The Wolf of Wall Street and Christmas Cheer

In the aftershock of our nation’s annual heteronormative consumerist orgy, also known as the Christmas Season, let us reflect, and recall these sage words from our dear Louis Althusser: The tenacious obviousness of the point of view of production alone, or even of that of mere productive practice are so integrated into our everyday ‘consciousness’…

Popular Culture, Lean In!

During last week’s class, we discussed the substantial lack of females in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries. Consequently, when I read Drew Filus’s Lean In story about writing sci-fi stories with STEM-savvy female leads, I immediately thought back to our classroom discussion. A popular topic for us was why gender imbalance in STEM exists.…

Beat It: Invisible Violence Against Women

Honest’s post “‘Let Them Be Cake’…Said Nobody Ever: Distinguishing Battery From Baking” immediately made me think of the song Beat It by Sean Kingston, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa, and the thoughts I had when it first came out last spring. When I first heard this song, I heard it in passing somehow. I heard…

How To Write A Strong Female Lead

Here’s a Thought Catalog (yes, Thought Catalog. Don’t judge me. I saw it on a friend’s Facebook wall, I swear) piece relating to the things we were discussing last week about Strong Female Characters. Worth a read and a chuckle or two, despite some weird grammar and a few interesting (arguably inaccurate) perceptions of what…