Linkage Love: More Bella and Katniss

By Brenda Bethman

Yesterday, Anitra wrote about Bella and Katniss from the perspective of female empowerment and YA fiction. For today’s linkage love, I want to continue the Twilight and Hunger Games theme with  links to articles  that discuss both series from a feminist perspective.

The Twilight of Intercourse” is a fascinating read that looks at the series through the perspective of second wave feminism and contains one of the most amusing quotes I’ve read in a long time:

 In short, the millions of tweens trooping in lockstep to the Cineplex to see the latest Twilight saga installment might as well be trekking over Dworkin’s corpse. It’s a wonder she doesn’t just rise right out of the ground, fangs bared, spitting blood, and personally castrate both Robert Pattison and Taylor Lautner with a rusty cleaver out of pure spite.

Twilight vs. Hunger Games” from The Atlantic discusses why “grown-ups” love to hate Bella but love Katniss

Katniss vs. Bella: Which One is Your Fictional Feminist?” is a response to the piece above

The Sexual Politics of The Hunger Games” at Salon looks at the two heroines and their power (or lack thereof)

The Hunger Games versus Twilight

Why the Hunger Games Isn’t Twilight

Team Katniss!

And, finally, “Why Katniss vs. Bella Doesn’t Help Anybody

What about y’all? Read anything good about Katniss and Bella lately? Please share your links! Or just talk about the movie if you’ve seen it.

PS: We will get back to talking about tech soon, I promise — but right now, we’re all caught up in the Hunger Games excitement!

Linkage Love: More Bella and Katniss

Meet the Blogger: Anitra

By Anitra Cottledge

I’d like to think of myself as somewhat of a technological late bloomer. I’ve bought nearly every gadget of the last 10-15 years significantly later than other people I know: cell phone (let’s not even get into when I got a smartphone), desktop computers, digital camera, laptop computer, e-reader, etc. At the same time, I consider myself a really fast learner and a very tech-savvy woman. I’m also really interested in exploring technology as a topic: how it enhances and detracts from our lives, who has access to it and what kinds of access they/we have, and how the view of technology changes depending on who’s interacting with it. In other words, what does technology mean when seen through the lens of race, gender, and class (and other identities)?

For me, technology is connected to being a writer and avid reader, being a nerd, and being someone who loves information. I always say that if I wasn’t the Assistant Director of the Women’s Center at the University of Minnesota, or in some other women’s and gender equity-related position, I’d be a librarian. Or an intellectual property lawyer. Or a librarian. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Of course, being techy serves me well at my day job, too. One of the things I’m responsible for is managing our website, so learning HTML in the mid-90s has served me well. I was an early blogger, although I haven’t blogged in a long while. Despite occasionally thinking that some of social media is a bit sketch (yes, I mean you, Foursquare), I do see its value and love working with folks in my office to figure out how we, as an organization, can best utilize things like blogs, Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about what we do and why it’s important.

Technology is even all over my bookshelf. Right now I’m reading Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education and Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age. It evens finds its way into the fiction I’m reading: Soulless, which is all alternate history and steampunky.

So I have questions, as a student affairs practitioner, as a sometimes instructor, as a black woman, as someone who is fascinated and repulsed by the Twilight phenomenon: how does the digital divide manifest itself in the classroom? How can Women’s Centers best use social media? Wouldn’t the world be a sad and empty place without the Buffy vs. Edward video?

I’m looking forward to answering these and other burning technology-related questions and very glad to join the fabulous women bloggers here at Student Affairs Women Talk Tech!

Meet the Blogger: Anitra