Characters, Gender, Personal Story, Rant

Sexy Costumes in the Real World

I have this friend, Mel, who is one of the most absurdly talented people I know. Her talents extend in many directions, but one of the most impressive branches of her creativity is her costuming. Seriously, the girl is like a cosplay ninja--she does things with wearable electronics that border on witchcraft. Here is a… Continue reading Sexy Costumes in the Real World

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Books, Gender, Life Update

Reading Challenges in 2014

Welcome to 2014! The thing about Drunk Movie Mondays is that they prevent me from posting about anything other than movies to watch while wasted at the beginning of the month/year. I maybe did not think that through as much as I should have, but we're stuck with it now, so we're just going to… Continue reading Reading Challenges in 2014

Characters, Reviews, Television

Orange is the New Black and Deviating from the Norm

There is a lot of media criticism out in the world that focuses on the idea of representation. It's no secret that the vast majority of characters, especially protagonists, in Western media are straight, white males--a tendency that leaves anyone not fitting in that category with, at best, only stereotypical representations of themselves. Less frequently… Continue reading Orange is the New Black and Deviating from the Norm

Gender, Television

Why Everyone Should Watch Sailor Moon

SURPRISE BONUS POST DUE TO PACT DEFAULT! Don't you love the blog pact?* Greetings! Today is nostalgia day. It is nostalgia day because I have seen no less than four Sailor Moon-related movies/TV episodes in the last week, and I just have a lot of feelings about Sailor Moon, okay. It's great. Let me tell… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Watch Sailor Moon

Art, Books, Characters, Gender, Writing

Female vs. Male Narratives in Cloud Atlas

If you haven't read/seen Cloud Atlas, you've probably at least heard of it (but beware the SPOILERS). I wrote a review of the movie about 9 months ago, when it first came out (it's kind of a disaster, especially in the make-up department), and recently finished reading the book, which is far better than the film (though… Continue reading Female vs. Male Narratives in Cloud Atlas

Gender, Life Update, Musing, Personal Story, Rant

Why “You’re Beautiful” is a Terrible Pick-Up Line

This post is going to be slightly off-topic from the sort of thing I generally talk about, because this has nothing to do with books or stories or movies or anything like that at all (I suspect there are going to be more of these non-media-related posts in April because, oops, I can't actually read/watch… Continue reading Why “You’re Beautiful” is a Terrible Pick-Up Line

Gender, Movies, Musing, Reviews

Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part VIII: And Back to Olive

If you're confused, it's because you've stumbled onto the last part of my absurdly long series on the movie Easy A! Click for Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, and Part VII. Huzzah! We made it to the end, guys! This is the last of me ranting about how amazing… Continue reading Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part VIII: And Back to Olive