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Special Bonus All Video Gaming Linkspam (15th June, 2012)

Our link wranglers found so many this week, we made it a two-parter.

You can suggest links for future linkspams in comments here, or by using the “geekfeminism” tag on delicious or pinboard.in or the “#geekfeminism” tag on Twitter. Please note that we tend to stick to publishing recent links (from the last month or so).

Thanks to everyone who suggested links.

3 thoughts on “Special Bonus All Video Gaming Linkspam (15th June, 2012)

  1. d2k

    1. This week at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, Meryl Streep slammed “Hollywood’s big tentpole failures” like John Carter and Battleship (via):

    > “In this room, we are very familiar with these dreadful statistics that detail the shocking under-representation of women in our business. Seven to ten percent of directors, producers, writers, and cinematographers [are women] in any given year. This in spite of the fact that in the last five years, five little movies aimed at women have earned over $1.6 billion: The Help, The Iron Lady believe it or not, Bridesmaids, Mamma Mia!, and The Devil Wears Prada.”

    > …She continued: “As you can see, their problems were significant because they cost a fraction of what the big tent-pole failures cost. . . . Let’s talk about The Iron Lady. It cost $14 million to make it and brought in $114 million. Pure profit! So why? Why? Don’t they want the money?”

    2. At the gointothestory.org screenwriting blog, there’s a discussion about Streep’s quote that’s running in the (predictable) direction of: yabbut, women’s movies don’t make money, and it’s a business, and they have to make money… *sigh*

    That discussion starts here: http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2012/06/meryl-streep-dont-they-want-the-money.html#comment-117441

    I’m sure I’ve seen some great discussion and LINKs (here?) about how A) women’s movies do make money (you know, like the ones Streep cites in her example) and B) when a movie for women, or about women, or with a strong female lead is a financial hit, the supposedly money-oriented and rational Hollywood industry writes it off as an anomaly–because data, and even money, isn’t enough to correspond ingrained prejudice. (Regrettably I don’t have any of that at hand.)

    Would any care to join in the conversation? Or can anyone point me at those conversations here, or at good resources anywhere?


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