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Sun, May. 1st, 2011, 12:38 pm
RIP Joanna

She has died, and that's sad. But it makes me sadder to realise how little I thought about her or considered her work in recent years. And sadder still to find out that she was one of the, or maybe the, first to coin the term "slash", and to give serious consideration to what it meant that so many women liked it (of course, back then she was talking Kirk/Spock). How much I missed. And then in her later years she became a BtVS fan. I so want to know now what she thought about Spike and Joss's feminism, and...

I stopped paying attention, and in the process lost something I would have valued greatly.

And for those who've never read it, a link to When It Changed. It's short, but still packs quite the punch. For me, at least. And that's sad too. It should be quaint--an amusing relic of a bygone past. But it isn't. I don't think it has the impact it did then, but it certainly is still relevant. It's no relic and that past is not as bygone as I would like.

Sat, May. 21st, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
auroramama: when it changed

She says that in a sort of envoi near the end of The Female Man: go, little book, and when eventually people don't know what the heck you're about and laugh at your quaintness, on that day we shall be free. We're not there yet.

I read The Female Man more often - even aloud to my spouse - but I still hear that first sentence in my head on all kinds of occasions. "Katy drives like a maniac." And searching just now to get the spelling right, I see how many other women were pulled in by that first line and still have it in their heads.

Sat, May. 21st, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
audela: Re: when it changed

Oh, I like that quote from The Female Man--it captures what I was trying to express, but with more power.