Thursday, November 24, 2011

Feminist Analysis of i love bees (Part 2)

(Written for the video version here)

Durga is a high-class spy created to gather intelligence on the Covenant, so in the hands of a civilian boy and turned on normal civilians, she’s an incredibly powerful civil rights violation.

Jersey: “I have God’s own spyware.”

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Transphobic X-Files Episode (1x13)

I never really watched The X-Files during its time. I saw a few episodes, but they totally creeped me out, and I avoided them. Now, I get creeped out by Supernatural and am too jaded to react strongly to X-Files, and I've started watching the series via Netflix streaming. The stories are entertaining enough, but there are some annoying themes. One of them is a transphobic plotline in the thirteenth (fourteenth if you count the pilot) episode "Gender Bender", in which an androgynous shapeshifting humanoid alien goes on a sexual killing spree.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Thoughts on Supernatural 7x08 "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!"

Considering all the hits I've been getting from Supernatural fans looking at my post on the Wedding Crashers male rape scene to compare it to the latest Supernatural episode "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!" (thanks to whoever started sending that link around, by the way), I thought I'd write a post sharing my feelings on the episode. This is that post. "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!" is a problematic episode involving obsessed Supernatural fan Becky giving Sam a love potion, and they become a cutesy couple until the potion wears off in the third act... and it's still too cutesy.

A lot of feminists think Supernatural is misogynistic, but I generally don't see it. The main complaint is that female characters are often killed in a way where the camera lingers over their pain and/or to hurt Sam and/or Dean in a women in refrigerators situation. Well, it's a horror story featuring gruesome deaths all around. The focus is on two male characters and everyone keeps dying around them, anyway. They even liquified Castiel (though possibly not for good). That said, there are a few things here and there that annoy me as a feminist, like practically the entire episode of "Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!".

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Dollhouse Rape Issue

A lot of feminists complain about Dollhouse being a big display of rape without anyone ever acknowledging it. I think it is acknowledged through the shorthand of "prostitution" and "human-trafficking", but I can understand people not recognizing it. I think rape does happen in the normal operation of the Dollhouse, but it's hard to say how this rape exactly occurs given the weird science-fiction element of the show. The problem is that we are just not used to conceptualizing of this kind of thing because it never happens in the real world, and we want to think about this kind of fantasy scenario in the way normal life operates where a person is both mind and body simultaneously and indistinguishably, but that's not accurate to these scenarios. I have some thoughts on how to conceptualize identity in these scenarios, breaking it down to three distinct parts.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Feminist Analysis of i love bees (Part 1)

(Written for the video version)

I hate bees, and oddly enough, that’s one thing I have in common with the main character of ilovebees. Okay, so prior to the release of Halo 2, Microsoft hired 42 Entertainment to make an alternate reality game to promote the game. An alternate reality game is a kind of role playing game/scavenger hunt where the lines between reality and fiction are blurred, and if all goes well you forget you’re dealing with an advertisement because you become so immersed in the environment. 42 has pulled off some really high-quality ARGs, and ilovebees is one of them. Thus, I would consider ilovebees to be at roughly the same level as the main articles of Halo fiction if not quite canon. ilovebees is also incredibly complex and hard to explain, but I’ll do my best.

Feminist Analysis of Halo 3

(Written for the video version)
Halo 3 is the last game in the official trilogy made by Bungie Studios. The upcoming Halo 4 was not intended by Bungie and will be made by Microsoft’s 343 Industries. Though Cortana doesn’t show up until two thirds of the way through, she has a large presence in the story. The Gravemind is communicating with the Chief psychically and Cortana hijacks this sometimes. Miranda’s back too, and so is her lack of competence. There’s also a connection with the novels, and Cortana’s creator Catherine Halsey is referenced but not featured.

Feminist Analysis of Halo 2

(written for the video version)
Halo 2 is the sequel to Halo: Combat Evolved. Unlike the previous game, Halo 2’s story shares the Covenant’s side with a second protagonist, a Covenant figurehead called the Arbiter, who over the course of the game comes to realize that the humans are good and his leaders are evil. The Covenant society appears patriarchal, and there are no female characters among the aliens, but the human side makes up for that with the addition of Captain Keyes’ daughter Miranda and finally some female Marines.