Iowa Bill to Turn University Professors into Survivor Contestants

You can be forgiven if you thought that Wisconsin was on the bleeding edge of new ways to kill higher education. Iowa state senator Mark Chelgren has just put forth a new bill that makes Scott Walker’s policies look downright positive by comparison. As one friend and colleague of mine put it, the bill is Surivor meets… » 4/21/15 5:52pm Tuesday 5:52pm

The Three 'New' Pages of A Wrinkle in Time Are Vintage L'Engle

Many girls got their first taste of science fiction in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. The novel, if you haven’t read it, is about a young woman who travels across galaxies via tesseract to save her father. Whether you stayed with Meg Murry because you knew she was going to go on an adventure or you went on the… » 4/18/15 3:15am 4/18/15 3:15am

What It Means to Have a Wife

When same sex marriage become legal via voter referendum in my state, I’d been with my girlfriend for around 14 years. We decided after a few months of dating, that our relationship was a lifetime commitment (insert lesbian u-haul joke here). We are undeniable soul mates. When the law went into effect in 2013, we… » 4/15/15 4:37pm 4/15/15 4:37pm

Daredevil's Slow Burn Crescendos to a World of Cinematic Fire​

I had zero expectations going into this show. Part of that was because I kind of have a thing about spoilers; I don't even like to watch trailers because I'm concerned that it will make the actual viewing of something less fun or impacting. The other reason is I just plain forgot about this show. It… » 4/12/15 7:36pm 4/12/15 7:36pm

Golden Girls Legos?! YES PLEASE!

The Lego Ideas program is THISCLOSE to making the dream of Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia (and Stan) immortalized in minature plastic forma a reality! The proposed set was designed by user lostsleep on March 18th and accepted by the Lego Ideas program, which allows Lego fans of all ages to submit suggestions for… » 4/08/15 9:57am 4/08/15 9:57am

Five Ladies From Video Games Who Taught Me Chicks Kick Ass

In the 90s, when I was a spacey little kid with almost no awareness of the outside world, the idea of GIRL POWER was all over the media and inescapable. The Yellow and Pink Rangers fought side-by-side with their male comrades, the Powerpuff Girls were making superheroics super cute, and the Spice Girls couldn't… » 4/05/15 4:11pm 4/05/15 4:11pm

Do Androids Dream of Existential Crises? Identity in "Blade Runner"

The science fiction classic Blade Runner is more than a futuristic film noir. Blade Runner can also cause the viewer to have various interesting musings, mainly, what is it to be a man, a woman, a human, or a machine? Blade Runner can be a spring board to exploring concepts of identity. » 4/02/15 9:01am 4/02/15 9:01am

Strawman Inequality

A regular discussion in NYC is that representation at the top three Specialized High School Admissions Test based public high schools (which are some of the best in the city), is completely disproportionate to what the public school population looks like. Asian and White kids make up most of the students at the three… » 4/01/15 10:32am 4/01/15 10:32am

Nerdy Adventures in Cooking: Miss Martian Cookies

In addition to my many geeky hobbies (anime, video games, comics, etc.), I also enjoy cooking and baking. Whether or not I'm great at it is up for debate, but I definitely enjoy it. So what better way to pursue my love of cooking than by exploring new and interesting avenues therein? From that sentiment was… » 3/27/15 12:07am 3/27/15 12:07am

The Chive and the Problem with 'Inspirational' Weight Loss

Earlier this week, included photos of a woman with an eating disorder in a gallery of 'inspirational' weight loss before and after pictures. The woman, Anne Marie Sengillo, originally posted her pictures in an external gallery celebrating her recovery. In other words, her 'before' picture, where she… » 3/25/15 10:43am 3/25/15 10:43am

Cancer of the Lady Parts™, DNA, Taboo, and Informed Choice

Cancer runs in my family - or perhaps I should say: cancer runs my family. My mother, 2 of her 3 sisters and one of their children, both of her brothers, her father, my father and his mother, sister and brother have all suffered from at least one form of cancer. Some of them have died of it. Cancer is just a thing we… » 3/24/15 2:08pm 3/24/15 2:08pm

Marty McFriday: These Clothes Were RADICAL When You Were Young

It's Friday again, and that means another trip back to your innocent days, when boogers were the grossest thing you could think of, and you weren't entirely sure what genitals were for.

This installment is all about fashion. What clothing item made you want to ditch the playground and strut your stuff on Rodeo Drive? » 3/20/15 9:52pm 3/20/15 9:52pm

'Tis the Season to Celebrate Irish Women Warriors and Feminists

As March 17th rapidly approaches, many across the world are undergoing preparations to celebrate Saint Pádraig's Day. What a disconcertingly few of the individuals swilling various shades of green beer on that day know is that Ireland is a country with a very proud history of mythological and real warrior women.… » 3/12/15 5:48pm 3/12/15 5:48pm