I have made no progress on re-arranging my arts and craft supplies this week. I was hopeful that I had some good momentum going after last week, but I ran out of energy a bit. I do have some time off next week, though, and in addition to cooking for Thanksgiving and decorating for Christmas, I am hoping to get a bit more shifting and de-cluttering done.
One thing I have done thanks to my bout of book organizing and general re-arranging last week is to pick up several books that I have been meaning to read. I have been picking up classics of feminist science fiction in used bookstores for a while now, and I have read several of them, but lately I have been too hooked on my Nook to actually dip into that treasure trove. This week I read Still Forms on Foxfield by Joan Slonczewski and Zenna Henderson’s Pilgrimage: The Book of the People.
Both books are remarkable in their own right as examples of great science fiction written by women, but I was also struck at the strong role of religion in both books. Without getting into the actual religious messages, I found it interesting that I would randomly pick two science fiction books out of my collection and find that they both have such strong religious themes, as that is not terribly common in sf books.
I really want to go to WisCon in May. I am so sad to have missed Joan Slonczewski and Jo Walton last year, but this year N.K. Jemisin is one of the Guests of Honor, so that sounds awesome, too! I am not sure how the money will work out, though. I will need to start saving now.
Despite the fact that Christmas is coming, I haven’t been very inspired to work on my projects. I am taking today off, but I have to get major work done this weekend. After I make some coconut candies, of course.
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I love this idea! I have been looking around at Maker Spaces online, because I love the idea, but it seems like there are a lot of men that go to these spaces and not many women. That makes me a bit nervous, honestly, and I am a grown woman. Young girls must feel even more nervous at the whole idea. DIY Girls is a great idea!
Today’s Google doodle celebrates Rosalind Franklin, a British biophysicist who was the first person to successfully photograph DNA. I am sadly not surprised to read that Franklin was not given credit for this until much later, with a hostile fellow researcher passing the picture on to Watson and Crick, who subsequently got all the credit for discovering the structure of DNA. But it is good to see the credit where it belongs now!
Come join me on Twitter this Sunday, 10/16/11, from 2:00 ET/1:00 CT about two feminist cyberpunk stories:
If you have never done this before, it is a fun time. We get together on Twitter and do a chat using the hashtag #FeministSF. This past week, we did a chat on Cyberpunk and Feminism in general terms, and it was a big discussion, so we decided to continue this week with some specific stories.
Anyone that is interested in co-moderating with me is totally welcome, just let me know. But if you don’t want to moderate, just come and hang out. In theory, we chat for an hour, but it usually goes over, because this is an interesting group of people, :).
Also, you would never guess that I spend a lot of time online by the way I do these chats: I use regular Twitter windows, with one set on the #FeministSF hashtag search, one set on the page for @ me mentions (I have two monitors), and my phone nearby, because for some reason, @ replies come to me more quickly on the phone than the computer. I know that there are places you can go to make this easier (Tweetdeck? some kind of Tweet chat set up?), but I never have think to research this until the chat is starting, and then I don’t have time. So, if anyone wants to give me directions on how to do this better, they would be gratefully accepted.
As I think I mentioned before, I am volunteering to do some statistics on women in SF for Broad Universe. We are trying to get some more detailed and current information than what is on the site now. As you can imagine, this is a very time-consuming process, but it is interesting. A few quick thoughts:
- I am looking at the Nebula Awards now, and it is interesting to note how many years there are no female nominees at all. If there were any years with no male nominees, I wouldn’t think that was necessarily a sign of bias–maybe some years the men were just stronger. It defies belief, though, to think that could be true and it would never be the other way around.
- I have been spending a bunch of time on Wikipedia, checking the gender of authors that are not immediately clear from the name (androgynous names like Chris or Alex, initials instead of names, vague ideas I heard that might be a woman–that sort of thing), and I find that I really wish I had more time to flesh out the entries of the female authors. There are a few stubs for male authors, but there are a lot for the women.
- People who put up big websites with big websites with lots of information, like http://feministsf.org/ must really love what they doing–this stuff takes a lot of time! It is great to have an SF community with people who love it enough to provide all kinds of information on their own time.
I have spent a lot of time on the Nebulas alone, and there are a lot of awards out there, so I am not sure when all the data will be up to be seen on the site, but I am finding it an education to look through the nominees and winners in detail like this. I am one of those people who think that if data is good, more data is awesome, so this is a fun way to contribute for me. I will keep you posted as I get further along.