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Books Aren’t Dead- The Optical Effects of Lightning

Books Aren’t Dead (BAD) is a regular, monthly podcast series of interviews between feminist scholars and feminist authors of recent books. It is edited by Hye-Jin Lee, and will be available on iTunes as a regular subscription podcast in the near future.  In this issue of BAD, Joan Haran interviews Sarah Kember about her latest book The Optical Effects of Lightning.…

Laundry Day: Online Aggression

  In August 2010, Penny Arcade posted a comic strip about that featured a character who jokingly referred to having been raped by dickwolves.” For many feminists, tired of hearing endless references to having been raped, raping, and so forth in online games, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back – see the Geek Feminism wiki about the…

Trolling and/or/as/alongside Harassment: what I learned from writing (poorly) about Dickwolves

Whitney Philips (University of Oregon, PhD Candidate in English) About a year ago, I wrote an essay about Dickwolves. Well, tried to write an essay about Dickwolves—about halfway into the project, I realized I was out of my league, or at least was working outside my jurisdiction. Because as trollish as some of the engagement might have been, a large percentage of the…

What can advice animals teach us about feminism?

Kelly Bergrstrom (York University, Faculty of Education) “Advice Animals” are memes created by overlaying text on a photo. They often take the form of a cutout of an animal or person set on a bright and/or multicoloured background, although sometimes text is placed over an unedited photo.  No longer requiring access to Photoshop or other image manipulation software, these memes…

5 things academics might learn from how the rowdy social justice blogosphere handles fucknecks

Amanda Phillips (University of California- Santa Barbara, PhD Student in English) My latest diss chapter took me down the rabbit hole of discourse communities surrounding video games. One section, which chronicles the Dickwolves controversy and feminist bloggers’ reactions to the resulting harassment, made me wonder what academia would be like if more feminist, critical race, queer, disability studies, and other…