Get Your Own Fridge – The Luxury Of Privilege

If you have the luxury of privilege, you have the option to ignore prejudice in media. You even have the ability to assume it isn’t there. But when someone points it out to you, please have the decency to open your mind and look at it from outside your privileged … Continue reading

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Get Your Own Fridge – Just So We’re Clear

Some clarification for those not smart enough to get it: women are not talking about the problems in geek culture to ruin your stuff. We are talking about the problems because these problem affect us. It has nothing to do with you. Imagine, if you will, loving something, say superhero … Continue reading

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Get Your Own Fridge – Some Of My Favorite Characters

A good character can enthrall you. They can inspire you. They can make you sick waiting a month for the next issue of a comic. There is a reason some characters have been around in comics for over 70 years. Unfortunately, female characters in comics are many times relegated to … Continue reading

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Get Your Own Fridge – I Love Princesses

I admit it. I have a thing for princesses. Not the “Someday My Prince Will Come” kind of princess. The kind of princess who is less Snow White and more Queen Boudica. A few of my favorites: Princess Leia A leader of the Rebellion, only survivor of her planet, and … Continue reading

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Get Your Own Fridge – Schrödinger’s Geek or The Problem with the Fake Geek Girl

According to some, there is a plague in geek culture. Batten down your hatches, clutch your copies of Justice League, and grab your lightsabers; the fake geek girls are invading! There is a feeling among some male fans that these “fake geek girls” are just there because they crave the … Continue reading

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Get Your Own Fridge – On Why Stephanie Brown Matters

It was announced a few weeks ago that Stephanie Brown was going to be the Nightwing in the Smallville comic, and fans rejoiced. Then DC, in true not wanting my money fashion, announced at San Diego Comic Con that Steph was being replaced by Barbara Gordon because Babs is “more … Continue reading

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Get Your Own Fridge – America’s (Comics) Hero

Since it is America’s birthday, I decided to dedicate this column to a fictional hero that personifies “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”, and has since Action Comics #1. Did you really think I meant Superman? Lois Lane is an icon. Introduced in 1938, Lois was career-minded before it was … Continue reading

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Get Your Own Fridge – Misogyny as Entertainment

Shrinking your target market to those who are willing to ignore or gloss over misogyny seems to be en vogue. This cover is not just “bad art”. It isn’t some high school kid showing his first try at a comic cover on DeviantArt, and a bunch of bullies going after … Continue reading

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Get Your Own Fridge – A Confession

Occasionally I wonder if I’m not enough of a feminist because of some of the media I enjoy. There are comics I read and movies I watch which are obviously “for the male gaze” that I enjoy in spite of their misogyny. Am I reinforcing the idea that it is … Continue reading

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Get Your Own Fridge – Girls on Film

The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego University’s study on women in film for 2011 is out and it showed some less than promising results. In the year’s top 100 grossing movies, only 10% had female protagonists. In ensemble casts, 31% featured “at … Continue reading

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