With the upcoming fourth season of A Game of Thrones about to hit TV screens, you will soon see ‘If you like reading GRR Martin, why not try these authors?’ displays going up in bookshops. I will give a book of mine, of their choice, to the first person who can send me a photo of such a display that isn’t entirely composed of male authors. Because I’ve yet to see one. I have challenged staff in bookshops about this, to be told ‘women don’t write epic fantasy’ Ahem, with 15 novels published, I beg to differ. And we read it too.
But that’s not what the onlooker sees in the media, in reviews, in the supposedly book-trade-professional articles in The Guardian which repeatedly discuss epic fantasy without ever once mentioning a female author. That onlooker who’s working in a bookshop and making key decisions about what’s for sale, sees a male readership for grimdark books about blokes in cloaks written by authors like Macho McHackenslay. So that’s what goes in display, often at discount, at the front of the store. So that’s what people see first and so that’s what sells most copies.
I MEAN ALL OF THIS FOREVER. If you ever want to get me really riled up, lets talk about TWO MALES edited a SF/Fantasy collection called Dangerous Women, and how George RR Martin continually gets lauded for his “feminism” while other more revolutionary authors are ignored, and how books about young male heroines are shelved in adult fantasy, and how YA is considered “cheesy”, and how a lot of times urban fantasy starring women gets shelved in romance, and how anytime writers include diverse casts they get told it is gratuitous and YES YES ALL OF THIS. Give me all your NK Jemisons and fuck off forever with the same old shit.
Lee & Low Books continues to create infographics focusing on diversity in media representation. This one focuses on the Academy Awards from 1927 to 2012. The researchers reviewed the 85 year old history of the institution and call the results “staggeringly disappointing.”
Since the Academy Awards was founded 85-years ago:
Only one woman of color (1%) has ever won the Academy Award for Best Actress
Only six men of color (7%) have ever won the Academy Award for Best Actor
Only one woman (1%) has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director
History is not a long series of centuries in which men did all the interesting/important things and women stayed home and twiddled their thumbs in between pushing out babies, making soup and dying in childbirth.
History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men. Writings were destroyed, contributions were downplayed, and women were actively oppressed against, absolutely.
But the forgetting part is vitally important. Most historians and other writers of what we now consider “primary sources” simply didn’t think about women and their contribution to society. They took it for granted, except when that contribution or its lack directly affected men.
This does not in any way mean that the female contribution to society was in fact less interesting or important, or complicated, simply that history—the process of writing down and preserving of the facts, not the facts/events themselves—was looking the other way.
The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, ‘We can’t give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because Anchorman had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, ‘You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.’ And they eventually had to back down.
The head-turning Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie is a towering 6ft 3in tall and admits she often felt she couldn’t relate to women on the big screen because of her Amazonian frame, but is now relishing the opportunity to play a tough, fierce warrior in the medieval fantasy drama.
She said: “It’s really vitally important to me the way women are portrayed. As someone who has always felt at times pretty genderless because of my size, it interests me to challenge ideas of prejudice and femininity, and what it is to be a woman.”
The towering actress reveals that she had numerous setbacks in her career before landing a prized role as Brienne of Tarth in the hit show, adding: “I found it so frustrating, particularly at the beginning, because I would be told, ‘Sorry love, you’re too tall.’ At one stage I was like, ‘I’ll give this another six months and if this persists, ‘I’ll become a nun.’ “
For her role as warrior Brienne, Gwendoline trained how to fight with swords and ride horses and says it’s “empowering” to know she can “break a man’s nose with my elbow.”
"I do all my own stunts and come away with bruises and scratches. After one scene I was absolutely covered in bruises all down one leg and up one arm. But it’s worth it. It’s quite fun. I enjoy knocking around with the boys."
I cannot get enough of this woman. She deserves all the awards.
Brienne is amazing, Gwendoline is amazing. Such a good casting. She does deserve all the awards.
When I got these messages I nearly cried because I felt so bad for her.
And people still wonder why I’m very Anti-Brony.
Its seriously shit like this that makes me want to vomit every time I see a Brony related thing.
Because, Bronies have no fucking feels for people other than themselves and their precious ‘fandom’.
Seriously, FUCK BRONIES.
This is so important.
Listen, what you do for funsies is your own business, but have the sense to LOCK IT UP.
I’ll go one step further and say this:
This is a CHILDREN’S show. For LITTLE GIRLS. By creating pornography and spreading it around on the internet where KIDS can see it, you are effectively pushing them out of the thing that was created FOR them, while simultaneously exposing them to graphic sexual content.
You can kick and scream all you want about how women are stealing your video games and jobs and whatever else, but you’re literally taking the one good thing that young girls have and destroying it with your filth. And yes, it is filth.
Make 2014 the year that pornified ponies die, along with anyone who creates them or gets their rocks off to them.
When a man set up a fake internet dating profile pretending to be female, he set out to prove a point about how easy women have it when searching for an online match.
However, his experiment backfired when – just two hours later – he was forced to delete his account because of an ‘onslaught’ of unwanted attention.
Bombarded with explicit and intimidating messages, the man was so shocked he shared his experience in an online forum for women on reddit.
He said: ‘Guys were full-on spamming my inbox with multiple messages before I could reply to even one asking why I wasn’t responding and what was wrong.
Within a two-hour span it got me really down and I was feeling really uncomfortable with everything. I figured I would get some weird messages here and there, but what I got was an onslaught of people who were, within minutes of saying hello, saying things that made me – as a dude who spends most of his time on 4chan [the popular online imageboard] - uneasy.
I came away thinking that women have it so much harder than guys do when it comes to that kind of stuff.’
Oh look another instance of not accepting women’s experiences as valid until they “experience” it for themselves.
this dude is gonna get praise and other dudes are gonna be like “wow i never thought about it like that” even though WE LITERALLY WRITE/TALK/YELL/SING/ETC ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME. I’m so fucking sick of this “social experiment let me pretend to be the people i shit on daily haha OH WAIT THIS SUCKS???” bullshit.
Un homme a décidé de se créer un faux profil sur un site de rencontre en se faisant passer pour une femme, afin de démontrer qu’il était plus facile pour les femmes de rencontrer quelqu’un sur Internet.
Mais son expérience s’est retournée contre lui, quand seulement deux heures plus tard, il a été forcé de supprimer son compte, face à un “assaut” de commentaires déplacés.
Bombardé de messages explicites et intimidant, l’homme était si choqué qu’il a décidé de partager son expérience sur un forum de reddit dédié aux femmes.
Il dit que “les mecs ont complètement spammé ma messagerie avec de nombreux messages avant que je puisse seulement répondre à l’un deux me demandant pourquoi je ne répondais pas et quel était le problème.
En l’espace de deux heures, j’étais vraiment démoralisé et je me suis senti très mal à l’aise avec tout ça. Je pensais bien recevoir quelques messages bizarres ça et là, mais ce que j’ai reçu était un véritable assaut de mecs qui, quelques minutes après m’avoir dit bonjour, m’ont dit des trucs qui (pour un mec qui passe la plupart de son temps sur 4chan) m’ont mis mal à l’aise.
Au final, je pense que ce genre de truc est beaucoup plus difficile pour les femmes que pour les hommes.”
En commentaire “Encore un exemple de mec qui ne considère pas les expériences de femmes comme valides jusqu’à ce qu’il en “fasse l’expérience” par lui-même”.
Misogyny is the hatred of women. It differs from sexism in that while sexism implies patriarchal domination inferring inferior status on women or female-identified (and not biologically essentialist here) persons who may not use the label “woman,” misogyny speaks to the individual, social and cultural hatred of women based on that presumed inferiority. Misogyny isn’t just insults though (as no system of oppression is) and is in fact institutionalized. Examples of said institutionalization are clearly seen in how rape culture manifests in the media, the criminal justice system, and legislation. Or marketing for beauty, food and diets. Or products like video games. It’s more than a man calling a woman a “whore,” though that insult operates beyond an individual level when a man can rape a woman, say she is a whore and not be convicted or even arrested for it.
Unlike sexism or racism where men and Whites proliferate them, respectively, and benefit from them (since institutions supports them) and at most, women and Blacks, respectively, can internalize it and project it but have no institutional power associated with it, misogyny can be proliferated by anyone (i.e. anyone can proliferate rape culture via victim blaming), and when they have other privilege (i.e. White or male privilege) it becomes especially perilous. This is how White women and Black men, for example, can proliferate anti-Black misogyny (misogynoir) against Black women, though White women cannot be sexist or Black men be racist, by definition. Them proliferating this specific misogyny reveals racism and internalized sexism on the White woman’s part and sexism and internalized racism on the Black man’s part. Of course the key to anti-Black misogyny has been White men. Literally every manifestation of stereotypes and controlling images used to oppress Black women via anything from appearance to sexuality have been historically proliferated and capitalized on (pun intended) by White men, including them establishing White womanhood as diametrically opposed to Black womanhood. Black women ourselves can also proliferate anti-Black misogyny as an expression of learned self-hatred or through binaries created because of the politics of respectability.
Misogyny dehumanizes women in, general. Anti-Black misogyny (which functions because of racism, sexism and White supremacy) makes Black women “not human” and thereby worthy of hatred and abuse yet White women the standard of humanity that Black women should aspire to.
Misogyny makes men’s “natural” angered reactions to women include the word “bitch” where their privilege and power makes it different from women who seek to reclaim that word and use between each other. Anti-Black misogyny creates other oppressive slurs, where even “black” itself becomes a pejorative. “Black bitch.” “Nigger bitch.”
Misogyny explains the slut shaming of Miley Cyrus. Anti-Black misogyny makes Miley Cyrus an “innocent” White woman exploring her sexuality while using Black women’s culture and bodies as costumes to be tossed once bored and reinforces stereotypes about Black women’s sexuality as “deviant" and ultimately distant from her own, as something "possessing" her during her "coming of age" era as she continues her eat, pray, love syndrome of culture slumming to evolve into peak “experienced” Whiteness when older.
Misogyny makes women’s bodies objects, not a physical expression of whole human beings. Anti-Black misogyny makes Black women’s bodies objects for breeding, sex or spectacle. It means open voyeurism—whether Sara Baartman of the past, the decade plus of comments on Serena Williams’ body or a recent event where a Black woman was treated as an object to gawk at (beyond her clothing) by literally everyone (including White women) in a public space in New York—is considered a normal reaction to specific Black female bodies. And all of this occurs while thin White female bodies are presented as the ideal. Where any Black women’s nudity or dancing is deemed “hypersexual” yet White women’s nudity or dancing has room for nuance is anti-Black misogyny.
Misogyny makes the exploitation of women’s labor (through sexism being the reason for lower wages) worse by including the rationalization of sexual harassment, abuse in the workplace and global exploitation of women’s work. Anti-Black misogyny means that on top of lower wages than White women, Black women cannot cry in the workplace (Black Tears™ don’t work or exist like White Tears™ do) and use that as a source of power and face stereotypes of being “angry” (connected to dehumanization where we aren’t deemed “real” women) which limits our voices being heard, positions we are offered or recourse against abuse from Whites in the workplace.
Misogyny supporting rape culture is why women are raped and rarely receive justice. It’s why 97% of rapists won’t spend a day in jail. Anti-Black misogyny means that the legacy of perceiving Black women as automatically “unrapeable” and as “whores” because of how White supremacy (myth of the purity of White womanchood) and racism (stereotypes about Black womanhood made to justify centuries of rape, exploitative body experimentation and abuse) work together to justify slavery and build capitalism still persists today and shapes conversation on rape where the victim is usually framed as a White teen or college co-ed.
Misogyny makes sex work highly demanded yet women, both cis and trans, devalued as sex workers. Anti-Black misogyny is why the media default image for a “prostitute” (where sex work is degraded on screen) is a Black woman especially when juxtaposed to a “purer” White woman. Anti-Black misogyny (or racism’s impact on transmisogyny) coupled with transphobia is why Black trans women face the highest rate of violence related to this industry or other underground economies.
Misogyny makes reproductive freedom a “debatable” issue for primarily cis hetero men to decide for women and other people who can get pregnant. Anti-Black misogyny makes people think it’s okay to call Black women’s (and other Black people who can get pregnant; not all are cis hetero women) wombs “unsafe” despite centuries of reproductive injustice via rape, forced breeding, obstetric experimentation and sterilization as core issues.
Misogyny makes violence against women a consistent problem in our society. Anti-Black misogyny is why videos of Black women being violently hit or abused are deemed “funny,” why Black women experience higher incidents of violence from intimate partners, why Black women are believed to experience less pain in childbirth despite no evidence (which connects to Black people’s pain, in general, being ignored or deemed non existent), and why cops regularly abuse pregnant Black women who are only viewed as a race and not a gender also.
Misogyny reduces women to stereotypes in a similar fashion to bodily objectification. Anti-Black misogyny is why there are no White stereotypes or controlling images to match these that are used to marginalize and oppress Black women: mammy, Sapphire, Jezebel, welfare queen, matriarch (as a racialized pejorative), angry Black woman, Strong Black Woman. It’s why despite a legacy of always working, even when we didn’t own our wages or our bodies, stereotypes like “welfare cheat” and “gold digger” are presented as Black women by default. And TV tropes about Whites do not parallel to these. Tropes are not used to control and oppress Whites in every sphere. This is beyond just media.
Misogyny encapsulates the hateful abuse that is oppressive towards women. Anti-Black misogyny, however, is shaped as something Black women deserve or should endure as White women are posited as the true victims of misogyny.
And this is only a start; I really could continue for a while here…
The impact of racism on misogyny is historical, present and clear. To deny the specific impact of misogyny on Black women, beyond what all women face is to deny differences. It is to deny that at the intersections, experiences differ; how oppression manifests differs. It is to deny that while all women face sexism and misogyny, White womanhood is still constructed as the ideal of which Black women are not (and even when other women of colour are considered, Black women are placed at the bottom of a sliding scale of worth and beauty; dark women are placed at the bottom), and that Black women should face different social, cultural, and institutional punishment for not being White women.
It’s different from general racism because Black men’s male privilege prevents them from experiencing some of what Black women experience specifically because we are also women. While there are stereotypes and controlling images that impact Black men’s sexuality as well, many of them are rejected intraracially and viewed as an assault on Black male masculinity while the ones against Black women are accepted and even used against Black women by Black men. Black men can engage in anti-Black misogyny that impacts their response to violence against Black women, whether or not they engage in street harassment, how heterosexual ones perceive Black women as potential partners, and whether or not they can even empathize with Black women without immediate parallels to the racism that they experience needing to be made. White women engage in anti-Black misogynistic actions quite often yet ignore the culpability here because they also face general misogyny. When Sandra Fluke being degraded is a problem but Quvenzhané Wallis being degraded is a joke, anti-Black misogyny is the culprit. Anti-Black misogyny, or misogynoir, is very real…and it is oppression.
Released every January, the Celluloid Ceiling Report is compiled by looking at credits of the top 250 American films made in the previous year. In 2013, women accounted for 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors, a decrease of two percentage points since 2012 and a decrease of one since 1998. Yes, 1998 was sixteen years ago. I know, it’s almost as shocking as these figures. 16% is 4 to 6 percentage points better, by the way, than the average percentage of women working for DC and Marvel these days. And no, that doesn’t make it better.
"I need feminism because… I’m tired of being one of 3 women at my Fire Department!"
I’m tired of third wave feminism being so obsessed with equality in every single aspect of life… that they are compromising the safety of others. Did you know that the Australian Fire Department has relaxed its fire service strength and fitness tests just for women because most of them could not even complete the bare minimum required for acceptance? That’s right. Women wanted jobs in the fire department, but because they couldn’t pass the required strength tests they threw a temper tantrum and as a result the government relaxed the entry conditions.
Do you realise what the implications of this are? Imagine a Fire Brigade being forced to hire a number of women because they qualified under the relaxed strength and fitness test (and not hiring them would therefore be discrimination). Now image that same Fire Brigade being called out to a building that is on fire. If there were unconscious occupants still in that building, the only chance of survival for them would be if a fireman pulls them to safety. Now what if one of the female firemen finds two, middle aged men unconscious on the second storey? What if she was one of the many women who could only pass the relaxed strength test because the original was too tough for her? After a long struggle she’ll eventually heave maybe one man out of the building before the fire consumes it… in the same amount of time it would have taken her male colleague to bring out both men.
The Fire Brigade strength and fitness tests weren’t designed to exclude women… They were designed to ensure the safety of those in danger! They were designed to ensure that the rescuers were physically capable of rescuing!! Do you notice how men have little hips and big shoulders? Not only is it cute, it makes them 1000x more efficient at lifting and carrying heavy loads than compared to a woman of the same height and weight. That isn’t a result of patriarchy, that is the result of biology and human anatomy, so go sue Mother Nature if you think it is sexist.
Lowering the strength standards has put innocent lives in jeopardy. It has nothing to do with real equality, and everything to do with something as trivial as male:female ratios in certain fields of service. Guess what? It is all because of deluded third wave feminists who consistently fail to look at the bigger picture and are so consumed by their victim complexes and their delusion of being oppressed by the patriarchy that they can’t comprehend the harsh reality of any given situation.
^Same reason why combat units in our military should not relax their standards just so women have an easier time getting into those units.
What the FUCK
Why do some people have the ridiculous, idiotic, misogynist notion that women are not as strong as men? What the fuck?
That Fire Brigade Bullshit probably happened because the only women to apply weren’t physically fit.
But lemme explain to you a thing. Lemme explain to you ALLa thing.
WOMEN ARE NOT WEAKER THAN MEN.
WOMEN ARE NOT WEAKER THAN MEN.
WOMEN ARE NOT WEAKER THAN MEN
SOCIETY JUST TELLS THEM THAT THEY ARE WHICH CAUSES THEM TO LOSE CONFIDENCE, CAUSING THEM TO BE WEAKER.
My dad is a deputy fire chief, and he would have some choice words for the first two responses. He has more than 35 years of experience. He first started in an entry-level position and rose through the ranks, with about eight years outside of a fire department when he was working as a senior investigator and policy analyst at the Office of the Fire Marshall. He also makes a huge effort to hire women, which unfortunately meets with a lot of resistance within the department—by the same people who are also extremely against hiring people of colour or people who aren’t heterosexual. It’s funny how easily bigotry fits into rhetoric of “safety,” isn’t it?
Firstly, women firefighters have to pass the same physical exam as men. A lot men of don’t pass it. A lot of women don’t pass it. But any woman becoming a firefighter has necessarily fulfilled the safety requirements her fitness entails. A lot of women pass the test. Unfortunately, not a lot of women actually apply, because of shitty idiotic attitudes like this. And yes, women often do better on the tests than men. It isn’t the case at all that all men do better than all women who apply. Fuck you for suggesting that.
Secondly, guess what, dipshit. There’s a lot more than goes into putting out fires and rescuing people than brute strength. That’s why there’s a lot of education as well as psychological exams that go into hiring firefighters. And it might stagger you to realize that when you’re talking about entering burning buildings and other hazardous environments, having only a bunch of people with the exact same build and physique is a huge safety risk. You know why the (equally strong, equally smart) women on my dad’s force are such an asset to the team? Because they tend to fit places that men can’t—like through a schoolbus window last month that was inaccessible to almost every firefighter present. My dad says the most effective partners have complementary builds. This often means pairing a woman with a man, as it did in this case. This particular pair often works like this: the man helps move the woman to a place he can’t fit (sometimes literally throwing her through a window). If there hadn’t been a woman, the casualties would have been much higher. And that’s just one example. It’s never a disadvantage to have people of different shapes and sizes, all fully trained and all meeting the same physical requirements of the job, who can contribute differently.
Thirdly, I’m assuming these idiots regard muscled young white men carrying women and children over each shoulder as the Platonic form of firefighter. But it may astonish you to know that in a fire, smoke kills first. You fucking asphyxiate. That’s one reason firefighters never carry people over their shoulder (the other being that it’s extremely dangerous to deadlift a limp body when you’re wearing 80 pounds of equipment—try doing that and you’re more than likely adding to the amount of victims who need to be rescued). If you hold people up to the ceiling, they fucking asphyxiate. Obviously. So you watch too much TV if you think that’s basically the job. How do firefighters evacuate victims from burning buildings? They drag them along the floor. This is so they don’t suffocate the victim, they lead the way first to safety, and they can fully fucking see and manoeuvre through the hazardous environment. I am not strong. I am not in good shape. I could never be a firefighter without some serious physical training (unlike a ton of other women I know, and like a lot of men). Guess what. Even I can drag my 200-pound, tall, male firefighter father across the floor.
You’re not looking out for people’s safety. You’re upholding misogyny and assuming you know what you’re talking about. We do need feminism in firefighting, because it’s a fucking cesspool of white supremacist patriarchal homophobic cisphobic anti-immigrant privilege good old boys’ clubbullshit. It’s based on nothing but prejudice, and emergency services should fairly represent the population they’re paid handsomely to defend. Thankfully, people are slowly steering away from this. There are more and more women becoming firefighters, and last month, a woman joined a neighbouring department to my dad’s as a deputy chief. She passed the tests. She has experience and a sterling record. She also has a Master in Gender Studies, and she’s not very big.
Bolded the part that points out you don’t even want a group of people who all have the same characteristics and strengths and motivations involved in saving lives for both obvious and less obvious reasons (well, if you’re a cisgender, straight, white, able-bodied, and/or otherwise privileged.)
It sickens me to read the comments on this video and see all the people who don’t believe that this is how things are.
Because let me tell you, this is accurate. Powerful men are assumed to be strong, intelligent leaders, while powerful women are seen as bossy and mean. Furthermore, successful men are assumed to have achieved their success through ability, while successful women are just seen as lucky.
There is such a double standard and I’m so upset about how many people don’t realize that it exists
(props to the company for using this as their ad though, I’m impressed that they did that, and it’s really important to point out)
The really horrible thing is that I still can’t stop seeing this.
How bodies look and are used, how much space they take up, is important because of the ideas they convey. And the way they drive corporate profits. We spent billions of dollars (Disney alone makes in excess of $4 billion on the princess market) a year telling girls to take up less and less space. And we are telling boys to take up far more.
· “Females are almost four times as likely as males to be shown in sexy attire. Further, females are nearly twice as likely as males to be shown with a diminutive waistline. Generally unrealistic figures are more likely to be seen on females than males.
· Males outnumber females 3 to 1 in family films. In contrast, females comprise just over 50% of the population in the United States. Even more staggering is the fact that this ratio, as seen in family films, is the same as it was in 1946.”
Or, these conclusions, recently reported in an ABC news report on the topic:
· “Twenty years ago, the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less. ““Most runway models meet the body mass index criteria for anorexia.” This piece closed by pointing out that model Beverly Johnson, who hovered between a size 4 and 6 at the peak of her career in the ’90s, would be considered plus-size today.
· Like girls, in greater and greater numbers, boys are experiencing a disconnect between how they look and what is healthy. We aren’t even talking about violence as a foundational constituent of how we define being a “real” man. Our ideas about masculinity are inseparably enmeshed with male physical dominance and brute strength.
· The imposition of these gender ideas starts at birth. A 2005 study found that parents of 3-year-olds worry that their boys don’t eat enough and that their girls eat too much. That is depressing beyond words.
So, visually, in our mass media—everything from cartoons to our top grossing movies—girls and women (generally speaking, thin and white) are physically diminished and boys and men are grossly expanded…in space, bodily.
Visualized gender and race stereotypes represent, reflect, and create societal norms and interactions. And power dynamics. But, these distortions go far beyond the visual: We are saying to our girls, empty yourselves, lack substance, embody frailty, have no core or centrality. Be as small as possible and we will love you more. To boys we say, take up more room, more than is good for you or that you need. Be as big as possible. Fill yourself. Dominate space disproportionately. Go to a park, walk around and see how people are sitting in relationship to one another. This becomes even more blatant in the United States when you consider how, for women, ideas about thinness, fatness, and health are complicated by race. Our understanding and reporting of girls’ eating disorders and body expectations, ideas, and stereotypes are racially biased. As Alice Randall explained last year, “Chemically, in its ability to promote disease, black fat may be the same as white fat. Culturally it is not.”
♥ Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials;
♥ Margaret Atwood (especially the Mad Adam series & The Handmaid's Tale);
♥ The Hunger Games;
♥ The X-Files;
♥ (Mostly) everything Joss Whedon; and
♥ Unicorns, narwhals, time travel & zombies (not necessarily in that order).
Also, I'd rather pretend that season 6 of Lost never happened, and that Alias ended with the 2003 Superbowl episode.