Handboken

Jan. 14th, 2011 12:08 pm
marshtide: (Mymlan)
Handboken

Handboken av Karolina Bång: Helt fantastiskt och väldigt uppiggning på nåt konstigt sätt. Queera & feministiska serier. Till och med rolig. Hoorah!

Här kan man läser lite från boken. ("Tema: alternativa relationer")

Det gör mig lycklig!

Reading

Dec. 8th, 2010 11:09 am
marshtide: (Snufkin - The traveller)
Queer Universes (eds: Pearson, Hollinger & Gordon) is an anthology about sexualities in science fiction and it contains some pretty brilliant stuff, with varying levels of picking apart heavy theory required for enjoyment, from the entirely straightforward and entertaining to "I had to read a bunch of the sentences in this twice but it was fascinating." Sure, I didn't love absolutely every article, but the proportion of the book I felt like I got something out of was pretty high.

Otherwise I've been trying to read books and finding myself in rather the wrong mood. Theory seems to be going better than fiction, oddly enough, so maybe I'll try Tiina Rosenberg's Byxbegär next (about women wearing men's clothes in theater).

Though I do have a little list of authors who write some kind of queer sci-fi that I may want to check out too. If I can find them.

(I think the exams went OK, but I'm waiting on results.)

Baby Jane

Nov. 12th, 2010 01:04 pm
marshtide: (Mårran)
I read Baby Jane in two evenings. I couldn't quite stop. Now I have feelings. So many feelings! I think it's only through the wonders of dried frog pills that I have been having feelings rather than some kind of screaming breakdown, to be honest; it hit som critical areas. As it were.

I thought it was brilliant and also deeply depressing.

It's about depression and anxiety, and about destructive relationships. The main couple is lesbian; that isn't the point of the story at all but it was kind of, you know, one less barrier to identification.

Waagh.
marshtide: (Too-ticki)
OK. Feminist SFF and feminist books/articles about SFF. I'm making lists of stuff I might get hold of. But the lists are getting outrageously huge, and it looks like a really big chunk of the theory will be avaliable through the Swedish library system, and this is both great and terrible.

In short: if there's anyone you think is particularly brilliant or particularly terrible do please tell.

Obviously queer feminism is in some sense closest to my heart, but I'm wide open. I've covered some of the really obvious stuff in this area already, of course, but perhaps not that much.

I'm not scared of crunchy theory in English and I'm not scared of novels or moderately transparent non-fiction in Swedish. But I am scared of crunchy theory in Swedish.

(Which is to say: the next obsessive burst of Learning Stuff seems to have struck. Help.)
marshtide: (Mårran)
1. I've finished Tiger by Mian Lodalen, and I think that if it'd been around when I was fifteen it would've been perfect, basically. It deals a lot with teenage girls' sexuality, terrible things happening to people who are marginalised, and various things to do with the culture surrounding sexuality, both gay and straight, and double standards, sexual abuse, homophobia and fear of homophobia. The main character deals with already being considered an outsider and then realising she's gay, and it's a big tangled mess. It's not going onto the list as Best Book I Have Evah Read, and I am rather past the stuff it dealt with, but it was interesting, the story was pretty well-told, and I can definitely think of people I'd rec it to.

Now I'm back on Birgitta Stenberg, who is also dealing with young female sexuality, namely, hers.


2. Mian Lodalen is giving a talk in our town next month along with Maria Sveland! This is a terrible small town where nothing ever happens, so you bet I'm excited. I'm also going to have to pick up one of Maria Sveland's books before then; I've seen her talk about them a couple of times on TV but have yet to actually read one. (This one sounds pretty great.)


3. Further name: Katarina Wennstam. Non-fiction and fiction, a lot of stuff about rape culture. Certain to be depressing but probably also worth it. Saw her in a discussion along with Maria Sveland the other day (Kunskapskanalen was running various stuff from the book fair) and they both said some really great things.


4. I need some stuff to read in English, though, occasionally, before I forget how. I don't have much around that I can read without having to concentrate completely, barring a few bits of manga.
marshtide: (Default)
1. I'm reading Mian Lodalen's Tiger now. I have hopes! We'll see! It's also remarkably easy to read after Birgitta Stenberg... slight generational difference there. (And at some point I'll be going back to read more Victoria Benedictsson. Beware the verb forms?)

2. I wish Birgitta Stenberg's books were translated. I don't know as I'd recommend her to everyone, but there's a quite specific group of people who I firmly believe would think she was the best thing ever.

3. I'm actually pretty interested in going to take a look at this exhibit about fashion photography through time. It's there until the end of the year, so I just need to decide whether I'm paying-the-entrance-fee interested.

4. But this week I'll probably go and be nosy at this event (discussion of whether we should hate Strindberg or not! At the feminist bookshop! I've been wanting to go to something there for a while now, and I have a free bus card to stockholm that lasts until Friday, so the timing is good. There's another thing on Friday but it involves cake and, well, me and cake...). Watch me attempt to leave the house sometimes and venture forth into definitely Swedish-speaking environments. Ones where I'm not familiar with how the people involved talk already, I mean. ...yes, I know I don't pick easy-to-understand situations.
marshtide: (Too-ticki)
Sofi Oksanen - Baby Jane
Mian Londalen - Tiger
Nina Björk - Under det rosa täcket
Maria Sveland - Bitterfittan
Tove Jansson - Anteckningar från en ö (illustrerad av Tuulikki Pietilä)

& I'm reading Birgitta Stenberg's Kärlek i europa (Love in Europe) now.

Mian Londalen and Maria Sveland were guests on this week's Babel and sounded well worth a look; they were talking about feminism and someone recommended Nina Björk (feminist writer) at some stage, Sofi Oksanen is in next week's episode which reminded Val to tell me to read her, and Tove Jansson is of course my hero.

P.S. Why does my history teacher from high school want to be friends on facebook? So she can throw sheep at me for all those times I talked back in class and didn't do my homework...? Slightly weirded out now.
marshtide: (Parkvakten)
OMG! I have just been talking to party representatives, because it was my homework from school this week. It's all terribly exciting, you know.

I can now inform you that Folkpartiet's chosen representative does not believe discrimination exists, the lady from Moderaterna thought that I was making up the laws about trans people to fuck with her because they sounded so weird, and that Kristdemokraterna's motto is totally "We Don't Discriminate But [offensive statement]" and also "we have gay people in our party too!" - I suddenly understand the appeal of bingo cards that much better, and believe KD are nearing full house. (They also denied that they had ever voted against LGBT rights. It's always FOR someone else's rights. Usually for the right of straight rich white men to be bastards to everyone else. Or for the rights of THE CHILDREN. Cute, anyway.)

Centerpartiet's dude was vague and confused on any question that wasn't to do with the environment and I was interrupted in my talk with him by a woman who came by to tell him that he was evil because a farmer refused to give her milk when she was a child. I do not even know. Vänsterpartiet were absent with an apologetic little note on their door about understaffing and a phone number, Miljöpartiet were present and probably the most competent, volunteering a lot of information for each question (am admittedly biased), and Socialdemokraterna at least had an answer on hand for every question I asked (Miljöpartiet are the only other one who gave an answer which really was an answer in every case) - particularly, their lady had a lot to say about the education and work placement systems for immigrants.

Everyone agrees that the schools in this kommun are crap.

I spoke with Kristdemokraterna last out of a certainty that my conversation with them would end in speachless rage, which naturally it did. (A child needs one mother and one father! Because men and women are SO inherently different that a child without both will be warped forever, I guess. OK, they only said the part about being so different, not the part about warping forever, but you know. It was really quite heavily implied.)

Other highlights: Moderaterna's answer to my question as to what the most important environmental issues in the kommun are? "Traffic should go outside town. We're building a road."

...

O really.

& Kristdemokraterna's answer? "I'm afraid I can't talk about kommunal issues. But we're very good on the environment. A poll said so. We're as good as miljöpartiet!" ...I see. Uh... I am... feeling so convinced.

I must have earnt chocolate by now, right?
marshtide: (Mist)
I'm perpetually amazed by the things people don't mention about books and authors. I know that for a great many years I had an impression of Virginia Woolf as some Classic Author who probably wrote very dry and dull things which no-one really liked but literary snobs claimed to. This can probably partly be blamed on the uneasy interaction between my mother's literary taste and my aunt's literary taste (the latter being rather more self-consciously high-brow than the former and clashes between the two being fairly common), which left me confused about a lot of books, really.

But also: no-one ever mentioned what they were about. If they did, they left things out. Things that I would have been interested in knowing, even quite a few years ago! Things like "Orlando is about the construction of gender" or "Mrs Dalloway is partly about sexuality, actually."

A lot of people - really a lot! - told me throughout my teens that I should read The Colour Purple, which I think was described as "about race" or possibly as "important" without elaboration. (Where to even start with this one...)

These are just the ones I can remember fastest. You've probably got more.

Do we just not mention the queer stuff? Is it not the done thing in polite conversation? Because really...

(Apropos of: thinking some more about Emma Donoghue's Inseparables - still recommended - and also suddenly remembering that I started reading Virginia Woolf finally because a few years ago Val said that she was a really good writer and also that there was stuff to be had on the gender and sexuality front there. And that I had this oh my god I had no idea moment.)

...and I'm going to go to class right now (and am totally going "oh my god and my teacher will have looked at my practice paper over the weekend and I know I spelt that one word wrong oh my god!" because I am ridiculous) so you get left with this mess of half-thoughts. Have fun!
marshtide: (Mårran)
Today in "things that have actually been useful in giving me some kind of quick impression of the Swedish political landscape":

RFSL (Sweden's big LGBT rights group) has carried out a survey of members of political parties, asking them questions on issues including the rights of gay parents and the situation of trans people in Sweden. They scored the answers, with -5 being the most anti-LGBT view and 25 being the most pro.

Party averages based on what they said in response:

Predictably, Sverigedemokraterna (Immigrant Bastards Go Home) scored an average -2.5 out of 25 (ha) and Kristdemokraterna (Christian Democrats) scored 4.4, while Vänsterpartiet (Left party) came in at 18 and Miljöpartiet (Green party) came in at 17. The best average of 21.3 went, also predictably, to Feministiskt initiativ (go on, you can work that one out yourselves).

Moderaterna (Moderates, the largest party in the current coalition government) only scored an average of 4.6. If you were wondering. And most of the members asked to participate didn't respond. And of six people who got the lowest possible score of -5, 5 were from this party. Wow, doesn't that give you confidence.

The others are hanging around between 10 and 14, which I guess mostly implies a "hadn't really thought about it" kind of attitude.

Based on what they've actually done (voting and motions and so on) rather than what they say, for the parties in parliament, I copy-paste:

Moderata Samlingspartiet –0,2, Centerpartiet 1,7, Folkpartiet liberalerna 2,6, Kristdemokraterna –3,8, Socialdemokraterna 9,1, Miljöpartiet de gröna 11,3, Vänsterpartiet 17,0.

...yeah.

I suppose most of the rest of you who will care about this/be personally affected by it can read the Swedish article for full details, though! Given that it's an article about politics I'm pretty sure I'd just fuck up more if I tried to translate much, though I think I understand the key points.

(Reading about politics - and statistics - in Swedish is a new, special and vaguely terrifying experience for me, so do forgive me if I'm a little all over the place... Now I'm going to resist the temptation to keep expanding this post and go to sleep.)

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