Linkage: Arts funding, gender representation, and diversity

Writing

Arts funding in style. “It’s rather shocking when, as an artist, people do value what you do.”

The New York Film Academy looks at gender representation in film.

Geena Davis’ two-step solution to making Hollywood less sexist on-screen.

On a related note, here are 10 films that passed the Bechdel test in 2013.

Fictional women don’t need to be likeable to be relatable. Neither do women writing nonfiction.

Indeed, there is something to be said for characters who stand “apart from the blur of social conformity.”

Comics Alliance has a great list of diversity resolutions for comic creators to consider for 2014 — things we should be considering across all media.

Want to destroy science fiction? Lightspeed Magazine has a call for women contributors here.

Books & Reading

Reading can physically change your brain. “We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something may also be happening biologically,” says neuroscientist Gregory Berns.

Sandra Djwa on her recent biography of PK Page.

Criticism & Reviews

BuzzFeed will only publish positive book reviews.

Stacey May Fowles reviews Why I Read.

Heather Jessup reviews Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia.

Diane Mehta reviews the first issue of Adult, a new feminist and erotic literary magazine.

There are many reasons women avoid reading the “mid-century misogynists.”

Feminism is more complicated than some would like to believe, and not everyone is an ally.

 

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About Nico Mara-McKay

Nico Mara-McKay is a freelance writer and poet living in Toronto. She can be found online at nicomaramckay.com and on Twitter @plutopsyche.
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