The unBREAKable Kimmy Schmidt

The unBREAKable Kimmy Schmidt

Mar 12, 2015

It’s the Netflix original series with the most catchy theme song around, and the most unapologetically feminist comedy series I’ve seen since… I don’t even know when. I would like to tell you that the backlash is officially getting pushback here in 2015, with shows like this sneaking onto the air, but let’s be real about how The Unbreakable Kimmy...

All Together Now: Building a More Pragmatic SFF Conversation

All Together Now: Building a More Pragmatic SFF Conversation

Feb 5, 2015

I’ve been thinking a bit about the “generational divide” among feminists in SFF in particular, though I have a post I want to write about Tumblr feminism as well that will go into this more in-depth. There’s the camp that says we’re all overreacting, that things aren’t so bad, and were never bad at all, that they never experienced any harassment or...

One Bloke to Rule Us All: Depictions of Hegemony in Snowpiercer vs. Guardians of the Galaxy

One Bloke to Rule Us All: Depictions of Hegemony in Snowpiercer vs. Guardians of the Galaxy

Aug 6, 2014

Note: Contains All the Spoilers for both films I had the surreal experience of watching Snowpiercer and Guardians of the Galaxy within a week of each other. I can hear the cries now: but what the hell does a dystopic train apocalypse movie have to do with a MacGuffin-plot galaxy romp with a wise cracking team of misfits? What actually fascinated me most in...

Burn it All Down: Wiscon’s Failure of Feminism

Burn it All Down: Wiscon’s Failure of Feminism

Jul 21, 2014

There are two ways to change an organization: the first is from the inside out – joining existing structures, working one’s way up through them, turning like minds to your cause, and revolutionizing the institution from the inside out. The other way to do it is to burn the fucker down to the ground.  The first way is much harder, as there’s a very real...

On Public Speaking While Fat

On Public Speaking While Fat

Jul 15, 2014

I admit that looking at pictures of myself the last couple of years always involves a bit of dissonance. Since God’s War came out and I switched to a job that no longer requires me to bike into work every day, I have – as has happened to many writers – put on about 70 pounds. This is easy to forget when you work at home a lot and don’t go out much. There...

You Don’t Have to Be Evil to Sell Things: A Primer on Ad Writing & Sexism

You Don’t Have to Be Evil to Sell Things: A Primer on Ad Writing & Sexism

Jun 6, 2014

I generally prefer to stick to positive imagery and commentary here, and I may eventually delete this post, but I keep seeing these lists of “vintage” sexist ads from the 50’s,60’s, and 70’s shared online so that folks may gloat about how “enlightened” we are in “this day and age.” I work in marketing and...

Some Men Are More Monstrous Than Others: On True Detective’s Men & Monsters

Some Men Are More Monstrous Than Others: On True Detective’s Men & Monsters

Apr 15, 2014

Spoilers ahoy!   When I was sixteen, I dated a guy a with a madonna/whore complex. I had no idea what that was, at the time, being a young woman from a rural town where belittling women as sluts and whores was pretty typical. You were either “the type of woman men married” or you were… well, probably a slut. All I knew was that when he talked about...

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