Twenty-seven hand-picked links, artisanally turned on a hand-lathe before being woven on a hand-loom.  Enjoy ’em, and please leave any further reading suggestion – especially if you wrote them – in the comments!

a wild queer theory appeared – Laura Buttrick on the gender of Pokémons

There’s something about the nineteeth century… an interview with Gurminder K. Bhambra on the exceptionalism of the West and modernity within sociology

Victorian Weirdness – Sophie Duncan unearths a very curious advert which speaks icky volumes about Victorian femininity

Working with English: Gothic Histories – a new issues of the online journal on a splendid theme

Bardathon: Two Didos – Pete Kirwan reviews a pair of shows featuring the same character

Seams: Public and Private in Digital Lives – Caitilin McDonald wonders about a new term to nuance the notion of consent and information

What Queer Theology Means To Me – Alan Hooker explores his own personal sense of the term

A Good Dad Buys: The Classisism of Mark Driscoll’s Masculinity – Dianna Anderson on the hidden ideology within the notion of masculinity promoted by this Reformed “big dog” (aside from the overtly awful ideology, I mean).

The Loneliness of the Old White Male – Holger Syme explains, patiently and furiously, why David Gilmour has misunderstood what a literature professor even is.

Getting to Grips With Slithery Juices – a remarkable post by Laura Buttrick (does she write any other kind?) pondering the fact that she spent much of her teenage years writing erotica which only ever featured men.

Why does female-leaning fandom come in for such criticism? – Simon Brew notes the gendering and abjecting of particular artistic properties

The Idea of Feminism Isn’t The Problem: The Current Manifestation of ‘Mainstream Feminism’ Is – Trudy at Gradient Lair reverses a popular formulation

Telegraph Freshers’ Week advice for girls: Just don’t be a slag – Glosswitch is unimpressed to discover the basic undercurrent of the Telegraph’s attitude to young women.

Call For Papers: Edited Collection on Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Fantasy – does what it says on the tin.  Get involved.

‘voice’ and the craft of academic writing – Pat Thomson with some intriguing perspectives on what “voice” is in writing, and how to build/ discover/ whatever it.

Dear David Blunkett – Stavvers lets rip on the horrific speech given by the ex-Home Secretary which appears to blame queer people for the Nazis’ persecution of them.

Survey of theatre-going intentions throws up surprising results – more young people, more tweeting, are the stereotypes of theatre audiences in the UK being undermined?

When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink? – Jean Maglaty takes us on a tour of clothing history.

Writing for the theatre?  Be practical. – Miriam Gillinson advises aspiring playwrights to remember there’s a stage behind their words. Or in front of them.  Or somewhere thereabouts.

An Open Letter to David Gilmour – Anne Thériault thanks him for the way his interview shows up the racism and sexism which lurks in syllabi and seminar rooms.

Violence against women starts with school stereotypes – Nancy Lombard reveals research which suggests children’s understanding of what constitutes “violence”, and what is just normal life, is heavily shaped by gender roles.

Feeling Like A Dad and Eighteenth-Century Fatherhood – Joanne Bailey reflects on cross-historical images of fatherhood.

We Felt Like We Were Above The Law: How the NCAA Endangers Women – Jessica Luther denounces the structural sexism of college sports, the “hostess” programs and the gang rapes.

On misgendering and authenticity – C.N. Lester speaks movingly about exactly what the title says.

How to make the most of academic conferences – Jeannie Holstein has some tips for new academics.

Why We’re Shutting Off Our Comments – can open discussion be bad for science?  Popular Science explains their new policy.

From Tweet to Blog Post to Peer-Reviewed Article: How To Be A Scholar Now – Jessie Daniels surveys the landscape of academic scribbling.

Is there anything new to say about Shakespeare? – Mathew Reisz talks to some terrific people (though some of us may wonder about the assumptions behind his questions)

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