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Burka Avenger: Pakistan’s First Animated Female Superhero Is A Teacher By Day, Crime Fighter By Night

Burka Avenger: Pakistan’s First Animated Female Superhero Is A Teacher By Day, Crime Fighter By Night

Pakistan’s newest TV superhero, “Burka Avenger,” is not only the first animated female superhero for the country, but a woman with a mission. That mission is to promote girl’s education in the country, on and off screen. The new show, from Pakistani pop star Haroon, features Jiya, a teacher at an all girl’s school who protects the school from various villains, including a corrupt politician and an evil, anti-women’s education magician. Jiya dons a burka at night and quite literally uses her teaching tools, including pencils and books, to foil her enemies’ schemes and keep the school open for her students. Read more on The Mary Sue…

“Orange Is The New Black” Has More Successful Debut Than “Arrested Development”

"Orange Is The New Black" Has More Successful Debut Than "Arrested Development"

“Orange is the New Black” crossed my radar very close to its release, less than three days before its entire season premiered on Netflix, and for somebody whose job it is to keep tabs on this kind of thing, that was unusual and spoke of a lackluster PR campaign. It sounded like the beginning of an old story: a creator determined to bring the diverse stories of a group of black, brown, gay, trans*, old (and other adjectives that make them a hard sell to studios) women to the small screen, manages to get a show into production at an unorthodox outlet, show is great but due to lack of confidence in the concept nobody ever hears about it except folks who are starving for those stories in the first place for very personal reasons.

So imagine my surprise when Netflix announces that in the “opening week” of “Orange is the New Black” the show accrued more viewers, for more hours, than the fourth season of “Arrested Development.” Read more on The Mary Sue…

On “Xena” And A Lack Of Female Villains

On "Xena" And A Lack Of Female Villains

If you’ve seen an episode of Xena, hell, if you’ve seen the opening titles to “Xena,” you know that you don’t mess with Xena. She’s strong, clever, resilient, and at times, ruthless. The show remains an important feminist text for a number of reasons, reasons reinforced by the likes of Joss Whedon and Quentin Tarantino. It champions strong women, but at the same time, it does not paint them as these infallible, flat superheroines. The female characters of the show, allies and villains alike, are rounded, with complex back-stories and goals that range from trying to lift a city-wide ban on dancing to wanting to become the queen of the Amazons.

But this is old news. What’s really striking about the show is just how many of the central villains are female. To date, I believe ”Xena” still has the most female big-bads of any television show. Read more on The Mary Sue…

11 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives I Must Have (Or Else I’ll Cry Nerd Tears)

As a nerd, I’ve collected a few things through the years. Some fans obsess over amassing an entire series of one particular thing, I just like what I like. So you can imagine when San Diego Comic-Con rolls around. While some of these SDCC exclusives might be offered online by the respective companies after the show, most won’t be, and that’s unfortunate considering I won’t be attending the convention this week. So here is my ultimate wish-list of SDCC exclusives. Here’s hoping I can convince a few friends to do me a solid. Read more on The Mary Sue…

Apparently Women Gamers Spend As Much Time And Money On Gaming As Their Male Counterparts

Apparently Women Gamers Spend As Much Time And Money On Gaming As Their Male Counterparts

A report shows that women gamers spend as much time and money on consoles as male gamers do, and that gamers are not, in fact, all teenage boys who lock themselves in their rooms to play Xbox Live for hours on end. Wait, gamers can be women? And adults? Gasp!

The social media network Pixwoo.com commissioned the search, and had this to say about their results: “The image most people have of a gamer is usually a young boy, holed up for hours in end in their bedroom, only stopping the game for food, drink and toilet breaks. But these results show that the stereotype couldn’t be more wrong. Not only are women just as likely to be gamers as men, but we are talking about fully grown adults who work, have a family and are in a relationship.”

Exasperated sigh. Read more on The Mary Sue…

Helen Mirren Has Some Very Specific Suggestions For Who Should Play The 12th “Doctor Who”

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We’ve heard from Dame Helen Mirren on the topic of “Doctor Who,” in particular, the casting of the new Doctor, a few times now. But she’s not done yet (or at least people aren’t done asking her about it yet) and we’re totally fine with that. Hear who she suggested to take up the mantle.

Mirren was asked by ITV’s “Daybreak” whether or not she’d take on the role of the 12th Doctor on the long-running BBC sci-fi series. She answered, “absolutely not.” And although we’ve heard that from her before, she made sure to drive the point home.

“I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who – no, no, no,” she said. “I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that.”

Although she does think there’s a right person for the job. Read more on The Mary Sue…

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