imagesWelcome, dear readers, to the 2015 edition of Feminist Halloween, 31 days of spooky media for those who love horror but hate the problematic elements in the genre. These recommendations come with content notes about the films, stories, books, and other media so you can make an informed decision about how you want to be scared!

I’m kicking off this year with Jennifer Kent’s horror film The Babadook, which was the scariest movie I saw in 2014, but not for the reasons  you might think.

“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.”

Spoiler Free Version

Widowed mother Amelia (Essie Davis), an underpaid careworker, experiences increasing behavioral problems with her precocious but “out of control” six-year-old son Samuel. One night, they read a pop-up book he finds on his bookshelf called Mister Babadook,which describes a monster of sorts who cannot be gotten rid of. Samuel is convinced the Babadook is trying to kill his mother, and he might be right.

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Sept. 23 is Bi Visibility Day and Sept. 20-26 is Bi Awareness Week

you're not alone

Speaking of bisexuals, these two. #mutantandproud [Image from X-Men First Class of Charles Xavier rescuing Erik Lensherr from the water. Erik: I thought I was alone. Charles: You’re not alone.]

It’s time to stop forgetting the BTQIA+ portion of LGBTQIA+. Here are some links for your reading pleasure, which may also be used to throw in the face of rude monosexists (:spins Rolodex:).

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Ready for Fall

Here’s a quick photo from last year’s Japanese garden shoot.

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Make sure you always know what we’re reading, citizen, with the new Non-Binary Book Club master schedule.



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…in which our heroine rides into the desert and we learn about the need for intersectional feminism.

Featured image from here.

In addition to spoilers for Book 1, 2, and 3, we’ll be discussing issues related to racism (including white feminism and the idea of white saviors) and with partner misogyny.

tumblr_inline_ni1cuzzZMY1t8rophWhat’s the Non-Binary Book Club?

Long version here.

Our focus is on books (and media) about characters with non-binary sexualities, gender identities, or gender expressions. That is, characters who are bi/pansexual/queer-identified, or whose gender expression or identity is not strongly fixed to the gender binary (may include agender, transgender, gender-nonconforming, gendervariant, genderfluid, intersex [as identity], non-binary, genderqueer, et al.). We tend to read speculative fiction novels (as opposed to non-fiction, including autobiographies), but other genre fiction, graphic novels, comics, and short stories may be on our list.

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death—either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire challenges lie ahead. As her mysterious fate would have it, Alanna soon becomes the tribe’s first female shaman—despite the desert dwellers’ grave fear of the foreign woman warrior. [Editor’s note: even the back of the book is racist oh boy] Alanna must fight to change the ancient tribal customs of the desert tribes—for their sake and for the sake of all Tortall. [Ed. NOOOOOPE let Kara and Kourrem do it stop it Alanna]

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…and decides George and Jonathan need to cut the crap.


GIF: Jessica Huang in Fresh Off the Boat yelling “RESPECT GIRLS” at her son Eddie while pushing a giant stuffed bunny in his face to illustrate her point. Source. (includes gif set)

Seriously, they’re the worst.

In addition to spoilers for Book 1 and Book 2, we’ll be discussing issues related to dubcon (dubious consent), misogyny, and mansplaining, both in terms of the plot (characters doing and saying awful things) and the narrative (the author’s decisions about how said characters’ actions are contextualized or treated in the narrative by the author).

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In this Gender Reader, the wage gap: international edition, masculinities in Chinese and Korean dramas, Ariana Miyamoto, and research on attitudes toward coming out in Japan.

[Image: Isetan ad featuring Italian Japanese model Saira Kunikida with text “This is Japan.”] Via Grits and Sushi.

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