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The Handmaid’s Tale doesn’t quite get modern American misogyny - The Verge
Soft biological determinism doesn’t inevitably lead to harsh oppression, but that’s not the point. In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood imagined how seeds of xenophobia, misogyny, and authoritarianism could utterly corrupt a popular ideology with many well-meaning supporters — because a Gilead can grow in any group that lets its principles take root. That includes Evangelical Christianity, but also a modern secular rationalism that’s being co-opted by white male supremacists, speaking the language of science and logic.
It’s not hard to envision a world that’s as cruel to women as Gilead, which is why watching The Handmaid’s Tale is so exhausting. But despite all its brutality, the show softens a more painful truth: misogyny doesn’t just persist, it evolves.
handmaids-tale  margaret-atwood  science-fiction  sf  misogyny  incels  4chan 
4 weeks ago by jm
Goonwaffe Stories: A Guide For Newbies [PDF]
impressively high-quality newbie's guide from the Goonswarm Federation -- as themittani.com describes it, 'frankly a work of art: a 1950's Pulp Scifi magazine full of internet spaceships and sociopathy.'
eve-online  space  goonswarm  gaming  mmo  pdf  pulp  science-fiction 
february 2013 by jm
The Best Science Fiction Books (According to Reddit)
contains a surprisingly-large number which I haven't read
scifi  fiction  books  science-fiction 
september 2011 by jm
Science fiction: The stories of now - 16 September 2009 - New Scientist
(via Pierce) Kim Stanley Robinson on today's British SF "golden age". I have a lot of reading to catch up on
sf  science-fiction  uk  scifi  kim-stanley-robinson  new-scientist  culture  toread  books  from delicious
september 2009 by jm

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