Music, Rant

Song Messages That Need to Stop

Have you ever noticed how songs seem to always be about the same things? There are exceptions, of course--there's only one Thrift Shop or Red Solo Cup--but for the most part, songs are written along the same basic lines. I do not have a problem with this. Generally, what popular music lacks in creativity it makes up… Continue reading Song Messages That Need to Stop

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Books, Movies, Rant

The Purpose of Sex Scenes

It's time for an awkward conversation, guys, but I care about you and I want you to be educated on this important matter, so you're just going to have to suck it up. Let's talk about sex, baby. Let's talk about you and me. Let's talk about all the good things and the bad things...oops,… Continue reading The Purpose of Sex Scenes

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

Gender, Movies, Musing, Reviews

Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part VII: Rosemary

We've almost reached the end of my series of excessive over-analysis of the film Easy A! If you're confused, click for Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, or Part VI. So far in this series, I've spent a lot of time talking about Olive's life at school. This makes sense, because it's… Continue reading Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part VII: Rosemary

Gender, Movies, Musing, Reviews

Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part V: Mrs. Griffith

Hello! You've found Part V of my entirely overlong series on the film Easy A. Click for Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV. Yesterday, I touched on Olive's best friend, Rhiannon, and the way that sex-negative thinking can pit girls against one another and create rifts between friends. Today, I am going to… Continue reading Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part V: Mrs. Griffith

Gender, Movies, Musing, Reviews

Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part IV: Rhiannon

This is Part IV of my ongoing series about slut-shaming in the movie Easy A. Click for Part I, Part II, or Part III. Welcome back! Yes, we're still talking about Easy A. Yesterday I talked about Brandon, and how slut-shaming affects the homosexual community, and why that's stupid. Today, though, we're back on women, because Easy A is… Continue reading Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part IV: Rhiannon

Gender, Movies, Musing, Reviews

Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part III: Brandon

This is Part III of my series on the film Easy A. Click for Part I and Part II. Yesterday, we talked about Marianne as a representation of the role religious dogma and excessive concern about the opinions of others plays in slut-shaming, and how that way of thinking creates a communication barrier between accusers and… Continue reading Easy A: A Study in Slut-Shaming, Part III: Brandon