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Shaenon K. Garrity
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Oct 4 2018
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This looks so rad. I try not to get all excited over 1980s nostalgia properties, but dammit, this looks exactly like what was going on in my head when I wore my plastic She-Ra costume and played He-Man with my friend Josh in first grade.
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Apr 5 2017
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Puppy thinking follows no Earth logic. As far as I can make out, last year they block-nominated the Chuck Tingle story because obviously progressive science fiction is all about gay sex, so pushing bizarre gay porn would show how badly those terrible SJWs had ruined sci-fi. Or something. It didn’t make a lot of Read more

Nov 26 2016
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I loved High-Rise, but it’s very much not for everyone. It perfectly captures both the tone of a deliberately disorienting J.G. Ballard novel and the aesthetics of a late-1970s psychedelic cult movie, only with Tom Hiddleston walking around naked. If you’re the audience for that, it’s a must-see.

Nov 26 2016
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“The Invitation” is easily the best of Netflix’s huge catalog of low-budget indie horror movies, and I say that as someone who’s watched all of them. I have a problem.

Aug 21 2016
6

Most of the Puppy leaders grew up in the 1980s, when there were indeed women and POC in literary SF. Lots of fiction with “social justice” themes, too. I’m pretty sure that when they talk about the classic SF of their childhoods, they’re not thinking of books; they’re thinking of Star Wars.

Sep 19 2015
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Love and Monsters is one of my top five episodes and I don’t care who knows it. I’m incapable of resisting a story about people who band together to uncover the mysteries of the universe only to realize they’d be happier as an ELO cover band.

Aug 18 2015
6

Two of the scariest things from my childhood: the woman turning into a robot by bumping into a computer in Superman III, and the Nuclear Man’s fingernails in Superman IV. Read more

Aug 9 2015
4

The 1990s are now the good old days when young men were hat-doffing gentlemen and young ladies kept their knees together? Holy crud, I’m old. Enjoy this 1998 issue of Spin magazine exposing “The Emptiness of College Sex” at my college during my senior year: Read more

Apr 6 2015
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Novels that won the Hugo in its first decade include The Demolished Man, A Case of Conscience, A Canticle for Leibowitz, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Man in the High Castle, none of which I'd describe as a simple tale of derring-do. There can be only one explanation: the SJWs have a time machine.

Oct 15 2014
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It's weird, but telling, how the gamebros paraphrasing Sakeesian's arguments (or straight-up making fake quotes and attributing them to her, which has happened) always include a bit where she calls gamers misogynists, losers, scum, etc. Which Sarkeesian NEVER does. She never insults people who like the video games Read more

Jan 8 2014
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There are a lot of things zombies can represent, which is probably one reason they're so popular, but the "zombies as hated minorities/immigrants/poor people" metaphor seems to be especially common right now. You see a lot of fiction lately where zombies are basically the 99%, rising up to devour complacent Western Read more

Oct 16 2013
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That was "Final Escape" on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. It was also remade in the '80s for Alfred Hitchcock Presents with a female convict in the lead.

Sep 25 2013
4

A number of classical composers were black; there was a big African population in southern Europe at the time. Both Beethoven and Hayden were of Moorish descent, and, going from contemporary descriptions of their appearance, would be considered "black" by racist-ass white people today.

Feb 11 2013
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As a matter of fact, the aircraft carrier staff was extremely wary about us carrying even fake guns. We had to get permission in advance, and I got stopped several times over my obviously plastic sidearm. That said, they were incredibly nice and patient with us, especially the many veterans who volunteer there, and Read more

Jan 11 2013
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No, the equivalent to men treating women's bodies as public domain is women treating men's bodies as public domain—which does happen to guys who cosplay, and is a problem. Read more

Jan 5 2013
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You mean, if a woman was bragging about her tireless efforts to drive men out of gaming just for being men, because seeing the image of a man on a computer screen fills her with a creepy combination of sexual frustration, jealously and rage, would people think that was wrong? Read more