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Monthly Archives: November 2015

How Jessica Jones Absorbed the Anxieties of Gamergate

Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones is many things. It’s possibly the biggest surprise spotlight grab by a B- or even C-list comic book charactersince Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s one of the grimmest, darkest, boldest shows out there: a TV show that’s essentially 13 hours of PTSD related to the aftermath of sexual assault. This is even more remarkable in light of the fact that the show is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that Jessica Jones’ graphic sex scenes and shivering junkies and dour musings on futility coexist in the same world as the massive alien invasion of The Avengers or the wacky heist in Ant-Man.

And it’s a huge feminist achievement. This is a show in which rape is a core theme, but one that pretty much entirely avoids feeling exploitative or male-gazey. It’s a show with a female showrunner, Melissa Rosenberg, who’s done her homeworkabout depicting sexual assault and the associated PTSD realistically and responsibly and who knows all the standard tropes for strong female characters and deftly avoids most of them. But perhaps most interestingly, Jessica Jones is our first identifiably post-Gamergate thriller.

The villain in Jessica Jones is the utterly repulsive Kilgrave (the “Purple Man” from the comics), played by geek hero David Tennant, best known for his tenure as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who. The Doctor, as portrayed in the modern-era Who canon, is pure geek wish fulfillment. He’s unapologetically eccentric, always snappily dressed, going to great lengths to satisfy his eclectic tastes and burning curiosity. He takes delight in sticking out a like a sore thumb, never adapting to the dress code or etiquette of the strange places he finds himself in, forcing them to adapt to him instead. He’s a hit with the ladies, picking plucky young people—almost always beautiful women—to be his sidekicks, the adoring audience to his genius showman act.

Read the full article at Slate

You don’t get a cookie for doing the right thing: How “Master of None” evades the Very Special Episode trap

Everyone’s gushing about “Master of None” right now, especially my Asian-American friends. People have praised it for its authentic portrayal of immigrant families, of racial representation in media, of casual sexism and the need for a feminist response to it, and of just being a confused millennial in an information-oversaturated world. People have called it a… Continue Reading

The Making of a ‘Terrorist’: Sikh From Toronto Was Framed for the Paris Attacks By GamerGate Trolls

Meet Veerender Jubbal. I confess that, as with many other people I’ve only met through social media, I don’t know much about his personal life—how old he is exactly, whether he’s in a relationship, what he does for a living. He’s “Twitter famous” in the most arbitrary sense of the term; a random Torontonian Sikh… Continue Reading

Actually, It Is About Ethics In Journalism

Actually, it is about ethics in journalism. The phrase has been dragged through the mud through the past year by Internet people grotesquely misusing and overusing it (as they do), but in light of recent events it’s worth remembering that “ethics in journalism” is, in fact, a thing. Ethics are not laws. Laws, as opposed… Continue Reading

Bring on the outrage: Go ahead and hate on “coddled” college kids — just admit that anti-p.c. backlash is fueled by outrage, too

It always bothers me hearing about “outrage” as being in and of itself a societal ill and one that can be blamed on a certain group of people. Right now there’s a cottage industry around accusing young people, people on college campuses and/or people who use the Internet of becoming the “p.c. police,” living in… Continue Reading

The High Cost of Instagram Modeling

I found Essena O’Neill’s story to be depressing but unsurprising. I’ve written before about the high cost of having a high profile on social media and the dangerous addictiveness of having constant attention paid to you—but that attention being superficial “fan” attention that can turn hostile in the blink of an eye. I think her… Continue Reading