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Internalized misogyny is an important aspect of the structural violence associated with patriarchy: the young women in Todd’s life turned against her rather than supporting her through harassment, despite surely facing similar pressures to capitulate to male definitions of, and demands on, female sexuality. Thanks in part to the media frenzy surrounding the controversial SlutWalk, the conversation about woman-blaming is active; women around the world have rallied with the message that we are not to be held responsible for sexist violence against us.A couple of clichéd expressions (with unfortunate religious tones) come to mind:
Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.Of course, this doesn't do it justice. It is written after the major confrontation, and takes place in the deflated, empty space of grief and tension. Nothing happens in this book and yet everything happens. It is a slow-paced, lyrical ride written in epistolary form by a teenaged girl narrator. Basically it is a paen to how living a life in books can be healing, therapeutic, and ultimately empowering and self-affirming.
|Han Solo frozen in carbonite! Actually used in the movie!!!|
|Yoda: Rule these geeks do...Actual puppet that Mr. Oz actually touched. I know. The mind reels.|
|Like this battle scarred Millenium Falcon model...CGI can suck it|
|C as Mace Windu|
|L's character. Her mentor is Leia. She is a musician. Her friends, Ewok C and human S are in the background.|
|The actual costumes worn on Hoth. Oh yeah.|
|Chewie!!! Both V and J chose to be wookies. What does that say about them?|
|Puppet Jabba! Still so gross.|
|Yep. I'm a kaminoan raised on Tatouine with two of my wookie friends. I have no mentor, yo.What does that say about me?|
|Sylvie making friends with a Dalek. Ok. Sylvie and I also share a burgeoning love for Doctor Who.|
|The kids forced to get their picture taken with the Ghost Busters. They wanted to. really.|
|The actual scoobie van!|
|We all got hugs from the Xander man as well as this gem of a photo!|
|View from my window|
A huge thanks to my editor and uber-mensch [there is a funny footnote here which I am not going to quote here. You will just have to buy the book and read it yourself], David Levithan, who years ago, said, " A plane full of beauty queens crashes on a deserted island. And...Go!"Yep. That is essentially the plot of this wonderful tome I think all girls should read.
|The lady is scraping my foot. I don't envy her.|
|Kids on the practice run|