- Christchurch fantasy writer Helen Lowe's latest book "The Gathering of The Lost" has been released! She's currently doing giveaways and a blog tour. GotL is the sequel to "The Heir of Night", and is the second book to be released in Lowe's Wall of Night trilogy.
- Australian author Jennifer Mills has written a brilliant piece entitled "On Books and Gender" regarding her participation in the Australian Women Writers challenge.
It is not possible to be gender blind. It is only possible to interrogate the judgements that you make about gender, and the way that gender operates in your decision-making, and try to account for it. As a queer woman I am well aware of the subtle (questioning, pigeonholing, jokes) and not-so subtle (violent assault, discrimination) ways society has of policing gender. Gender essentialism doesn’t just punish the freaks, though. It stereotypes everybody. It might be everyday, assumed in many contexts, embedded in the language, but like racism, just because we are used to it, doesn’t mean it is right or natural.
- Recently YA author Karen Healey (ex-NZ, now living in Australia) did research into gendered criticism of authors. In "Shock: Researching hatred makes me angry" she discovered that though criticism is evenly split between the genders, the language used to criticize female is more personally vituperative.
- Please excuse me for linking to Jezebel (they're on my shit list of feminist sites) but this stuff makes me so angry: "Racist Hunger Games Fans Are So Very Angry". This ties into a bigger picture of racist assholes 'not seeing colour' or being able to see PoC as good people.
- Still on the topic of the Hunger Games (I have not yet either read the book or seen the movie, but the word of mouth is so huge I'm taking notice), here's one to make the Fat Activist and recently published "FGIASL" author absolutely FROTH AT THE MOUTH: "Hunger Games star 'too big' for role". There's a lot to be said about the sexism, racism and sizeism swirling around Hunger Games: a popular book written by a woman, with a female protagonist, major female and PoC characters, turned into a box office smash. Anything to cut women's success and story telling power down to size, yeah?