Sisters are doin’ it for themselves

You’ve all seen Xena right? My favorite episode is from season 5 entitled “Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire.” I think you’ll understand why after you watch this video: Pretty awesome right! Of course, nobody does it better than Aretha Franklin. Now I could do an entire post on Xena-crossover music, but that’s not why I’m here… Read More

The 3rd, 4th and 5th Gender

Hugo-award winner* Kameron Hurley’s new book The Mirror Empire came out in September, so in the modern author fashion, she did a virtual author tour by guest blogging on many different sites. In one of her posts, “Beyond He-Man and She-Ra,” Hurley talks about the five genders in The Mirror Empire and how she developed them… Read More

First Podcast! Topic: Representation of Women in the Media

I am over the moon to introduce the beginning of a new facet of Her Story Arc today. On Sunday, October 26th myself, Jen Stayrook, and Lindsay Ann met on Google Hangouts and recorded our conversation. We’ve turned that conversation into a podcast that covers topics ranging from the male gaze in Anime, to character… Read More

Playing Another Life — Dungeons and Dragons Learning Diary 1

With being such a fan of fantasy, it seemed odd that I’d never played Dungeons and Dragons. But it’s difficult as an adult isn’t it? We’ve all moved across the country in different directions, and booking long trips home every other week to make a group isn’t feasible. There’s things like work getting in the… Read More

Take Back the Cloth: Empowerment Through Cosplay

Halloween is around the corner and people are preparing for costumes.  It seems that walking into a Halloween store, however, is indicative of walking into a Victoria’s Secret: scant cloth and seductive poses are all that women often have to choose from.  There is acceptance of objectification of women in the cosplay realm because it’s… Read More

Borderlands Not Borderline on Women

When my fiance and I bought Borderlands last year, we fell in love.  The artwork, the music, the game play, the wit and humor, the oh so annoying but lovable Claptrap…it was brilliantly coordinated. We are now playing through both Borderlands and Borderlands 2 to gear up for the upcoming Borderlands: Pre-Sequel.  In the world… Read More