readings from the week — 2012-1-14

women on book covers

Jim C. Hines: “Striking a Pose (Women and Fantasy Covers)”.

A while back, we had a discussion on the blog about the cover art for my princess novels. For the most part, I really like these covers, but they’re not perfect.

Now I could talk about the way women are posed in cover art … or I could show you. I opted for the latter, in part because it helped me to understand it better. I expected posing like Danielle to feel a little weird and unnatural. I did not expect immediate, physical pain from trying (rather unsuccessfully) to do the hip thing she’s got going on.

Pictorial hilarity ensues.  But don’t forget to ask yourself:  If Jim looks so funny in these poses, why in the world are they treated as normal for women on book covers??

I was a little disturbed, however, by the number of people in comments who congratulated Jim on his bravery.  Again, why in the world is it brave for Jim to pose for and post these pictures, but it’s normal for women characters on book covers??

a chav costume party sanctioned by Leeds University Union

Rachel: “Not your costume: Leeds University and chav parties”.

But imagine what it’s like to be a working class kid, already struggling to fit in and watching Leeds University Union promote this shit as acceptable and unproblematic.   Imagine how it would make you feel about your right to be at that institution at all.

And now tell me again why you think it’s funny.

on being asexual (and how it’s awesome!)

s.e. smith: “I Am Asexual (And It’s Awesome!)”.

There’s a devaluation that happens with relationships that are intimate, but not necessarily sexual in nature, and I hear that devaluation every time I get asked if I have “someone special” in my life. The answer to that question, of course, is “YES!” I have several special people in my life. People whom I love deeply and am very intimate with, rely upon for support, support in turn, and consider very close partners. They are not romantic or sexual partners, but that doesn’t make our relationships less valid or less strong.

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