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[17 Mar 2010 | One Comment | ]
The Remix & Me

I keep threatening to write about Remix Geekery here, but I’ve been putting it off because it feels like such a big job. The topic is really too important to me to half-ass it and it’s really quite expansive for these short, discreet columns I write for TNG. Last week, though, I journeyed solo to Belize and Guatemala for a short vacation and the thing about traveling alone is that even after filling up my days with activities, I’m always left with long hours in the evening to do things I always plan to do but get superseded at home by friends, the internet, etc. This usually means reading long, boring but ultimately rewarding books, but this time I decided to also undertake a small auto-biographical project of trying to surface the earliest memories I have of my exposure to Remix Culture. I dug up less than I might’ve expected, but there are some gems, and as I start to think more systematically about how I’m going to approach the Remix as the probable topic for my Master’s Thesis next year, I think it’s probably important work to lay out my own relationship to the topic. Plus hopefully someone else out there will find this interesting.

Culture, Gay Geekery »

[3 Mar 2010 | One Comment | ]
Girls’ Love Abroad, Japanese Yuri

Last time I gave a rundown on the terms of note for engaging with Japanese yaoi production, and today I’d like to return to this subject to see where yuri, the female-female equivalent, is similar and where it is different.

Comics, Gay Geekery »

[17 Feb 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Boys’ Love Abroad, Japanese Yaoi

After baring a bit of my soul last time, I would like to talk today about geeky representations of male-male sexuality in Japan. In order to do that, I’ll be defining some keywords.

Culture, Gay Geekery »

[3 Feb 2010 | Comments Off | ]
On Teams

I should probably never write about my future writing plans because I always seem to break them.  I do, however, still think that the question of why the creators of Avatar chose to write Jake as using a wheelchair is an important one.  I don’t think it was to accurately represent scores of wounded veterans or to empower people with disabilities, though both are within the realm of possibility.  Anyhow, this week my pen was not moved to speak on that topic, but rather to get a bit introspective (and a bit emo, gomennasai) on my interest in team stories.

Culture, Film, Gay Geekery »

[20 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]
Avatar, Environmentalism & Imperialism

Before I say anything else, I should probably hedge all of this with the fact that I really enjoyed this movie. I’ve seen it twice in 3-D and IMAX 3-D, and it does several things right by my book. It’s a wonderfully well-executed epic that tugs at my heart strings at all the right moments, the visuals were stunning as expected and the world-building project was very respectable.

It also gave its audience a lot to chew on. In fact, one of my biggest complaints about this film might be simply that there’s too much here to write about. But I’ve zoomed in on two topics to think through, reserving the disability angle for next time and here taking up the imperialist and environmentalist content.

Gay Geekery »

[6 Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Holmes & Asexuality

Happy 2010, true believers. This winter has been pretty good for major genre film releases so far. We’ve had 2012 and, of course, the much discussed Avatar. The one that really captured my attention, though, (perhaps predictably) was Guy Ritchie’s rendition of Sherlock Holmes.

Gay Geekery »

[16 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
Happy New Year – Defining Geekery

This will be my last column for the year and thus also one of the last things I will float out into the public internet universe this decade. I had originally intended to round out the year with some kind of ‘Top Ten.’ It might’ve been ten great moments in gay geekery or simply ten great pieces of queer and geek media, but in looking over others’ reviews of the past ten years, I’ve come to a shocking realization. Admittedly I could have figured this out sooner simply by subtracting ten from my age, but nevertheless I had not realized that in the past ten years I’ve come through both years of middle school (minus the last few months at the tail end of ‘99), all of high school, the entirety of college, and a semester of graduate school. Consequently, when I read lists of, say, people’s favorite films or television programs from the last decade, it’s mind-blowing that these could include almost the majority of all the media I’ve ever consumed. How could I even begin to go about ranking the things I liked as a thirteen year old – Survivor, The Mole, Harry Potter, Holes, Ace of Base, Madonna, Faithless, Kate Bush, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Malcolm in the Middle, Sailor Moon, and The Tenth Kingdom – to the things I like now? (Yes, I still liked Sailor Moon as an early adolescent boi…in fact the year 2000 was when we, the fans, finally were met with success in our efforts to lobby for English-language localizations of seasons three and four….Also, like many things on that list, I still love it today…) Anyhow, I have decided that instead of looking back at the past I’m going to write something looking ahead for me and for this column. I realize that all of this prologue was probably, therefore, completely unnecessary, but I’m feeling extremely sentimental about the end of this era – an era which I can’t even come up with a decent name for but am going with The Digits – and needed to get that off my chest.his will be my last column for the year and thus also one of the last things I will float out into the public internet universe this decade. I had originally intended to round out the year with some kind of ‘Top Ten.’ It might’ve been ten great moments in gay geekery or simply ten great pieces of queer and geek media, but in looking over others’ reviews of the past ten years, I’ve come to a shocking realization. Admittedly I could have figured this out sooner simply by subtracting ten from my age, but nevertheless I had not realized that in the past ten years I’ve come through both years of middle school (minus the last few months at the tail end of ‘99), all of high school, the entirety of college, and a semester of graduate school. Consequently, when I read lists of, say, people’s favorite films or television programs from the last decade, it’s mind-blowing that these could include almost the majority of all the media I’ve ever consumed. How could I even begin to go about ranking the things I liked as a thirteen year old – Survivor, The Mole, Harry Potter, Holes, Ace of Base, Madonna, Faithless, Kate Bush, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Malcolm in the Middle, Sailor Moon, and The Tenth Kingdom – to the things I like now? (Yes, I still liked Sailor Moon as an early adolescent boi…in fact the year 2000 was when we, the fans, finally were met with success in our efforts to lobby for English-language localizations of seasons three and four….Also, like many things on that list, I still love it today…) Anyhow, I have decided that instead of looking back at the past I’m going to write something looking ahead for me and for this column. I realize that all of this prologue was probably, therefore, completely unnecessary, but I’m feeling extremely sentimental about the end of this era – an era which I can’t even come up with a decent name for but am going with The Digits – and needed to get that off my chest.

Gay Geekery »

[2 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
Warrior Women & Trans Male Possibilities

This summer I discovered a really great fannish resource that I have since spent quite a bit of time weeding through. The Multi-Fandom Transfic Master List is hosted on delicious.com and maintained by Kyuuketsukirui. The goal is to maintain a central clearing house for links to various works of fanfiction taking transgender identity as a central theme.

In browsing through the stories tagged ‘mtf’ on the list, I encountered several authors who were seeing the possibility of trans maleness in a number of existing stories about female warriors. The idea had crossed my mind occasionally before. Eowyn from Lord of the Rings cries out to Sauron’s army that she is no man, but it’s not hard to see where her circumstantial crossdressing and non-normative gender behavior might feel like a space amenable to a trans male narrative.

Morning Upper »

[19 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

Last week, Lady Gaga released her newest music video, “Bad Romance,” which instantly tore through (some) queer social circles, reinvigorating the ardent debates over whether Gaga is worthy of LGBT icon status. Meanwhile, though, it seems some in the geek world are willing to claim her after a little editing… My only complaint is the lack of Sega Genesis goodness in the video footage.

Gay Geekery, Television »

[18 Nov 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Gay GLEEkery – The Politics of Minority Casting

Episode seven of the new Fox musical comedy, Glee, was the first time we saw in-text acknowledgment of the number of minority kids in the cast. The cheerleading coach-cum-co-director, Sue Sylvester, separates out the marginalized students for a special performance number, tersely calling them out, “Santana. Wheels. Gay kid. Asian. Other Asian. Aretha. Shaft.”

Despite the awkward stereotyping that, to be fair, is completely in-character for Sue, this moment inspired cheers from many progressives. We’re not used to seeing such diversity on a major network program, and I, at least, have come to expect that these kinds of roll-calls will be limited to racial minorities and maybe queers. For Glee, then, I was thrilled the producers included Artie, a white straight male character, because of his disability identity around his use of a wheelchair.