Narrative Soup Links — 6/3/2016

Captain America: Civil War Costume Analysis: I love thoughtful costumes. Because clothing and costumes are coded “female”, I feel like they don’t get the love and respect that they deserve. (Don’t get me started on the near-complete lack of costume featurettes on the LotR special edition DVDs.) Here’s a really smart and insightful breakdown of the costumes in CA:CW. They are much more nuanced and amazing than you’d imagine. Spoilers, of course.

The Male Gaze in a Math Text Book: It’s never just a word problems, just a shirt, just a compliment, just one casting decision. Small choices build to create our culture.

Five Signs that Your Story is Sexist Against Men: The patriarchy hurts men, too. Especially in narratives. This is a decent if very 101 article.

TV is Killing Off So Many Characters These Days: A good post with a great infographic that lets you sort this year’s character graveyard by gender, race, and LGBTQ status. (If you’re not caught up on all your TV shows, there are spoilers here. Beware.) There are some interesting articles on some of the specific deaths too. Here are just a handful:

What Taking My Daughter to a Comic Book Store Taught Me: I’m late to the party with this one, but I think it’s interesting nonetheless. It’s part of the genre of “I didn’t really understand sexism until I had a daughter”, which is a bit tedious but… I’m glad he got there! (Or, you know, started down the road. He’s still not there.) The author also did a follow-up, to detail how surprised he was that he got a dramatic reaction to his first post because he really didn’t understand the issues involved in wading into the geek gender wars.

12 Comics for your 7-Year Old Daughter: (or son!) This is another reaction to the above article. My daughter has read most of these. They are, pretty much, amazing. UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL! (FWIW, everyone is talking about how these are for girls. We need to give them to the boys, too. Please?)

Stuff You Missed In History Class, a podcast, gets regular complaints that they are “just about women.” So the authors broke it out and guess what? The stories are about women approximately 20 percent of the time.Which isn’t even half, but is perceived to be “too many women.” I don’t… I just… /headdesk

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