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Link Roundup

It’s the one year anniversary of Feminist Fiction! Sort of. I made a few tentative posts here in Nov-Dec 2011, but April 19th was the day I returned to this blog, committed to it, and tried to really make it something. Thanks so much to everyone who’s been reading over the past year, and to everyone who’s commented, shared posts, or contacted me. It’s been amazing discussing things with you, and I’m really grateful for all your support.

Anyway, the links!

On Tumblr, aiffe discusses fandom’s hate for female characters, and the potential reasoning behind it.

Just Cos talks with writer Jane Espenson about the women of Doctor Who.

And then she was pretty, the end: about heroines’ need to “become beautiful” in YA literature.

Representing LGBT romance on YA book covers.

At Feminspire: Sci-Fi Pregnancies, Fun for No-One.


Rhiannon Thomas is the author of A WICKED THING and KINGDOM OF ASHES. She lives in York, England.

One thought on “Link Roundup

  1. Thanks particularly for the first link. It was #3 that I found particularly perceptive:

    3) Women pass judgment to other women to distance themselves from those traits.
    HERE I think we’re on to something. This is the “I’m not like other girls” thing. If you can sneer at other women for their femininity, you’re by default not feminine, and therefore, I guess, good in the eyes of the patriarchy.
    Women existing in our patriarchal society, like children in an abusive household, seek to distance themselves from the ire of the authority figures. Just as a child in an abusive household may bully the sibling that the abusive parent has marked as the “bad one,” to distance themselves from those traits and ally themselves with the abuser for their own protection, some women will bully and abuse “bad” women, to show off to the patriarchy how they are allied with the men against these wrong sorts of women.

    Though I would give more weight to jealousy — or maybe protectionism of what is regarded as “MY TURF” — than the writer does.

    I’d also give a lot more weight to something she doesn’t seem to mention — the insider – outsider syndrome, which runs the gamut from
    from needing desperately to belong to absolute delight-glee even faavorite occupation at excluding others, in order to build up one’s sense of self.

    Of course not now or ever being a fanfiction or fandom person of any kind, there’s a whole lot here I must be missing.

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