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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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Quickhits: Ebola fearmongering, massacre threats, GassyGoat, who gets to pick up a gun and live?

Still not feeling up to sitting in front of the computer for too long while convalescing from my hospital admission, but here’s a few things I’ve noted filling my feeds: Continue reading

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Today in Bookmark This: Sexism in Comics

io9 | 10 Stupid Arguments People Use To Defend Comic Book Sexism Continue reading

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Today in racist body policing

Many of you will have already read about Orlando student Vanessa VanDyke being threatened with expulsion from her private Christian school for wearing her hair exactly as it grows out of her head. There is the predictable pushback in online forums about how the school’s way of (not) dealing with racist bullying in their student body by body-policing the natural features of an African-American girl is not really any sort of racially discriminatory double standard – please use this thread to expound upon exactly how insulting that nonsense is. Continue reading

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How to write about lady-scientists (e.g., stuff they cook that ISN’T dinner)

Yvonne Brill was a genius of rocket propulsion, a “pioneering spirit,” and — above all — a monster with some beef and noodles. Continue reading

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Christian college fires pregnant woman for having premarital sex, offers a job to her fiance

Teri James was fired from her job as a financial aid specialist at San Diego Christian College for being unmarried and pregnant. Clarification: She was fired because the pregnancy was evidence that she had “engaged in activity outside the scope of the Handbook and Community Covenant that does not build up the college’s mission” — namely, premarital sex. Continue reading

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The Personal Lives of Men

I’m not often a fan of the “if this had been a woman….” line of argument because it’s nearly impossible to prove, but: If this article about Benjamin Millepied being made the new director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet had been about a female choreographer landing such a role, and that female choreographer was married to an Oscar-winning Hollywood star that she met while choreographing one of his movies, that would have been mentioned in the first two paragraphs. And the fact that they have a kid together would have been mentioned as more than an aside. Continue reading

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