most people can tell by looking at a cat that it doesn’t want their attention; the only thing that makes it hard to figure out whether a woman want[s] to be talking to a man is literally not even trying to.
Reposting a Friday Hoyden post on Lizzie Bennet from 2007 to honour the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.
What modern mother hasn’t cringed at the pink and passive fairy tale princesses served up to her impressionable girl? The Disney versions of Snow White and Cinderella, Belle and Rapunzel are heroines of such vapid foolishness one wonders how they survived into the 21st century. The answer is that they are rooted in a tenacious and remarkably unaltered cultural tradition,… Read more →
A group of Australian women writers and publishers are working to set up an equivalent of the Orange prize in their country, to combat what they describe as “the systemic exclusion of women writers over several decades” from the country’s major literary awards.
tigtog asked if someone could do a Friday Hoyden piece on Ursula K. Le Guin for her 80th birthday… last year. Le Guin’s 81st birthday was yesterday on the 21st October 2010: this is going up in time for it to still be her birthday in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.
This guest post is by Sarah Parker, who blogs at Saucy Sisters. * Perth’s longest running Feminist Convention, Gynaecon, is running this weekend! * Panel Discussion on Strong Female Characters in the Whedonverse and Whoverse * Discussion on the new Norma K Hemming Award for Feminist Art/Literature * Worldcon and Gender Representation Round Table Discussion * Guerrilla programming – come… Read more →
It’s a while since we’ve done a fictional hoyden, and I’m enjoying the series Trueblood, in which Sookie is the primary character, so far (Episode 4 of Season 1, based on the Southern Vampire series of novels by Charlaine Harris). Firstly, here is an author-approved fanlisting‘s title artwork, which sums up the basics about Sookie: Aiming for a spoiler free… Read more →
Viola’s Bookshelf is a new project blog dedicated to publishing altered out of copyright, or creative commons licensed fiction, where the character’s genders have been reversed. The idea behind this is to help provide an understanding of gender construction in fiction and to an extent in everyday life. The first story is a gender reversal of “Scroogled”, by Cory Doctorow…. Read more →
[image source: Rotten Tomatoes.] Our Friday Hoyden this week is fictional, but she’s a character that many of us identify with or would like to identify with – Elizabeth Bennet. Even when she was completely wrong, Elizabeth held the courage of her convictions. She was intelligent, intense, and almost never lost for words. She quietly but confidently defied gender-based expectations…. Read more →