Category Archives: Rants

Fleeting Frustrations 6.5: “We Can’t Have Anything, Can We?”

Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker is the focus for the cover story for Vanity Fair’s Summer 2019 issue and readers were “blessed” with dual covers – one with Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren and the other with Daisy … Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations #6: “At Least Kylo Never Lied To Rey”

So fucking what Finn initially held back from telling Rey that he was a Stormtrooper that defected in The Force Awakens –

At least he’s not an entitled, mind-rapey douche that keeps gaslighting her, who tortured her, and who keeps trying to kill her.

You know… like Kylo is. Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations #5: K-Pop Groups’ Hood Phases

In general, I’m used to Blackness being seen as a cool and fun style to adopt by people who aren’t always clear about how they feel about Black people. Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations #4: What’s the Deal With Reverse Harem Romances?

There are only about three thousand books that come up when I search for “reverse harem” so let me start out by letting y’all know that I do get that it’s a small part of the overall genre and makes … Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations #3: When White Queer Icons Like Ezra Miller Fail Us

It’s more important that we bask in Ezra Miller’s star as it begins to crest than we have the tough conversations about what it means that a queer icon getting visibility is partially responsible for a film that attempts to flat out humanize Darren Wilson, a murderer who killed Mike Brown because he was Black and read as a threat to Wilson because of it. Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations # 2: Fan Studies, Like Fandom, Isn’t the Best About Race

I am grateful to fan studies scholars for giving me a name for what I’d been doing before I ever knew that fan studies was a thing. I love fan studies as an academic discipline and I wish that it … Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations #1: Heteronormativity in Urban Fantasy Revisited

Content warnings for cis- and hetero- centric worldbuilding. Back in June 2016, I wrote a whole Urban Fantasy 101 piece on the heteronormativity present in much of the genre (and I am including contemporary paranormal romance in this wide umbrella). … Continue reading

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Where Are Y’all Getting Your Characterization From? Finn Isn’t A Coward, Or Selfish, And He Doesn’t Need A Damn Redemption Arc.

I’m not Resistance. I’m not a hero. I’m a Stormtrooper. Like all of them, I was taken from my family I’ll never know. And raised to do one thing.  In my first battle, I made a choice. I wasn’t going to kill for them. So I ran, right … Continue reading

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A Quick Quibble: Supposedly “Straightwashing” Okoye in Black Panther

In a (now deleted) tweet thread from April of this year, writer and artist Kate Leth went in on superhero media for the lack of queer representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The thread was fine and absolutely valid … Continue reading

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When White Villains Get Woobiefied: Kylo Ren Is Just A Monster In A Mask

Notes: The following post will mention childhood abuse (and who gets to have that kind of trauma respected/made up for them to give them weight and validate their actions) and spoilers from the film and novelization versions of The Last Jedi … Continue reading

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