[admin post] Admin Post: Holy moly, Hugo Awards!

Aug. 12th, 2017 03:43 pm
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We won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine!

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Ira and Susan attended Worldcon 75 on our behalf (we can't even with our jealousy over Ira getting to meet Daveed Diggs). We're so grateful to everyone who nominated and voted for us this year. Thanks also to our fellow finalists, too. It was lovely being a part of a robust ballot featuring commentary and criticism from a wide range of voices. The full list of finalists and winners can be read at thehugoawards.org.

We're still reeling a bit, but we wanted to at least reach out and say THANK YOU and OMG and WHAT and THANK YOU OMG, etc. We are super honored and so excited! Congrats to US, congrats to the other winners, and thanks for liking our work! ♥ You can find the text of our speech below.

Thanks so much for this amazing award. We accept on behalf of ourselves and the four Lady Business editors who couldn't be here tonight: Clare, Jodie, KJ, and Renay.

We also want to thank everyone who has supported Lady Business throughout the years in ways large and small, including our readers, commenters, and guest columnists. Special thanks go out to John Scalzi, whose work welcomed Renay back to science fiction. Without his books Renay wouldn't have been in the SF community to start this project with our co-founders, Ana and Jodie. Thanks to Ana Grilo of The Book Smugglers for consistent support and writing opportunities, Kate Elliott and Justin Landon for believing in our work and being the best cheerleaders, and Zachariah Carlson for being our personal Shadow Broker all these years.

When Lady Business was founded, the goal was to create a safer space for discussions in a community that was still struggling to recognize white women, much less any other marginalized identities. There's still work to be done, and change has been slow, but we are thrilled our project has been a voice within this cultural shift. We are incredibly honored that the Hugo voters find our intersectional feminist work valuable, and we will keep working to remain worthy of your recognition as we move forward.

We dedicate this award to Jodie Baker and Ana Silva. Thank you very much.
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We at Lady Business are excited to announce that we have accepted a place on the final ballot for Best Fanzine in the 2016 Hugo Awards.

This is a strange year to be be a Hugo finalist. If you've been following the Hugo Awards, you know that the last couple of years have been controversial. We prefer not to dwell on the controversy here, but if you’re unfamiliar and would like a summary, Fanlore has a good overview. After the 2016 finalists were announced, one of the original five Fanzine finalists, Black Gate, withdrew from consideration. The Hugo administrators contacted us to let us know that we were next in the voting tally, and offered us the open slot. After some conflicted deliberation, we decided that we wanted to acknowledge the people who voted for us in the nomination phase, and we accepted a place on the final list.

First and foremost, we would like to acknowledge Black Gate, a fine blog that has been an integral part of the SF/F fandom community for many years. Withdrawing from consideration cannot have been an easy decision for them, and we wish them all the best.

We also want to thank MidAmeriCon and the World Science Fiction Society for all their work to manage the Hugo Awards, especially in these contentious times. It's a big job, undertaken entirely by volunteers — fans providing a labor of love for the SF/F community — and we are honored to be a part of it.

Last, but absolutely not least, we want to thank everyone who nominated us and all of our friends and readers who support us and appreciate what we do. We couldn't do any of this without you.

For those not familiar with Lady Business, we are a group of women and genderqueer people who write about media from an intersectional feminist perspective. You can learn more about our individual editors here. If you'd like a sampling of our posts in 2015, here is some of what we've done:

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Lady Business turned five years old on March 4, 2016! It's hard to believe we've been around this long (time flies!), but we're happy to still be kicking around the Internet discussing media. To celebrate, we decided to hold a birthday giveaway for the six books we read and loved the most in 2015. We each chose our favorite book and tossed it into the pile and we want you to enter our giveaway. :)

We're giving away:

To enter, visit http://lady-business.org/#birthdaygiveaway to fill out the form, or click on the image below. The giveaway will run through March 22, 2016!

collage of covers for Bitch Planet, Black Wolves, The Fifth Season, Uprooted, Only Ever Yours, and Seveneves

Thanks especially to Ana for starting this journey with us and helping us get to this point. Thanks also to all the people who help us, who read and promote our work, and who disagree with us and help us grow as people and critics! Here's to another five years. :)
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We're happy to announce that we're welcoming a new contributing editor to Lady Business. Please say hello to KJ!

KJ has been a frequent guest at Lady Business, stretching back to the beginning. She's helped behind the scenes with several projects, included Coverage of Women on SFF Blogs and and Gender Discrimination in SFF Awards. She's written several great reviews for and with us, including The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal by Kate Elliott and Julie Dillon and Cold Steel by Kate Elliott. Plus, she's done data analysis and video game commentary, too! We're thrilled that she'll be sharing more insights into pop culture and video games with us. She'll be posting soon — attention MCU fans — so be on the lookout! :D

Onward to learn more! Read more... )
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Hello, friends!

As you may know, we added new editors to our ranks last week. We're excited about the perspectives they're going to bring to the project, but it will mean some changes in how we'd like other reviewers, bloggers, publishers, and the media to refer to us.

One of our new editors, Ira, is genderqueer. They don't identify as a woman. Ira's pronouns are they/them.

Lady Business was founded by three women and we have always been explicitly gendered. Plus, our title has "Lady" in it, so it's easy to assume that all our writers identify as women. There's been no reason in the past for us to correct this assumption. However, in the last week we've seen a lot of people refer to us as "the women of Lady Business" and other similar constructions. Since adding a genderqueer editor to the team, though, this reference to us a body of women writers is no longer accurate, and is actively misgendering our team member. We apologize to Ira and to our community for not making this more explicit when we added new editors to the team.

When you refer to us collectively from this point forward, we would prefer you use "Lady Business" as a group noun, "the writers at Lady Business", or another gender neutral phrase to encompass us as a body of writers. Thank you for helping us make our community welcoming for one of our new editors.

Renay & Jodie
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We're pleased to announce that we're expanding our ranks and welcoming three additional contributing editors to Lady Business. Please say hello to Clare, Ira, and Susan!

Clare has written multiple excellent guest posts for us, like the ever-popular essay A History of Western Media Fandom and Christ, I Miss The Cold War: Judi Dench's M, and is currently contributing to the ongoing Xena: The Warrior Princess project with Renay. We're happy more of Clare's insights into pop culture and fannish history will be appearing at Lady Business.

Ira has written several awesome guest posts for us in 2015, like Dragon Age: Inquisition -- Glimmering Gems in a Morass of Disappointment and Sites of Transgression and Bisexual Themes in Agent Carter. They also designed, drew, and colored the cute pony art that we use to represent editors. We're excited to feature more of Ira's perspective on gender, art, and history.

Susan's most recent guest post was Red, Green, Blue (Mass Effect), an attempt to convince people to play a certain life-ruining, soul-crushing video game (thanks for the emotional trauma). She also contributed one of the first rec lists to the early days of Lady Business! We're stoked to have even more of Susan's point of view on video games, manga, and super classy M/M erotica here at the blog.

Onward, to learn more about the new faces you'll be seeing! :D

New Lady Business Editors! )

Please give them a warm welcome to the Lady Business team! :D
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I could start by saying this will be my last post here at Lady Business, but I hope that would soon prove a lie.

It’s been nearly five years now since Renay, Jodie and I first started talking about starting a blog together, and during that time my life has changed considerably. Five years ago I was getting ready to start my MA in Library and Information Management; although that was a busy period for me, I was much better able to manage my workload and still write regularly than I am now that I have a rewarding but often exhausting full-time library job. Add to that my perpetual confidence issues when it comes to writing for a more polished and professional venue and the result was a level of contribution far below what I hoped for when Lady Business was first launched. In its turn, this led to a permanent state of angst and guilt over not being able to be more involved, which brings us to where we are today. I’ve been on hiatus since the start of the year to make sure that whatever decision I came to in the end would be the right one for my life, and I’m now as certain as I think I’ll ever be.

I’m sad to announce that I’m stepping away from my formal role in Lady Business. Read more... )
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Starting this year, we've decided to launch a monthly post looking back on all the things we've accomplished after being pleased with how great our 2014 accomplishments. We're big believers in celebrating the work we've finished — content production can be tough, even if it's fun! It's easy to convince ourselves we didn't do enough instead of being proud of the great things we did do. Onward! Looking back over January 2015 )
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When Lady Business was launched in 2011, one of our goals was to challenge ourselves to read more widely in areas that interested us. Over the years, our interests have shifted and and expanded, but the core of our desire to talk about a diverse range of media has stayed central to our mission, especially in regards to our book coverage. We're determined to ensure that our reading material, and thus, the reviews we produce, are coming from a wide array of people. With that in mind, and because we're interested in looking at data and trends, we examined our book review and author coverage for 2014. Read more... )
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2014 has made it all too easy for us to get a little down at Lady Business HQ and forget just how much we've accomplished in our own corner of blog space. Today we're going to shake it off, beat the little hater & celebrate all the special events we've been part of and all the projects we've begun, kept going and completed this year. Read more... )

[admin post] Admin Post: Feminist Ponies Unveiled!

Mar. 15th, 2014 01:50 pm
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It's our pleasure to debut the new header for Lady Business! It's us — in pony form!

Feminist Ponies! )

Individual ponies! )

We owe huge thanks to our artist, [tumblr.com profile] justira. Ira is a artist in fandom but also does original work, and this isn't their first foray into pony adventure time. You can check out more of their artwork at their tumblr art tag or see their professional illustration work in action at Aikonia. They went above and beyond with our artwork by helping us integrate it into our journal and being super flexible with our requests. We're honored that they accepted our commission proposal amid all their other obligations, and thank them very much for creating such great art for us! :D
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As summer on our side of the world winds down and we embark on adventures to Canada, on great new life adventures, and to the rural South for a working vacation, we're putting Lady Business to rest for awhile. Jetting around the world is tough work, so we'll be taking time to enjoy the ride, catch up on our reading and return in a few weeks with more tl;dr and opinions. We hope everyone enjoys the rest of their $season!

♥ Renay, Ana, Jodie
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After the glorious launch of Lady Business in 2011 we thought nothing would ever keep us from posting long, long...looooong posts about everything media related.

We were wrong.

In 2011, various education systems and the universe in general tried to eat us (and sometimes succeeded). In 2012 we emerge, a little bruised, a little more in need of cats to cuddle, but determined to consume all the media. This post heralds the return of the Lady Business team to serious business. Forget all that work and education stuff. Move out of the way, Life Obligations! We have books to read and television to watch the hell out of.

In 2011, we operated on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday system of shared posting. In 2012, we will instead use an elaborate and high-tech google document calendar to plot our movements. What this means for us: less structure and pressure! We will no longer be restricted to specific days and set schedules! What this means for everyone else: who knows who you'll hear from during the week?

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It's a lady grab bag, full of potential for several posts a week when someone out there is, inevitably, Wrong on the Internet.

We've missed being gabby on the Internet and have been busy making plans for posts that we really want to share. Next week [personal profile] renay will begin the New Year by explaining a new reading project she's undertaking in 2012. After that we hope to have posts galore: co-reviews (a whole bunch of awesome people have agreed to collaborate with us), tri-reviews (yes! something we promised a year ago will finally come to fruition!), theme weeks and essays. We have so. many. docs. and so little time, but we're ready for the adventure. Onwards, to 2012!
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About Renay
About Jodie
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About Renay

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Renay is a long time member of slash fandom and nerdfighteria who stumbled into book blogging by accident and decided she liked arguing with herself at length and in capslock — it was all downhill from there. Since those fated days of a failed general book blog, failed YA book blog, failed general book blog again, and a wake of dead dreams and projects, she dragged her friends into a blog with her in hopes that peer pressure will help her save face. She has come to embrace her love of science fiction, explosions, and longform writing, which as everyone knows is the most unpopular way to communicate on the internet since Livejournal ceased to be the hub of fannish interaction after being eaten by tumblr sharks and twitter whales. Renay enjoys explosions, unrealized sexual tension (later realized as explosively as possible), talking about popular culture, ladies being awesome, fanfiction, and exploding in feelings on Twitter. She lives in Arkansas with her cats, her resigned but patient partner, and her MacBook Pro.

"I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other." — Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

About Jodie


By day Jodie is one of those evil marketers you're always hearing about. In fact she’s an evil British marketer and probably the inspiration for the next Bond villain. She numbs the pain of this knowledge with stories, booze and cheerful sarcasm.

Jodie enjoys talking about media critically. For her, examining how a book or film works reveals the world like taking the back off a watch, or looking at the detail of a leaf does. Suddenly the world appears deeper than she ever guessed; she can never go back now she’s seen the beauty of gears.

This makes her seem a little weird, but she is also happy and eager to try to fall in love with your favourite thing at the drop of a hat. She welcomes the chance to make connections by squeeing over media, or gleefully picking apart that thing you hate-love, especially if you have a supernatural program to recommend. She is always up for sharing gifs of hot boys and awesome female celebrities.

He tells her that the Earth is flat-
He knows the facts, and that is that.
In altercations fierce and long
She tries her best to prove him wrong.
But he has learned to argue well.
He calls her arguments unsound
And often asks her not to yell.
She cannot win. He stands his ground.

The planet goes on being round.
— Wendy Cope, 'He Tells Her'

Is this a feminist project?

Lady Business is a feminist project insofar as the three of us are feminists and we value stories told by and featuring women. However, we don't always, and are not obligated to, engage with everything from a feminist perspective. There may be times we actively avoid it, only do so in the comments or on Twitter, or do so after posting in email among ourselves. We believe that engaging with media and culture created by men is also important since we would have severely limited entertainment options if we eschewed media by men, and also because in our lives we are who we are because of our male allies.

We focus on sharing things we like with each other, helping one another grow as writers, readers, and critics, and talking about things that are important to us on a day to day basis. We ask sincerely for you not to typecast us. Lady Business is not, and never will be, only one thing.

Why do you link to other reviews at the end of your posts?

It's best to quote Ana, who was one of the early adopters of this practice. We've carried it over to Lady Business for many of the same reasons:

The conceptual answer is that I like the fact that it contextualises what I've just written as one reading among many, which is what I believe all reviews to be, even professional ones. There have been countless discussions all over the blogosphere — and outside of it, I'm sure — about what constitutes legitimate intellectual authority and whether or not All Readings Are Created Equal. I don't mean to repeat them here, so I'll just say that I don't want to set up my own writing as the end-all and be-all of book blogging, and that I'm perfectly happy to link to another review even if I disagree with every single word of it.

The more practical answer is that it's useful — it's useful for bloggers to have relevant sites link to them, and it's useful for readers who might have stumbled upon a single review on Google but have no idea of what else is out there. I don't do the snippets from other reviews thing because I believe that context is important, and also because I want readers to click over, read a full review, and possibly discover a new blog that they love. I know that the belief that nobody ever does this and therefore links are useless is pretty widespread, but I've actually had readers thank me for introducing them to new blogs in this way.

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