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“The Norwegian Prime Minister as the Anti-Jed Bartlett in Occupied,” by theshatnerian

In Occupied, a Norwegian political thriller currently airing on Netflix, Prime Minister Jesper Berg announces his new Green Party government will cease oil and gas production in favour of supplying Europe … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Why We Love to Hate Popular Chicks on TV,” by lucyrne

So I’ve been thinking too hard about Chloe Bourgeois from ‘Miraculous Ladybug,’ and I had to write out why she and her fellow queen bees were so interesting to me. … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Writing Better Damsels in Distress,” by betterbemeta

Something I see a lot in feminist circles surrounding video games is that damsels in distress are still a thing and people are angry about it. And I won’t lie– … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

“The Women of ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Mutiny Against the Male Antihero,” by Iliketowatch

Set in the early 1980s, Halt and Catch Fire dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary (Joe), an engineer (Gordon) and a prodigy (Cameron) whose innovations directly confront … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Things About Fandom That Stand Out to Me,” by womanistglasses

As an outspoken Black woman in fandom who has had truly terrible experiences in what is supposed to be a safe space for me, I’ve noticed a few things about … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

“[Sherlock] Season 3: The Mirror of the Troll,” by cantadora_09 (translated by pennypaperbrain)

Curator’s Note: This week we’re very pleased to be featuring that rarest of meta within English language fandom, the non-English meta. Given the global popularity of BBC’s Sherlock, it is … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

“This is Why I Treat Fandom Like It’s Important (Because It Is),” by saathi1013

So many movements in art/literary history are defined solely by a small group of friends (usually male, let us not forget, and often white and wealthy) fucking off to the … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

“This is an Allegory: Meta on Snowpiercer,” by elucipher

Curator’s Note: This week’s meta focus on media text and fandom analysis through the lens of capitalism. A lot of discussions of Snowpiercer I’ve seen have been very literal, which I think … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Establishment Culture, or Why Supernatural is Just as ‘Good’ a Show as Mad Men,” by fangirlingthebook

Curator’s Note: This is the second of three meta in a series that explores the relationship of female fans to (generally) male-produced media. In this piece, fangirlingthebook considers the kinds of television … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Thor 2: How to Understand Your Audience (And the Power of Fandom),” by bemusedlybespectacled

Curator Note: This week we feature meta that addresses fan-producer relationships, particularly between (overwhelmingly) male media producers and female fans. The first looks at the ways that Thor 2 was positioned … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 1 Comment