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.

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?

Classic Alice

I’m pretty sure I’ve tried to make you watch Classic Alice before. If I haven’t, this is me trying to make you watch Classic Alice.

Check out the trailer for the first seven books:

They’re currently running an IndieGogo campaign* to raise money so they can film more books.

Classic Alice uses transmedia, which means that while you can follow the story by just watching the videos, it’s enhanced by also following the characters on Twitter, Tumblr, and Soundcloud. To enjoy the entire series from start to end with transmedia included, check out the Narrative.

I really enjoy this show because while it does touch on classic books, as a lot of webseries are currently doing, it has original characters. Even if you’ve read the book they’re focusing on, you still don’t know how the storyline is going to go because it’s how the characters relate to the story, not the story itself.

Here’s a few more reviews if for some reason my opinion isn’t enough for you (blasphemy!):

*I totally put my referral link in there. Means nothing unless you donate through that link. You should totally donate if you’ve got the cash and the inclination.