Monthly Archives: May 2014

Enough is Enough: Violence Against Women and Misogyny as Social Terrorism

I spent a great deal of time this weekend talking with different people about the shooting at UCSB, about Elliot Rodger, about everything involving the terrible happenings over the weekend. It’s an intense, frightening topic, so when I woke up suddenly last night from a nightmare involving blurry images of guns and a man dressed […]

“You Only Like that Character Because he’s Hot” or Some Thoughts on the Invalidation of Women’s Voices

“You only like that character because the actor who plays him is hot.” Oh, how that set of words makes me burn with the fury of thousand pissed off volcanoes. Or something like that. Apply the comparison of your choice here. Metaphor, simile, whichever you like. The point is, these words make me upset, and […]

We Can All be Superheroes: A Look at Heroism, Politics, and Fixing the World We Live In

I’ve always been interested in politics and keeping track of history: after 9/11 I remember making a scrapbook of newspaper and magazine clippings about the events of time. It’s still sitting around my family’s house somewhere, and it kept track of the major news of the event itself, as well as the war following, for […]

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, Or Some Words on Steve Rogers and Why This Movie is Seriously Excellent

Five years ago if someone asked me to go see a comic book movie, I probably would have gone along with a little bit (a lot) of reluctance: I’d never liked superheroes much growing up, and Toby McGuire as Spider Man didn’t do much to change my mind (Andrew Garfield did, though!) To be fair, […]