Behind the Curtain: “Bad” Mental Illness and the Danger of Visibility

Over the last six months or so, as I write this, I've dealt with a number of attempted harassment campaigns. The majority of them, admittedly, didn't go very far. I'm lucky in that respect - I don't make a good target of outrage, I'm hard to get fired since I work for myself, and I'm … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: “Bad” Mental Illness and the Danger of Visibility

Behind The Curtain: Metaphorical Incest, Fanfiction and Cultural Taboos

TW: As you might have gathered from the title, this column discusses incest, fanfiction policing, pedophilia, and abuse (of various kinds; child sexual abuse, relationship abuse and parental abuse all come up.) Ah, the fanfiction wars. They'll probably never end, and trying to determine when exactly they began is a matter of definition more than … Continue reading Behind The Curtain: Metaphorical Incest, Fanfiction and Cultural Taboos

Behind The Curtain: A Queer Revisiting of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Episode 2

If you missed where this started, episode 1 is over here!  Some recap: This analysis covers all of PMMM's original run, but will not touch on Rebellion. Spoilers apply for the whole series, and assumes you are at least familiar with the ending. PMMM and this analysis deal with – to some degree or another – suicide, … Continue reading Behind The Curtain: A Queer Revisiting of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Episode 2

Behind the Curtain: Wayward Children- What About Jill?

Lately, I've been reading Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series. It's a fun series of books, starting with what is probably a modern classic of Every Heart A Doorway, and following several characters through the currently-published five books. What's particularly notable about Wayward Children is the casual, cheerful representation; book one alone features a trans male character (Kade), … Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Wayward Children- What About Jill?