining of "identity tourism" (where claiming to be part of the Other gains one more cultural capital) to be quite interesting.

(I saw this article while glancing at [personal profile] colorblue's recent rec of Grace Wang's On Tiger Mothers & Music Moms and thought it would be interesting to share.)
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Fan Service: On Losing Patience for Women Kissing by Becky Chambers
"Between 2000 and 2003, something odd happens. In the short span of three years, major networks shift from a wobbly 'Um…girls kissing?' to a mighty 'PHWOAR! GIRLS KISSING!'"

Hey, Bioware: Stop Crowdsourcing Your Gender Politics by Susana Polo (via [personal profile] cofax7)
"By notably crowdsourcing decisions specifically related to the appearances of your female characters, it makes it look less and less like you want to engage an excited fanbase, and more like you aren’t really invested in the outcome."
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Reading
(1) More on gendered spaces on the internet.
New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets (kudos to [personal profile] lian)
Based on a survey of 300,000+ users: "Although men and women follow a similar number of Twitter users, men have 15% more followers than women. Men also have more reciprocated relationships, in which two users follow each other. This 'follower split' suggests that women are driven less by followers than men, or have more stringent thresholds for reciprocating relationships."

Where Are the Women in Wikipedia? (kudos to [personal profile] terriko)
"...despite [Wikipedia's] openness, surveys suggest that less than 15 percent of Wikipedia's contributors are women."

(2) Two "Daily" newspapers: showcasing the technology disparity between the rich and poor
US$0.14 a day: 'The Daily' launched for iPad* (BBC) vs Alfred Sirleaf's free 'Daily Talk' chalkboard newspaper in Monrovia, Liberia (Monocle).

*=someone has already created an index of all the free web-friendly articles here so you can have a peek without the iPad or having to pay for it (why?).

Update 6/2/11:
(3) For eneri (and gonz, by way of extension), since I know the two of you are foodies at heart: Potluck, "a carnival for multicultural and intersectional discussions of food, including but not limited to food discussions intersecting with disability, gender, sexuality, fat, animal rights, and cultural and racial issues." (kudos to [personal profile] starlady)

Useful Links
FanFictionDownloader (kudos to [personal profile] beatrice_otter)
Downloads ff.net, squidge, and fanficauthors.net fics into ePub, PDF, RTF, TXT, Mobi, LIT, LRF, and other formats.

Recs: Fringe, HP, Sherlock (warning: not work-safe) )
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There's some very interesting things going on right now; I'll add these links to my 'useful links' page.

Standards for gender equity in TV shows by [livejournal.com profile] ivanolix (kudos to [personal profile] monanotlisa)
This should complement [community profile] bechdel_test nicely. Now if there was only some magical way of integrating these two concepts...

Response to "No one writes the femslash I want to read." by [livejournal.com profile] lyssie

There's some interesting chatter over at [community profile] girlgay when anon is turned on. I was expecting actual femslash but it turned out to have two-pronged results: meta, and searches for rarepairs / rare fandoms. Anonymity brought out some really frank discussions, some good and some bad. Among the meta that were discussed:

[community profile] girlgay anonymity: ON threads (19th Nov 2010)
-Do you have to be female to write good femslash? (the male gaze, men writing femslash, women who write male-gaze femslash, femslash as a "safe space", M/M writers writing F/F)
-apparently the male gaze is a problem? (the name [community profile] girlgay = men)
-Genderfuck/girl!penis doesn't get the same attitude as genderswap (hmm, does this indicate trans-phobia?) (girl!penis squick vs genderswap)
-What makes someone a femslasher?
-help with writing sex scenes (euphemisms)
-some people apparently hate Passion & Perfection with a passion
-there's no general femslash fanfic search help community but [community profile] girlgay welcomes fic search queries.
-there's no good femslash anywhere

(Personally, I'm of the opinion that good writing is good writing, no matter what gender you identify with. Bad writing is also bad writing, no matter what gender you are. lol)

Edit: I posted the [community profile] girlgay anonymous meta thread links on the comment area of latest post of [livejournal.com profile] femslash_today. *waits to see what happens next...* (update: they posted a link to the main post instead. Which is good and bad.)

Edit 2: May I remind everyone of:
no boys allowed? (femslash meta roundup) by [livejournal.com profile] projectjulie (kudos to [personal profile] thatfangirl) (similar questions, more or less, 3 years ago.)

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