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Recommended Reading: a brief history of female superheroes

Billy Steele
November 9, 2014
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Suffering Sappho! The Tortured History of Female Superheroes
by Molly Lambert,
Grantland

With the truckload of recent comic book movie announcements, female superheroes are poised to make a big splash at the box office in the years to come -- including Gal Gadot (above) as Wonder Woman. However, previous female-led efforts in the genre haven't done well, and the biggest films continue to have dudes as the lead actors. Grantland takes a look at the troubled history of female superheroes as both Marvel and DC Comics prep to give the ladies another shot at Hollywood glory.

First Look: The George Lucas Museum is a Pyramid from the Future
by Mark Wilson, Fast Company

In case you haven't heard, a $300 million George Lucas museum is in the works for Chicago. Fast Company has an early look at the project, including its futuristic architectural stylings.

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'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' review: House of CoDs
by Ludwig Kietzmann, Joystiq

The annual installment in the Call of Duty franchise is here, and our pals at Joystiq spent some time checking out warfare in the future and a rather diabolical Kevin Spacey.

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Journalism, Independent and Not
by David Carr, The New York Times

There's a new tech site called SugarString. What's interesting about another site joining the fray is that it's run by Verizon. The wireless company hires the writers and controls the content, including avoiding topics like net neutrality. This piece takes a look at the state of journalism, and who's funding the message.

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The Good (and the Bad) of Twitter's New Bid to Stop Harassment
by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic

Twitter announced plans this week to combat the harassment of females on its social network. The Atlantic examines the heart of the effort for the good (and bad) parts of the effort that aims to crack down on threats like those communicated in the midst of the so-called Gamergate.

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