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21 September 2014 @ 06:53 pm
Sunday Evening MSM Essays  
No mainstream media content specifically relevant to my own dearest fandoms again this week, but I did bump into two essays that I thought could be of general interest fandom-wide:

  • "Can ‘Harry Potter’ Change the World?" by Hanna Kozlowska (The New York Times; September 17, 2014)
    Kozlowska discusses studies in which fiction readers, once exposed to story passages in which the protagonists are treated badly for belonging to a fictional minority group, are later less likely to express hostility toward real minority groups. The experiments in question all used passages from Rowling's novels, but I would presume that the effect, if real, would be easily duplicated with e.g. well-chosen Uncanny X-Men selections and so on. Stories matter! (You and I knew that, even if they didn't.)

  • "The Last Amazon: Wonder Woman Returns" by Jill Lepore (The New Yorker; September 22, 2014)
    Lepore recounts the history of the character as a media property (from her 1941 premiere to the upcoming Dawn of Justice* movie) through the biographies of the people who originally created the Wonder Woman character, the history of the United States and the history of feminism. Even though I knew the bones of Wonder Woman's creation by William Moulton Marston and have read excerpts from her early years, I was still unaware just how deeply, profoundly, blatantly, daringly — and yes, even pow!bam! ludicrously — feminist those early stories were. I learned a lot. Take a look!
    * per a tweet quoted in the article: aka “BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN WITH ALSO SOME WONDER WOMAN IN THERE SO SIT DOWN LADIES WE’RE TREATING YOU FINE: THE MOVIE.”"


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chelseagirlchelseagirl on September 22nd, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
I indexed the book that the Wonder Woman article basically summarizes -- pretty cool stuff. I found a copy of the WW anthology that Ms. Magazine put together in the 70s; never thought I'd be interested but . . .
Amy R.: Readsbrightknightie on September 23rd, 2014 05:40 am (UTC)
Interesting! I didn't actually pick up that the article was a condensed book, or expanded book review, or whatever its relationship is. Perils of crossing the 'Net link to link?
chelseagirlchelseagirl on September 23rd, 2014 08:58 am (UTC)
I think unless you actually had the physical copy of the New Yorker and read the author bio and saw she had a book coming out, it would be easy to miss. The interesting thing is that it's not an excerpt, but covers much of her subject, just in less detail . . .