Harry Potter and the Half-Bled Pig

Vegan Harry Potter megafans are out there, everybody. They largely focus on veganizing recipes inspired by the books in order to be able to enjoy their favorite wizarding foodstuffs. Sometimes they ask questions about the role of vegans in the books, but these discussions are few and far between. I did not honestly… » 12/19/14 12:42am Today 12:42am

President Obama Must Pardon Assata Shakur Immediately

The big news to come out of Washington is the U.S's initiative to reignite diplomatic relations with Cuba. Establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba does have it's positives. Relaxing the trade restrictions can allow for Cuban businesses to flourish, thus stimulating the economy and providing jobs for Cuba's… » 12/17/14 10:19pm Wednesday 10:19pm

Our More Dreadful Sacrifice: An Appointment With "The Wicker Man" 

The Wicker Man is a British mystery horror film that was first released in 1973. The Wicker Man is a fascinating case study on what is truly terrifying to humanity. Upon viewing the film, it can be ascertained that in a patriarchal society, there is nothing more terrifying than a woman who has autonomy over her body… » 12/17/14 1:31pm Wednesday 1:31pm

Not Shady, Just Fierce: "Paris Is Burning" Over 20 Years Later

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary directed by Jennie Livingston that remains relevant decades after it's original release. Paris Is Burning is not merely an insight into the ultra competitive New York City ball culture. Paris Is Burning is also a visceral look into the challenges that transgender women, gay men,… » 12/12/14 5:32pm 12/12/14 5:32pm

11 Conversations You Have After a Teenager Takes Over Your Tinder

A few weeks ago, I lent my smartphone to my nineteen-year-old cousin while I was getting my hair cut. I thought she would use it to download Candy Crush or play Words With Friends, but when she handed the phone back to me, she smirked and pointed to the Tinder icon. And then I heard the "bzzzz" of an incoming message. » 12/04/14 5:02pm 12/04/14 5:02pm

Is Sir Patrick Stewart a Feminist? Make It So.

Sir Patrick Stewart is an accomplished thespian, both in the theatre and on the screen. When Stewart walks onto the stage, or appears in the shot of a cinematic epic, he coats viewers with the oil of Olivier. Stewart also dedicates a vast amount of time to championing feminist causes.

Stewart is a staunch advocate for… » 12/04/14 1:15pm 12/04/14 1:15pm

Light the Yule Log & Crack the Chains: Krampusnacht Traditions

As the nights grow longer and the days grow colder, one cannot help to think of holiday traditions. One such holiday tradition is based on the legend of Krampus, which is prevalent in the Alpine regions of Austria, Italy and Southern Bavaria.

Krampus is an imposing figure. Covered in fur, tromping on cloven feet,… » 11/30/14 4:36pm 11/30/14 4:36pm

Women Oft Go for Jobs They Can Do Anywhere

It's a basically a long standing fact that heteronormative couples are far more likely to move because it would improve the husband's career than the wife's. The long standing assumption is 'cause of old school "provider" mentality, but Alan Benson (Carleson School of Management, University of Minnesota) argues it's… » 11/29/14 9:45pm 11/29/14 9:45pm

They're Stealing My Job!

Whenever we talk immigration debate, it tends to be centered around very low wage jobs that many people honestly find degrading. The sort of jobs that everyone says "but Americans don't want those jobs". Well honestly, it looks quite similar on the other side of the wage scale too. Americans just don't get degrees in… » 11/24/14 1:34am 11/24/14 1:34am

Blood of My Blood: Mary Shelley and “Frankenstein"


Mary Shelley's iconic novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, has captured the minds and chilled the spines of generations of readers. If the reader looks beyond the novel itself, they can find interesting parallels between Mary Shelley's life and themes that permeate Shelley's notorious work. Gender and… » 11/23/14 7:17pm 11/23/14 7:17pm

Bill Cosby and Ethical Consumption of Problematic Media

Bill Cosby: accused (and given the weight of the allegations, very probable) serial rapist. Woody Allen: accused child molester. Roman Polanski: child rapist. H.P. Lovecraft: extreme xenophobic racist. Bill Maher: misogynist Islamophobe. Walt Disney: Anti-Semite. Adolf Hitler: Hitler. Dr. Seuss: drew racist… » 11/23/14 3:38pm 11/23/14 3:38pm

How to Take a Compliment Like a Woman

They've arrived. The holidays. If you're extremely lucky, you will manage to get through the next six weeks without encountering a handsy distant relative, a drunk uncle who will stain something you really like with some food-based substance, or fighting about all the things that Obama has done/failed to… » 11/20/14 3:00pm 11/20/14 3:00pm