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Mild spoilers for The Ring (US – 2002).

In “Horror Week 2012: The Terror of Little Girls: Social Anxiety About Women in Horrifying Girlhood” (and the version on Indiewire), Leigh Kolb takes a look at how social anxieties about women lead to the horror trope of the monstrous or evil little girl, as seen in The Exorcist, The Ring, and a host of other movies.

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Via Hollaback Boston (Facebook) “Costumes [do not equal] Consent. My costume doesn’t make me your TRICK or your TREAT.”

Via Make Me a Sammich‘s Facebook page.

Boston-area readers, the Boston chapter of Hollaback, a group (and app) to document and end street harassment, is hosting a Halloween party!

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IMG_0597For those of you looking for a brief but in-depth run-through of all the lady monsters and their tropes in horror films, check out “Women That Go Bump In the Night: Lady-Monsters Of Cinema” by Stef on Autostraddle.

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IMG_0597Here’s another spooky story from Podcastle: “The Little Room” by Madeline Yale Wynne (1895). (Audio | Text). Mild spoilers follow for this story and “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

In addition to being a Bechdel-test-passing female-led story by a woman author, the other reason I wanted to share this is because it reminded me of “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

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I wrote about Frankenstein, M.D. before, and, more than halfway through the show, I am obsessed. (Spoilers for the original text and for Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, none for the show.)

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I first read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in high school for fun, and while I enjoyed it, I don’t feel like I really “got” some of the themes or really appreciated that a woman invented science fiction. Last year, the Jonny Lee Miller/Benedict Cumberbatch Frankenstein* had a showing nearby, and it rekindled my interest in Frankenstein–but I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I wanted a woman to play Dr. Frankenstein.

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I always do a little blurb on Take Back Halloween, since the site has been around as long as this blog has! The site aims to show readers how to make positive feminist costumes for Halloween.

Bessie Coleman via Taking Back Halloween

Bessie Coleman via Take Back Halloween

The site highlights notable historical and fictional women of all races from all over the world; gives instructions on how to create the outfits–usually through a combination of off-the-rack items and accessories, so even if you can’t sew, you can make the outfits; and also provides history lessons about the characters and historical figures, who fall into four major categories: Glamour Grrls, Goddesses and Legends, Notable Women, and Queens.

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IMG_0597If you like YA paranormal fiction and you’d like a feminist short story about a vampire high-schooler, check out “The House of Aunts” by Zen Cho over on Podcastle (audio) and GigaNotoSaurus (text). (My review of Podcastle is here.)

Ah Lee is an average high schooler: she studies hard, has a crush on a classmate, doesn’t like the cooking or supervision at home–and just happens to be a vampire who lives with six old aunties who are also vampires.

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I love the spooky atmosphere of Halloween, but I severely dislike the misogyny in the horror genre and the sexist and racist costumes that crop up each year around this time. Instead of a Halloween gender reader this year, I’d like to try to do a nearly-daily short (hopefully positive) post on items that other feminist Halloween-lovers can enjoy, including recommendations for horror and horror-adjacent works, writing on representation in the horror genre, and discussions of combatting sexism in Halloween.

This is a rather ambitious undertaking at the last minute, so I hope I’ll be able to keep up.

Today, I’d like to take a look at a chart from Seattle’s EMP Museum’s Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film exhibit that explains the subgenres of horror for its timeline of influential horror films:

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Halloween! Let’s celebrate my favorite holiday with a (mostly positive) gender reader!

Source: wikimedia commons.

Source: Wikipedia.

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Would you ever wish someone a “lovely Halloween”? I kept seeing this phrase pop up in Halloween goods this year along with the more standard “Happy Halloween.” I think “lovely Halloween” may go the way of “heartful” (ハートフル), which is wasei Eigo (Japanese-created “English”) used to mean heart-warming, warm-hearted, or caring.*

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