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 Monday 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 Sunday 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 Sunday 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

No, The Fall is Not Just Classy Misogyny

Last Sunday, Observer columnist Rachel Cooke took The Fall to task over her belief that the show was little more than the fetishization of violence against women. She noted the camera tends to linger for too long on Gillian Anderson's body in scenes where the show's central figure (a hard-nosed female detective in a… » 11/20/14 2:31pm 11/20/14 2:31pm

Being Black, Plus Sized, and on TV: BlackGirlNerds

Being a plus sized Black woman, it's difficult to navigate the waters of self esteem in a society that tends to look down upon Blackness and thickness. One would find it rare to see "us" especially on the telly, as reality is already suspended in entertainment due to the emphasis on women having to be the perfect… » 11/19/14 9:19am 11/19/14 9:19am

No, White People Don't Think Black People are Magical

This paper entitled "A Superhumanization Bias in Whites' Perceptions of Blacks" has been making the rounds on a lot of news sites and blogs including here, so I thought I'd take a minute here to discuss it, and how it has been portrayed in the media. Gawker wrote about the paper on Sunday with the original headline… » 11/18/14 4:28pm 11/18/14 4:28pm

White Dude Tells Black People Not to Use N-Word. Must Be Tuesday.

Mike Wise is a white guy. Like most white guys, he is of the opinion that his opinion on everything matters all the time. Unlike most white guys, he is followed by 22,000 people on Twitter and is paid to write about sports for a living (OK, so that's not that uncommon). » 11/18/14 3:17pm 11/18/14 3:17pm

Chaucer's Prioress: Medieval Anti-Semitism and Church Critique

Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales are one of the great literary achievements of the later English Middle Ages. They comprise a complex work of literature, which engages in varied modes of storytelling, a layered narrative structure, and attempts to represent the viewpoints of men and women of many walks of life. » 11/18/14 1:07pm 11/18/14 1:07pm

"May Thor Strike You Dead." Shield Maidens in History & Fiction

This historical contributions of women are infinitely more than their marriage dowries, or birthing sons that would go on to do great deeds. Of these historical contributions, arguably the most fascinating are those of "shield maidens," or women who accompanied men into battle with shield, sword, and spear. These… » 11/15/14 3:19pm 11/15/14 3:19pm

Divorced Dating Sucks: Oedipal Rivalries in “The Lost Boys”

On the surface, The Lost Boys is a 1987 film about teenage vampires in a Santa Clara, a California beach town. Upon taking a closer look, viewers can discern that The Lost Boys is a tale riddled with traditional gender roles, Oedipal rivalries, and the consequences of excess.

The film opens with Michael, a surly older… » 11/13/14 10:31pm 11/13/14 10:31pm

That's Not How You Run a College

But what do I know? I'm not a college president, unlike Lincoln University's Robert Jennings, who decided that an all-women's convocation would be a great time to tell the audience (who, as the name suggests, were all women) about the importance of not trusting men, but also not filing rape reports because of… » 11/13/14 2:20pm 11/13/14 2:20pm

6 Frustrating Things About Old Navy Plus Size Pricing

The interweb and teevee media have picked up on a social media-driven attempt to get Old Navy to stop charging more money for plus size clothing. You know it's serious when a petition starts to circle. And by "serious" I mean, "likely to peter out soon-ish." » 11/13/14 1:30pm 11/13/14 1:30pm

Bulldog Bungle: Sexual Harassment at the Yale School of Medicine

On the first of November, The New York Times published an article that brought to light the mishandling of a sexual harassment case at the Yale School of Medicine. Escaping public notice for five years, the case involves a former head of the cardiology department, Dr. Michael Simmons. Simmons is a Yale School of… » 11/09/14 8:52pm 11/09/14 8:52pm