Author Archives: Shawna (A Mediated Life)

About Shawna (A Mediated Life)

Writer, singer, parent, fan, media maven, and general ne'er-do-well.

Subtext and subversion: Part Two

Carrying on from the previous post, below is a detailed, episode-by-episode rundown (with pictures!) of Ragnar and Athelstan’s relationship. I present this not as a “This is why my slash ship is canon” manifesto, but instead as an illustration of the relationship itself, so folks can … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Geekery, GLBT, Human Nature, TV | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Subtext and subversion: Vikings edition

Long time, no post! Life’s been chaotic in recent months (no need to bore you with details), and to keep from melting down, I’ve spent a fair amount of my (limited) free time escaping into my usual happy places of pop culture and fandom. … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Geekery, GLBT, Human Nature, TV | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Problematic entertainment, part two

Carrying on from the specific-show discussion in part one. In this segment, I’ll explain why I keep watching the problematic stuff I do, while I also ditch stuff that’s theoretically less problematic.

Posted in Entertainment, Ethics, Feminism, Geekery, GLBT, Movies, Politics, TV | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Problematic entertainment: Game of Thrones edition

Warning: The below piece includes discussion of sexual assault, as well as spoilers for the current seasons of Vikings and Game of Thrones, and mild spoilers for GoT’s source books. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and saw last night’s … Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Ethics, Feminism, Geekery, Human Nature, Intarweebz Drama, Politics, TV | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Bully pulpits and the abuse thereof

Chez Scalzi the last couple of days has been host to a discussion about the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. Long story short, for those unaware: It was discovered he made a large donation to a Prop 8 campaign, OK … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Post-script on the essentialism thing

Because this point may have been buried well enough in that wall-o’-text that some might miss it: I absolutely do not reject trans* identities just because I reject gender essentialism. I also don’t reject monosexual orientation identities just because I … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, GLBT | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Why essentialists make me want to throw things

Another day, another cisgender femme arguing that women who “want to look like men” are inherently sexist because in rejecting certain aspects of a narrow definition of femininity, they’re rejecting women. I have neither heads nor desks enough to express my feelings … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, GLBT, Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment