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But it’s no different from jokes about murder.

  I once told a joke that hurt someone who’d lost a loved one to murder. It was awful. It was not even a joke about murder. It was a joke about how some people thought I was twenty-three, but actually I was twenty-six. The context really isn’t worth explaining, it wasn’t much of a […]

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I Hate Strong Female Characters — in the New Statesman

Here  I pour bilious hate unto the unfortunate figure of the Strong Female Character as she appears in popular fiction. From the piece I remember watching Shrek with my mother. “The Princess knew kung-fu! That was nice,” I said. And yet I had a vague sense of unease, a sense that I was saying it […]

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On RHAPSODIES OF BLOOD by Roz Kaveney

Books 1 and 2: Rituals  and Reflections   What can you say about these books? Firstly – there’s no other way to put this – they are barmy. Kaveney lays out her stall quite plainly in the pair of epigraphs that opens Rituals. From Nietzsche: “If there were gods, how could I bear not to […]

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The Rape of James Bond

On Sexual Assault, and “Realism” in Popular Culture..   This essay discusses rape of both women and men throughout. No specific real-world cases are mentioned nor are any scenes described graphically, however as it’s about realism, it does necessarily shuttle rapidly between incidents in fairly silly texts and grim facts about the real world. Spoilers […]

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