Rochita Loenen-Ruiz on Movement: Identity and the Indigenous Spirit.
Back when I was much, much younger I had a very good friend. This friend introduced me to works of fantasy and science fiction that I would otherwise not have read. She made me readDune (which I don’t really remember now—except for the sandworms). She made me read everything Tolkien wrote (which I do remember). She introduced me to the Pern novels (I think there were dragons), and lent me giant tomes written by Robert Silverberg (I think it was about some quest to be King).
In our second year, my friend shifted majors and took up Creative Writing. When I asked her how she was doing in her Creative Writing classes, she told me her mentor said that while her work was very good, it was not Filipino enough. Her characters acted and spoke as if they had grown up and spent their lives in America or Europe, and her settings did not feel Filipino. I remember being quite indignant about that comment and saying something along the lines of: “How much more Filipino can you get than being born and raised Filipino?”
Kit Whitfield wrote In Defense of Twilight, which is quaintly convoluted. It’s less facile than the usual “a woman wrote it and it explores women’s fantasies, it is feminist, QED.” And then we have a piece from Whitfield going at it by drawing comparisons with VC Andrews and uhhhh.
A reflection from later books in the series is key here. I gather that werewolves in this universe are revealed to find love by instantaneously ‘imprinting’ on their future beloveds, sometimes when those beloveds are mere babies, whom they tend to babysit and caretake until the girls reach an appropriate age for more lover-like overtures. As I haven’t read further than the first book there’s a limited amount I can say in detail, but the idea fits precisely with the pre-sexual sexuality of both these books. You get the supposed protection of the perfect brother-father, sexual initiation with someone you know is safe, and the problem of finding a partner all solved in one fell swoop. As someone says – Jacob the werewolf, I think – ‘You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that’s a protector, or a lover, or a friend or a brother’ – a quote I just found after typing the previous sentence and was a little surprised to find so explicitly echoing what I’d said. The idea seems to be that the man is adaptable, moving from role to role as the girl’s needs change.
It’s one thing to admit you used to be a literary snob and now realize that you were missing out on the breadth and depth of a genre that’s been around for as long as a lot of those dead white males I studied in school. But saying things like, “I now know they’re (romance novels) great books in their own way,” isn’t helping me understand your situation. What does that mean, in their own way? Are all books great books in their own way or is romance a special snowflake?
That’s the problem with being embarrassed about what you do for a living – it always comes through, no matter how hard you try to hide it. This whole things reads like an apology of, I’m smart, but I write romance despite that!
Tyler, I’m pretty sure Mulry isn’t trying to hide jack shit.
Kjerstin Johnson at Bitch Magazine wrote about why she didn’t run that Caitlin Moran interview. Good on her.
An MRA bought a newspaper and told a film reviewer not to review films with “strong women” in them anymore. One such film being Snow White and the Huntsman. Yes, really. The article is way too fucking long, the film reviewer in question can’t write for jack shit, but the lulzy bit is the e-mail he got from said MRA:
snow white and the huntsman is trash. moral garbage. a lot of fuzzy feminist thinking and pandering to creepy hollywood mores produced by metrosexual imbeciles.
I don’t want to publish reviews of films where women are alpha and men are beta.
where women are heroes and villains and men are just lesser versions or shadows of females.
i believe in manliness.
not even on the web would i want to attach my name to snow white and the huntsman except to deconstruct its moral rot and its appeal to unmanly perfidious creeps.
they seem to like critiques from an artistic standpoint without a word about the moral turpitude seeping into the consciousness of young people who go to watch such things as snow white and get indoctrinated to the hollywood agenda of glorifying degenerate power women and promoting as natural the weakling, hyena -like men, cum eunuchs.
the male as lesser in courage strength and power than the female.
it may be ok for some but it is not my kind of manliness.
If you care to write reviews where men act like good strong men and have a heroic inspiring influence on young people to build up their character (if there are such movies being made) i will be glad to publish these.
i am not interested in supporting the reversing of traditional gender roles.
i don’t want to associate the Niagara Falls Reporter with the trash of Hollywood and their ilk.
it is my opinion that hollywood has robbed america of its manliness and made us a nation of eunuchs who lacking all manliness welcome in the coming police state.
Thaaaat’s right! Hollywood is too feminist for this dinosaur. Aren’t dinosaurs supposed to be extinct? Why is this one (allegedly) still alive?