Links Roundup – 3/20

Fashion is a way of expressing who you are and what you want to project to the world. It’s a way for you to showcase your personality without saying a word. So why do we take accomplished women who have dressed up to celebrate their successes and reduce them to “Who are you wearing?

As you may have noticed, I enjoy reading comics. While Poison Ivy (and indeed, most anything DC) is not one of my go-to favorite characters, I did like this piece exploring how the clothing choices made by the artists reflected her as a character and could be used as a test to determine if the story is feminist friendly. Upon reading the article, I realized that I already unconsciously do that–I’m drawn to comics with women in strong poses on the cover, not poses that can be spoofed by the Hawkeye Initiative.

I’m often hesitant to post strong opinions on the internet because I’m worried that someday I’m going to say something in front of the wrong person, and I’ll have to deal with shit like what Ashley Judd heard when she expressed an opinion about sports or when Anita Sarkeesian pointed out that gaming is not entirely friendly towards women. I’m trying to be better about it because I think it’s important for women to be able to speak up without having to worry about the consequences.

I identified strongly with the story that Katherine told earlier this week about how she was taken advantage of by her ex-mechanic. I’ve never been jerked around at the mechanic the way she has, but I’ve been afraid of finding myself in her position. Not just the part where she was charged thousands of dollars for things not even being fixed, but the terror of going to the mechanic and saying “What the hell?” Calling someone out on their bullshit like that is scary, especially when it’s for something you don’t even know that much about. I’d happily give up the space in my brain where high school wedged in Algebra II knowledge and replace it with basic car knowledge. I didn’t even know until my first car blew a rod that even if you’re putting a quart of oil in the car on a regular basis, you still need to get oil changes.

Switching to a cheerier topic, check out these great fabrics that Gertie has released through Joann Fabrics! I’ve admired her vintage-inspired patterns for quite some time and might have to pick up a few (dozen) yards of fabric so I can pretend to myself that I’ll sew something. A full skirt (with pockets!) might have to happen with the black with red and pink roses sateen.

New titles are coming to Netflix in April! We are losing a few good titles in April, unfortunately. Consider this your notice to go watch Sense and Sensibility, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Mystic Pizza.

Links Roundup – 2/18/15

Singin’ in the Rain is one of my favorite movies, at least in part due to Lina Lamont, who is one of the greatest underrated comic characters I’ve seen on film. Every once in a while, you realize something awful about a book, movie, or song that you’ve loved since you were an uncritical child: this is actually kind of shitty to women. Upon reflection, the treatment of Lina Lamont, which is played for laughs, is pretty damn shitty. Will this stop me from ever watching Singin’ in the Rain again? No. Will this make me a little sad when I do watch it again? Probably.

If you’ve ever been by my Pinterest, you may have noticed that I enjoy Mid-Century Modern decorating. I want this kitchen so much, it almost makes me overlook that whole detail of not wanting to own a house.

If you got all the way through the GeekVice podcast that I was on, you may have heard me suggest reading Pretty Deadly. If you’ve already read Pretty Deadly, good for you! If you haven’t, go read it now! The artwork is gorgeous and the story is compelling. Why am I bringing this up? Pretty Deadly is coming back in September! You’ll want to be all the way caught up before it returns, won’t you?

If you want to see all the stories I like and find worth sharing, please visit my Newsblur.

Domestic Violence, 50 Shades of Grey and BDSM

With 50 Shades of Grey coming out this weekend, I feel like now is a good time to talk about domestic violence. If you’d like to read more about 50 Shades of Grey and how it relates to domestic violence, there’s a long list of links available here. It’s interesting to see how Christian Grey measures up against a red flags checklist (Spoiler: not well at all). Or hey, how about some legally defined rape?

Rather than go see the movie, please consider donating to a domestic violence awareness program such as Futures Without Violence or a local shelter. If you’re from Kansas City, we have the Rose Brooks Center, Hope House, and New House.

If you are in an abusive relationship, please reach out for help. Everyone deserves a safe relationship.

If you’re interested in exploring BDSM on film, consider watching Secretary instead. If you prefer reading your erotica, this is a good list. Consent between partners is negotiated in BDSM and a good dom[me] will help comfort and transition the sub after the scene. Perhaps you’d like to read what a few dominatrices have to say about it?

Veronica Mars

I have plans for the weekend of 3/14. They involve me wearing my super duper Veronica Mars t-shirt and sitting my ass down in a theater and watching my most anticipated movie of 2014. That’s right, it rates even higher on the excitement scale for me than The Winter Soldier (hello, Chris Evans!) and The Fault In Our Stars.

That Thing You Do

I’ve been thinking about That Thing You Do lately, which means it’s time for a re-watch.

I fell down the Wiki rabbit hole and discovered that the person who wrote the title song was Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger. (Don’t know Fountains of Wayne? Go watch Stacy’s Mom and Hey Julie and then come back here.)

Schlesinger and Mike Viola are who you actually hear singing in the movie and you can see them sing it in the clip below.

Here’s a clip from the movie of The Wonders playing a big crowd after they’ve started to gain a following.

You guys look great in red, have I told you that?

When I was looking up the song, I discovered that there have been several covers. I know some people can’t stand covers (hi Mom!), but I love them.

Next up, let’s check out a boy band covering a fictional boy band’s song. Be sure to bask in the glory of the velvet pants worn by NSYNC.

I know that sometimes, you just need to go punk. Am I right? Sadly, there’s no footage of New Found Glory actually playing, so enjoy the cheesetastic picture that appears to be from some time around the late 90s.

Next up we have a rock band, The Knack, who I always associate with their first hit song My Sharona and the movie Reality Bites (Netflix link!). My my my MY SHARONA!

Ever heard of Shakalabbits? Me either, but they’re a Japanese rock band who decided to make a video of their cover. I have to say, this was the cover I was most unsure about, but I actually like it quite a bit.

Last, but not least (we’re going to give the title of least to New Found Glory) is Bubblegum Lemonade, a Scottish Indie Pop group who has a slightly dreamy feel.



Check out the badass Christmas present Jess and Aaron gave me! We are watching this fabulously awful movie now and have been defending ourselves with the hangers and guns. The toilet paper? You need to watch the movie to know about that.

Go to Netflix. Watch Birdemic. Try to do it with snarky people if you can manage it.