Funny enough, after reading Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood Trilogy, I became disappointed in myself. My reading of Butler’s “Fledgling” is different from any of the other texts we have read in class. I really don’t want to say it’s because of the vampires, but I think it is… Vampire culture has been heavily discussed in class and through blog posts. Maybe “Fledgling” didn’t take me on such a ride compared Butler’s other texts because vampire culture has Continue reading “Finally Coming to Terms with My Vampire-Fandom in Butler’s Fiction”
be a man
This past week I attended Geneseo’s eighteenth annual cultural harmony week. I participated by attending the screening of a film entitled “The Mask You Live In.” I had previously watched this film in my gender and sexuality course I look last semester with Dr. Scott. Re-watching it gave me the ability to look at the film in a different light. I was able to look at it to notice and learn connections on what brings boys and men together as well as, what binds them. I also noticed what drives boys and men away from girls and women.
As our class period came to a close today, Dr. McCoy told us a little anecdote about her own life and essentially left us to do what we wanted with it. This has brought an idea into my head that I had not previously considered in our discussions of consent in class thus far, and that is the notion of misguided consent. Continue reading “Misguided Consent”
Testing Conventions about Vampires
They’re alluring, persuasive, seductive, and sexual. Or are they? These are just a few of the terms associated with vampires. Other conventions surrounding vampires include that they are undead, immortal, they bite others and drink their blood. Yet, these conceptions aren’t true for every vampire. I have read and seen numerous variations on these creatures. My favorite book series is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare ; the main characters include shadowhunters (half-human and half-angel), fairies, werewolves, mundanes, and vampires.