Friday News Bites: Feminist Lawmaking, Iowa Caucuses, Olympic Athlete Firsts + More

Happy Friday, everyone. We’re catching up on two weeks’ worth of news stories today, so let’s get started, and you can get a nice, shiny sense of somewhat informed accomplishment.

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This Week in Misogyny Loves Feminism and SpaceX

About all I can say about this week is that it wasn’t quite as awful as last week. The French Open seems to be bringing out the worst in people, politicians continue to be idiots, and dress codes continue to be absurd. But at least we’re getting some cool LEGOs! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Loves Feminism and SpaceX

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Get your clicking fingers ready, because ladyblogland delivered this past week.

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Twelfth Doctor 101

It has now been one week since the identity of the Twelfth Doctor was released. Has it really only been a week? I guess a week is a long time on Tumblr. In any case, we now know that Peter Capaldi will be playing the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor on the BBC’s long-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who. Suddenly, a lot of Doctor Who fans have been made aware of Peter Capaldi and they might be wondering where to look for his previous performances. Here are some recommendations for what you might watch to become familiar with Mr. Capaldi and his acting chops.

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New Show Recap: Doctor Who, Episode 7.8, “The Rings of Akhaten”

“It almost felt like a RTD episode.” “I cried.” “Clara is so cute!” Read More New Show Recap: Doctor Who, Episode 7.8, “The Rings of Akhaten”

Good Night, Irene: On Moffat’s Portrayal of Irene Adler in Sherlock

So I think we all have read or written our own opinions on the portrayal of woman characters in media. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and sometimes it’s ugly. How many times have I seen discussions about how while Joss Whedon’s portrayal of Buffy as a hero is excellent and progressive on so many levels, there are other places in which it completely fails?

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Bring Back Baker Street

2012 is a harbinger of so many things– part one of The Hobbit, the beginning of my graduate school education (hopefully), Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, and, of course, the end of the world. I could do without that last bit, but if it has to happen it damn well better be after I watch the second season of the BBC’s Sherlock.

Do you remember that time that your friend told you to watch something and you were all like, meh, and then you watched it and all you could say for the next five minutes was nnnghh? Well, replace “friend” with “someone’s tumblr” and you’ll get both an approximate image of my reaction to this fine piece of filmmaking and a peek into my lack of anything resembling a social life! Read More Bring Back Baker Street