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You didn’t think I was going to write Feminist Halloween without talking about NBC Hannibal, did you?

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In his Buzzfeed piece “How Did A Bunch Of Mythical Monsters Become Queer Icons?” John Paul Brammer asks the question I definitely had after the “gay Babadook gets appropriated by the straights” happened this year.

Jeff Lowry for BuzzFeed News Queer Monsters

Image: a person with short hair uses their computer in a darkened room, which casts a shadow of a person alternating with Mothman on the wall. A picture of the Babadook is on the wall over the bed; a pair of bigfoot slippers sit by the bed; and several Venus flytraps sit in the corner of the room. Copyright: Jeff Lowry for BuzzFeed New (the original is a gif!)

Where I’m from, a small town in the middle of nowhere, the gay man was the bogeyman. He was constantly waiting to prey upon the hapless straights in their locker rooms, salivating at the prospect of converting them to the gay dark side with his bite. All things evil and repulsive were his domain — report cards, emotions, curfews, and books, to name a few. All these things were gay, because they were bad.

 

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Daylight GateIn seeking out as much queer horror as I can find this year and every year, I found Jeanette Winterson’s novella The Daylight Gate listed on some recommended books lists. Winterson also wrote queer classic Oranges are the the Only Fruit, which I have yet to read (and should). That seemed like a glowing recommendation itself, and the reviews of the book often describe the book as “sophisticated…visceral…utterly compulsive, thick with atmosphere and dread, but sharp intelligence, too” (The Telegraph, back cover of the book). This is a case of “I see what the author was trying to do, but–”

Some mild spoilers and mentions of sexual abuse and prison conditions ahead.

The Daylight Gate could best be described as historical fiction with magical realism and bisexuality, all of which are things I love. Yet it reads more like the bare-bones outline of a novel that one writes to get the story down before adding in dialogue, descriptions, and, well, editing.

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I wanted to include some podcasts in this list, but I stopped listening to Pseudopod about a year ago after yet another horror story with a graphic rape scene with no content warning.* Podcastle, which often has good fantasy horror during Halloween, featured Carmen Maria Machado’s “The Husband Stitch.” This short story is a loose retelling of “The Girl with the Green Ribbon,” and references the role of a lot of similar folklore and not-quite-urban legends. The story was nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award.

Some spoilers and medical/pregnancy discussion below.

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Bi Visibility Day is Sept. 23, 2017, so to kick off the festivities, I have a new “Ask a Bisexual” for you!

Ask a Bisexual is an ongoing series of posts about bi-erasure and bisexuality, the attraction to two or more genders.

In today’s piece, I’ll be discussing monosexism, cissexism, and visibility in Evan Urquhart’s piece “After Transitioning, I Want to Blend In. But My Lesbian Wife Still Wants to Be Out.” You might notice the slug in the URL is “how can queer couples be out when they look straight?”, which is exactly the point I want to address: How can they be out? Why, just ask a bisexual!

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In this Gender Reader: reporting sexual assault in Japan; anti-chikan pins; capturing LGBTQI lives in photography; Japanese actresses discuss white-washing in Ghost in the Shell, and more:

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“Matsunaga crowdsourced designs for badges intended to deter men from groping schoolgirls” [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]

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Screenshot of Viktor hugging Yuuri before a performance, saying “I love pork cutlet bowls.”

Or, why Yuri!!! on Ice hops off the relationship escalator, disrupts homonormativity, and I CLOSE MY EYES AND TELL MYSELF THAT MY DREAMS WILL COME TRUE

Mild spoilers throughout, major spoiler at end.
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