What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. You can watch the linked video to have Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope explain it to you (why wouldn’t you?!), or here’s the skinny: It takes place every February 13th, and it’s a day for ladies to celebrate their ladyfriends, preferably over breakfast food. It should be a national holiday. For now, though, we have these splendid Galentines by Tumblr user fourteenacross, more of which are under the jump. Now someone bring me a waffle.
Images from 19th century editions of Jane Austen’s novels have entered into the public domain. Thanks to The British Library, we get to see what artists thought Austen’s characters looked like before Hollywood got to them. Here’s a sampling from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
This 26-year-old, self-taught artist from France is making the armor of your fantasies. Or should I say, fantasy armor. Deakathmakes items for herself and her husband out of vegetable-tanned leather to go LARP in. More amazing? She only started working with armor in April of 2012.
Anita Sarkeesian is back with the fourth video in her Tropes vs Women In Video Games series. We’ve moved on from Damsels in Distress to a pair of separate but related tropes: The Smurfette Principle and Ms. Male Character. Ms. Pac-Man, this one’s for you.
Etsy user Tory Russ has created some really fantastic images of characters from The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and more by woodburning. “Half-crafter, half-daydreamer, and half-nerd, and not good enough at math to be a scientist, so I burn things instead,” she writes, “I love everything about woodburning – sure it might take a while and you may singe yourself a few times, but ‘who would want to lose hours of their life and a couple skin cells making a woodburned portrait of Boba Fett*?’ said no one ever.” She’s yet to get to that Boba Fett portrait but she’s hoping to one day! Take a look at a few of the prints and boxes she has to offer featuring some of our favorite folks from geek culture.
Are you excited for Steven Universe, the new Cartoon Network series created by Rebecca Sugar, who not only has a sweet (heh) name but has also worked on Adventure Time? I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for work by anybody who’s even waved to Adventure Time on the street, not to mention the first Cartoon Network series to be created a woman. Here’s the first poster, which looks pretty kickass. The show will premiere on November 4th.
Welcome to the third installment of Feminist Frequency’s investigation of gendered tropes in video games, where we’re still, probably not surprisingly, covering all the bases of the Damsel in Distress: including the not-quite-equivalency of role reversals and the unhelpfulness “ironic” sexism. I know from personal experience that the latter is one of those concepts that still escapes a lot of folks. Enjoy!
Sarkeesian’s first entry in this series received over one million views on YouTube and like before, comments are wisely disabled on this latest installment. If you need a reason why, shortly after the video was uploaded, Sarkeesian tweeted this message, “Looks like my harassers abused YouTube’s flag function to get my new Tropes vs Women video removed. Not the first time it’s happened.” [Editor's note: We'd hoped the video would be back up already but it's not. We will update as soon as it is. In the meantime, you can read the transcript.] [Edit: The video is back up!]
Trigger warning: the video contains scenes of violence against women.