More links! More feminism! Also stories and memories and baby names!
- “The Other Side of the Story: When I was fourteen, I had a relationship with my eighth grade history teacher. People called me a victim. They called him a villain. But it’s more complicated than that.” by Jenny Kutner at Texas Monthly: Nova Ren Suma shared this essay on Twitter saying that it was powerful. She was right. While this topic appears periodically in film and literature I don’t think it’s ever addressed as honestly as it is here by Ms. Kutner. I applaud her for the strength it took to share and really think everyone should read it.
- “The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why a Young Girl Cannot Consent to Sex with an Adult Man” is another powerful essay that I think is an insightful, important read for everyone.
- “What Really Makes Katniss Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend” by Linda Holmes: I love this article. I love it so much. For anyone who still thinks The Hunger Games is just another action movie, read this article. So smart, so accurate. So brilliant. So Team Katniss and Team Peeta. (Thanks to Leila Roy for sharing this!)
- Also apparently there is a Sesame Street parody of Catching Fire. Go figure.
- “How to Name a Baby” over at Wait But Why: Among things explained in this article: Why you know at least 5 Jennifers and why they are all the same age. Why Lynn is a name for men and women. And oh my god, go check out the Baby Name Wizard site right now. Unless you have work to do. Then you should never click that link. Same for the Government name database. (Thanks to Sarah Couri for sharing this!)
- I don’t know a lot about The Chronicles of Narnia. But I know Susan got a raw deal. This Tumblr post from Hark the Empty Highways Calling offers a great, great commentary about what comes next for Susan after she is forced out of Narnia. Thanks to both Sarah Couri and Karyn Silverman for bringing this to my attention. (I don’t think I ever read the full series. I don’t even remember which books I did read, but man Susan was always my favorite. That stuck with me!) But, guys, tell me the truth: Is that part about all the other Pevensies dying in a train crash canon–does that really happen in the books?!
- Speaking of novels (when am I not?) The Toast has a brilliant post up: “How To Tell If You Are In A Noel Streatfeild Novel” by Nicole Dieker. Petrova <3 (Fun fact: I read these books after they were mentioned in the movie “You’ve Got Mail”)
- “‘Memories’ pass between generations” by James Gallagher at BBC: Another find from Lynn Weingarten. This helps explains why I dislike carrots and green beans as strongly as my mom. It does not explain why my fear of bugs is almost pathological while my mother’s is a more socially acceptable level of distaste.
- Last but not least Tor.com has a short story on its site called “In the Greenwood” by Mari Ness. It’s a retelling. I’ll let you guess what it’s retelling. (Thanks again to Karyn Silverman for sharing!)