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The Geek Feminist Revolution

by Kameron Hurley

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Not bad, but it didn't seem particularly revolutionary to me, possibly because I'm already familiar with most of the geek feminism topics in here. The most interesting parts to me were about the author's day job writing marketing texts and about US health care. Several of the essays on specific TV shows and films seemed to repeat the same point multiple times within the same essay, so they dragged a bit. ( )
  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
Wonderful collection of essays. The essays on writing were interesting, but from a somewhat voyeuristic perspective. Those with a (somewhat) intersectional feminist perspective on geek culture were fascinating, and managed to have some ideas new to me. The section of very personal essays told me a lot I didn't know/understand about the USA medical system, and while I appreciate Hurley's honest, I felt uncomfortably voyeuristic about it*. The final section (Revolution) had essays on a number of events that I remember experiencing in real time, and it was quite jarring to realise how much of those I'd forgotten, even while I'd attempted to be well-informed at the time.

* unlike the writing essays, where the voyeuristic feeling was more like having been invited in to observe something not entirely public, these felt like having accidentally found oneself in a private conversation. ( )
  fred_mouse | May 30, 2019 |
I found this essay collection really interesting. It gives the reader a glimpse into what it is like to be an author in the speculative fiction genre. It seemed less of a collection of essays on feminist issues (although there was a lot of discussion of these issues) and more of stories about the author's life. It felt more like a memoir. This is not a negative, rather it gives the reader insight into these issues through a more personal filter. When the author writes about the Affordable Care Act, she does so using her own experience as a striking example. It makes these big abstract concepts and issues real. Since this is a collection of essays that were written prior to the collection, some of them have repetitive information, but this is only an issue if you forget that these are separate pieces that were not originally meant to be part of this whole. ( )
  Cora-R | May 22, 2019 |
Kameron Hurley is one of a new generation of feminist SFF writers who began to publish in the 2010s, when social media began is phase of near-ubiquitousness, a cornucopia of hype, much of a geek-related. By geek I mean SFF in its many media — games, fanfic, fiction, movies, and reviews of those media. It’s a situation similar to the old Pohl Anderson story the “Man Who Ate the World” where manufacturing has become so cheap and widespread citizens must consume a certain amount of goods every day so the system doesn’t collapse. (The problem in the story comes from a man who is driven to consume too much, causing power blackouts.) I think we are living in that kind of world today, where media of all sorts is constantly clamoring for our consumption and being publicized and touted by other consumers, making yet more media.

But Hurley navigates this web with ease. Her essays, of which this is a collection, are about the intersection of feminism with this riotous tumult, ranging from Anita Sarkeesian and Gamergate to the Sad Puppys/Hugo Awards debacle of 2015. There is also much written about the depiction of women in media, and the issues that come with being an outspoken women in media. And make no mistake, in 2019 media depictions of women are still problematic in many ways.

Her essays are very readable and move along breezily, influenced by her advertising work. Her most tweeted and linked essay, “We Have Always Fought,” which one a Hugo award, discusses the role of women in war, giving lie to the notion we were just passive homebodies waiting at home to be raped or the menfolk to come home. There is so much SFF fiction written even today that still shoves women into a passive role, not to mention the books that are still out there written in previous years that are still being read. It is food for thought and I think every SFF writer should read it.

The essays referring to recent events in the SFF world are worth reading also if you have only a tangential memory of them. Time passes at lightspeed on the internets and it’s easy to forget or overlook; these events are also referred to in the present which also happens at lightspeed, so they were a good overview of the situation(s).

Hurley also writes about the art of writing itself, and the decisions to inculcate, or not inculcate, the attitudes of The Biz. Frankly I’d say. And these are worth reading also.

She does get a too personal and drumbeating at times, particularly in an essay where she mentions a grandmother living under the Nazis (my dad killed Nazis) and an abusive relationship when younger (my ex-husband tried to kill me) that, though meant well, might not resonate with everyone. It depends on one’s age; the author is at least 20 years younger than I. On the other hand, an essay about being hospitalized in a coma, and awakening to find one is suffering from diabetes, is a very good indictment of the American Health System and an unspoken commentary on the nature of American work, where one must keep a job, no matter how vile, to ensure health insurance simply for one’s survival.

The writer also has interesting things to say about 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road movie and its feminist aspect. I am reading Richard Morgan’s problematic grimdark fantasy The Cold Commands now and I would dearly love to hear what this author says about that. I think it’s so patently offensive and overly trope-twisting it’s hilarious, but like feminist author Suzy McKee Charnas’ Walk to the Ends of The World, which is anti-female grimdark as harsh it comes, might it mean something more?

Hurley also writes about her fascination with woman as strong, silent loner characters, like the male protagonist of the 1980s movies she grew up on, the Bruce Willises and Patrick Swayzes. It’s something I don’t personally relate to, yet she makes a case for them, and I enjoyed getting a secret peak into her character fetish, as it were. ( )
  Cobalt-Jade | May 12, 2019 |
Tengo una mala noticia... Me he sentido un poco "meh" leyendo este libro.
Que empieza genial, que tiene artículos interesantes, todo lo que quieras. Pero quizás no necesito comprar un libro para leer un análisis sobre La jungla de Cristal, Mad max o sobre la tenacidad necesaria para convertirse en escritora y que te publiquen algo. Quizás me he equivocado en la premisa del libro, porque creí que era una recopilación de ensayos sobre feminismo (geek) y al final termina teniendo puntos de "querido diario..." que a ver, que está bien (al final han sido las partes que más me han entretenido).
Reseña completa: http://www.cafedetinta.com/2018/05/resena-la-revolucion-feminista-geek-de.html ( )
  Carla_Plumed | Dec 3, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765386240, Paperback)

The Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by double Hugo Award-winning essayist and fantasy novelist Kameron Hurley.

The book collects dozens of Hurley's essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including "We Have Always Fought," which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume.

Unapologetically outspoken, Hurley has contributed essays to The Atlantic, Locus, Tor.com, and others on the rise of women in genre, her passion for SF/F, and the diversification of publishing.

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"The book collects dozens of Hurley's essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including "We Have Always Fought," which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume."--Amazon.com.… (more)

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