26 August 2017

elisi: (Girl with a sword by sandy_s)
Wasn't going to write anything, but came across this:

Submissions Open for “We Told You”, a Joss Whedon Zine

Bleating Heart Press is making a zine! 'We Told You' is a 50-page zine about the problematic work and activism of writer, director and producer, Joss Whedon.

When Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole wrote about the breakdown of their marriage, dozens of think pieces were published examining his most recent works and the too common trend of famous male feminists revealing themselves as manipulative and insincere. Long running fansite Whedonesque shuttered and hundreds of fans saw their affection for his work die. For many, Cole’s letter came as a shock. But not for all of us.

We Told You will look at the decades of intersectional feminist critique, and just plain disbelieving anger, that has existed alongside the narrative of Joss Whedon, perfect male feminist. Essays will include close examinations of particular works and recurring trends (waifish, emotionally vulnerable heroines; misogynistic nerds as author avatars; the racist underpinnings of Firefly), as well as his legacy as a producer and celebrity male feminist.


As an example of disturbing trends in his works, here's the always excellent My Medea, from 2009 (original post here):



Personally, then I'm disappointed, but not surprised. After all, this is the guy who took his own feminist icon and [in the comics] slipped her a magical roofie so she could become wanking material.

(Turning off comments as I don't care enough to discuss it. Follow the tags if you want more grousing. Or, even better, read yunitsa's thoughts on her vid. Or contribute something to the zine.)

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