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Get Me out of this Forest!: A Feminist Critique of Into the Woods

Guest Blogger Alex Ketchum is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at McGill University.

Audiences and critics alike appear enamored with director Rob Marshall’s cinematic adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical Into The Woods. However, no one seems to be talking about the misogyny within its plot. Continue reading

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“Well, she didn’t act like a rape victim,” Cosby edition

[Strong trigger warnings for rape]

Jesus. This again.

Recently, in a comedy routine, stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress brought up a fact that has largely been ignored over the past eight years: that Bill Cosby has been accused of drugging and raping multiple women. Among them is Joan Tarshis, whose story of two encounters — and not just one — has some people bringing up that familiar, reprehensible speculation that of course she brought it on herself, or else she’s lying. Continue reading

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Apropos of nothing: Shake It Off

Feeling the need to shake it off at the end of a long week? Sure you are. Want to do it without watching Taylor Swift? You might. Like people with huge hair in shiny Spandex? Yeah you do. Continue reading

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VLOGGING – Rape Culture in Gaming?

Is rape culture a thing? Beyond the factually challenged fringe, most normal people would agree it’s impossible for sexual violence to flourish unless society’s culture condones and promotes it – not just through laws that force women to pay for their own rape kits if authorities think their dresses or drinking contributed to their victimisation, but also through media gatekeepers who slap films with NC-17 if they depict female pleasure, but merely give an R to films depicting violent female rape. So, is rape culture in gaming equally cause for concern? Continue reading

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“Fame-inism” for the rest of us

So. “Beyonce feminism.” Roxane Gay is against it. (Annie Lennox, too.) Continue reading

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Using so many words to say so little…

What is the famous song “Strange Fruit,” by Abel Meeropol, a New York Jewish communist schoolteacher, and most famously performed by Billie Holiday, the immensely influential and important black singer, about? Lynching.  It’s about lynching.  It’s about whites lynching black … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about that bass

Chances are, you’ve heard the much-lauded pop song of late summer, Meghan Trainor’s body-acceptance anthem “All About That Bass.” (Chances are, just reading that title has driven the season’s most pernicious earworm directly into your brain, and for that, I apologize.) You may or may not like it. You may or may not be disappointed that it wasn’t better, like I was, which seems unfair because nothing’s perfect, but there’s so much promise that the problematic stuff is extra frustrating. Continue reading

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This Week In Racist Police Profiling

Just two of the latest incidents: a Black actress kissing her White husband in front of her CBS workplace detained on suspicion of prostitution, and a Black man shot repeatedly in the back by police after buying a souvenir samurai sword. Continue reading

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Why Janay Rice stayed

[Trigger warning for domestic violence]

Short answer: We don’t know, and it’s not for us to know or judge. Continue reading

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Ray Rice dropped and suspended now that the NFL can no longer ignore the truth

[Trigger warning for domestic abuse]

In February of this year, leaked video showed what appeared to be the aftermath of Baltimore Raven Ray Rice assaulting his then fiancee Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. He was given a two-game suspension. Now that another leaked video shows him actually throwing the punches, he has been released from the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Because up until then, of course, there was no way of really knowing what had happened. Continue reading

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VLOGGING – Girl Gamers Play Online?

This week’s episode explores why girl gamers don’t seem very common, despite surveys suggesting girls make up half of all gamers. And whilst it’s a coincidence we finished this episode the same month that rape threats against women gamers roared back into public consciousness, we’re all too happy to bring actual facts and arguments to a debate where mainstream gaming’s first instinct is to smear the female-identified as a “bitch, slut and whore”. Now, onto those pesky factsContinue reading

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Quickhit: Stolen Naked Celebrity Photos Are Not A Scandal, This Is A Crime

The people sharing these images are perpetuating an ongoing assault. The people gleefully looking at them are witnessing and enjoying an ongoing assault. When you have been asked by victims of a crime like this not to exacerbate the pain of that crime and you continue to do so anyway, you are consciously deciding that your enjoyment, your rights and perhaps even just your curiosity are more important than the safety and dignity of the people you’re exploiting. Continue reading

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