Confessions of a Newbie Audiobook Listener [BOOK RIOT]

In principle, then, audiobooks are awesome. But in practice? Well, that’s a little more complicated. I tried audiobooks for the first time a few years ago, and honestly, I didn’t feel like they were for me. I listened to a few here and there, but I just couldn’t get into them. I don’t have the best attention span (hence why I’m a book polygamist), and I felt like I kept losing the story thread while listening because I’d tune out on occasion. Plus, really, who wants to listen to a 20 hour book? I mean, clearly some people do, but I’m not one of them. So, I determined that audiobooks weren’t for me and moved on.

I Was a Mormon Feminist, But I Give Up [xoJane]

What the Church fails to grasp is that feminism is unique because every woman is unique. Not every woman is born loving children and wanting to become a wife. Personality and orientation dictate how they react to situations and how they will develop into adulthood. To force all women to bend to a certain mold and “assimilate,” as certain leaders have instructed, is unrealistic. 

Making Peace With Comics [BOOK RIOT]

But I’m starting to get mad at myself for doing it. I know comics are valid literature. I know they can be just as smart and deep and interesting as any other book that exists. And yet, when I stay up till 1 to finish a Michael Chabon book (or, honestly, even a John Green novel), I don’t feel nearly as guilty as I do when I’m reading about Peter Parker and Kraven’s Grim Hunt. For the most part, I’m a very open-minded reader. I grew up on fantasy and sci-fi novels, on epic adventures, and formulaic series. I didn’t think twice when all I did was read the A Song of Ice and Fire books for a month while I was a sophomore in college. But comics? I feel guilty every time I open the Marvel app on my phone when I could be picking up a novel.

Listening to Stuff You Missed in History Class (Cannibalism at Jamestown)

On May 1, 2013, forensic evidence confirmed what survivors had reported: Colonists at Jamestown resorted to cannibalism during the winter of 1609-1610, known as the Starving Time. But the colony of Jamestown was troubled from the start.

Are there rules for spoilers?

I’m not where I need to be, but thank god I’m not where I used to be.
Unknown  (via tywin)

On The Ethics of Vampire Slaying in Buffy the Vampire Slayer [io9]

Why don’t they just keep doing the re-ensoulment spell — on all vampires? Or at least, on all the vampires that they can?

Revealing and Concealing Identities: Cross-Dressing in Anime and Manga, Part 5 [The Lobster Dance]

In this section, we’ll be discussing a manga and anime in which trans characters dressing toward their gender identity are perceived as cross-dressing, and will be using the terms “girls’ clothes” and “boys’ clothes” a lot. Please keep in mind that we mean this in the sense of culturally gendered clothing and school uniforms in a narrative about minors who are not out and who have to deal with transphobia in their schools and homes. An article of clothing itself, as comedian Eddie Izzard comments, is not inherently gendered, though the intent for it to be worn by (certain) cisgendered bodies is present.

Revealing and Concealing Identities: Cross-Dressing in Anime and Manga, Part 4 [The Lobster Dance]

In the final part of our essay, we’re going to move on to some of the more serious issues surrounding cross-dressing, specifically those involving social consequences and identity construction. We’ll begin by focusing on men who habitually crossdress as women before focusing on queer and transgender issues in manga involving characters cross-dressing against sex instead of gender.

Revealing and Concealing Identities: Cross-Dressing in Anime and Manga, Part 3 [The Lobster Dance]

In Part 3 of this series, Kathryn and I will be examining cross-dressing in comedies and comedic tropes about cross-dressing. Can cross-dressing be treated as more than the butt of a joke? Yes!