May
06
2015
4

Seriously, Alyssa Rosenberg’s talents were wasted on ThinkProgress.

Better by far that the Washington Post snapped her up.  Alyssa Rosenberg, on her positive reaction to The Avengers’ Black Widow character, and other people’s negative reactions to the same character’s development:

…ultimately that’s a great deal of what I want from my female action heroes: that they not be required to take off their femininity when they suit up for battle, and that they not be required to leave it hanging in the closet when they return from the wars. Certainly, there are some female characters for whom violence may be straightforward and have few other implications for their senses of self. But isn’t the whole point of having women as well as men be superheroes and swordfighters that they bring a new range of perspectives to our experiences of these very old stories?

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Jan
06
2015
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@sonnybunch filling in for @AlyssaRosenberg at WaPo…

…and that’s why I always thought that Alyssa Rosenberg was wasted at ThinkProgress: she’s smart enough to do things like this.  I mean, yes, she’s obviously a hardcore liberal/progressive, because that’s who writes for Think Progress: but more importantly, she’s essentially sound on Marvel movies and television. I like to encourage sound thinking where I find it.

Anyway: I hope that Sonny has fun at the gig.

Jan
05
2013
6

Alyssa Rosenberg disagrees with me on the Hobbit…

…not that we know each other, or anything.

Alyssa Rosenberg – who is, by the way, far too smart and sensible about SF/fantasy material to be on ThinkProgress* – asks the question Should there have been any women at all in the Hobbit? – and her answer is doubly surprising.  First, because her answer was “No;” second, because I don’t entirely agree with her.

The first part is easily-enough understood; Ms. Rosenberg takes the reasonable view that there’s nothing inherently wrong, per se, about a movie that has what she calls “[a]ll-male spaces and social circles” as its background**. And if there’s a movie out there that would have an excuse to do that, it’d be The Hobbit, which is of course based on a 1930s child adventure story written by an English academic who had probably never really considered the issue in the first place***.  And that’s fine, and most people would agree that that’s fine. (more…)

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