"…Alison has both transcended and held onto herself over the course of Orphan Black’s two seasons. It would have been easy for the show runners to reduce her to a caricature of a soccer mom—uptight, repressed, incapable. It would also have been easy to have the extraordinary events of the past twenty episodes smooth all her rough, jagged edges. But she remains, unapologetically, Alison: she tells Felix in Season 2 that she can’t go to prison because if women touch her in the shower she will “stab” them; she finally has sex with her husband on screen only when his controlling, aggressive mania rivals her own.”
ORPHAN BLACK week concludes on Girls Like Giants with Rachel B’s piece on the Wolf of Walnut Street, Alison Hendrix!
TOMB RAIDER writer Rhianna Pratchett just tweeted the piece I wrote about her game last year..! It’s really gratifying, and more than a little strange (as far as I know, nothing I’ve written has ever reached the eyes of my subject’s creator).
The downside, of course, is that the piece is newsworthy explicitly because Sarkeesian has come under renewed attack by garbage pail dudes.
For Sheridan Le Fanu’s 200th birthday, the Google doodle is his scintillating, sapphic, vampire novella CARMILLA.
“Cosima occupies space with confidence and self-assuredness, a striking difference from the other clones (and yet another testament to the incredible em-bodiment that actress Tatiana Maslany undertakes). Sarah moves through the world like a stealthy cat, a physicality no doubt honed by years on the con; Alison vibrates in place like a tightly wound spring, her nervous tics (touching her hair, crossing her arms, setting her chin in one hand and raising her perfectly plucked eyebrows) betraying an insecurity that underlies her brash prima-donna hauteur; and Helena twists and jerks through space like a marionette with a few broken strings. Cosima, however, moves through space like an energetic but graceful puppy, quick in act as in thought, but lacking the self-doubt or wariness of her clone sisters who have been burned one too many times by life. Thus Cosima has a refreshing lack of self-consciousness, and a belief that she has a right to occupy space, a silent but important staking of a feminist claim.”
Cosima AKA the best.
“What is most compelling to me about Helena is not that she can terrorize and fight and destroy her enemies; what compels me is her struggle for agency and her belief in her own humanity and value. Her motivations, shall we say. I’m not referring to the motivation behind her various assassinations or her conscription into religious zealotry. Helena starts out doing evil things for evil people, but as circumstances slowly deliver her from that evil, Orphan Black viewers discover a vulnerability and righteousness in Helena that is her own. She wants family, and loyalty, and love. What she wants is truly innocent, in a way that has nothing to do with sexual purity or church-sanctioned behaviors, but everything to do with protecting what is right and beautiful to her.”
Orphan Black week continues on GLG. Today, Bethany on everyone’s favorite sugar-rush powered sniper!
Let’s walk through the scenario - A large comic publisher seems to have an opportunity or desire to expand their readership to include more women and thus increase revenue. They issue a cover that shows one of their female characters in a highly sexual pose with a distorted ass.
You may think I am discussing this week’s web explosion over Milo Manara’s variant of the first issue of Spider-Woman. But I could just as well be discussing the 0 issue of Catwoman from two years ago.