Feminism

Assassin’s Can’t Be Women?

Assassin’s Can’t Be Women?

Feminism and the video game industry do seem to be clashing a lot recently, don’t they? If the egrigious reaction of the MRA-verse to Feminist Frequency’s series in ‘Tropes vs Women in Video Games’ is anything to go by, we still have a long way to go until the gaming world accepts the fact that 48% of their community is women and therefore deserve to be represented in this ... »

Do Your Research: Campus Sexual Assault

Do Your Research: Campus Sexual Assault

It’s about the time of year when many high school students are choosing a school for next year and getting ready to take the big leap into collegeland. Most of these young people, and probably the subset of them that reads here, have done a lot of research on the school that they will end up choosing: the number of students, location, ranking, specialties, required courses, food, dorms, dive... »

Sex and Sexuality: Masturbation

Sex and Sexuality: Masturbation

So what’s on your mind today? A favourite TV show? That essay you should really be writing instead of reading about masturbation? (Hey we’ve all been there). Onto the hot topic; masturbation. You should probably try it. So often women, are repressed in their behaviour, be it politely moving away when some creep puts his hands on their waists. Or not speaking up in a general meeting for... »

A Mandatory Love for Babies

A Mandatory Love for Babies

Olivia’s musings on the social unacceptability of not desiring children has inspired me to write about much the same thing. I used to be a fundamentalist (lite) Christian.  I was bad at it.  Mostly, I was really bad at feeling the emotions I was supposed to feel.  I tried really hard and mostly just felt a continuous terror that by not feeling what I was told to feel I was going to Hell.  Th... »

Don’t Worry, You’ll Change Your Mind: Making Life Decisions Young

Don’t Worry, You’ll Change Your Mind: Making Life Decisions Young

Adults really love to tell younger people about what will happen when said young people grow up. Usually it goes something like this: “I used to think that way too, but I’m older and wiser now, and I think differently. And because I know the future, I can tell you that you’ll change your mind too!” Especially when a young person comes to a conclusion about dating, marriage,... »

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The Mary Sue

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The Mary Sue

As a writer I come across the term ‘Mary Sue’ often enough. Hell I come across that term as a reader and yes as an unashamed, hyperactive English lit nerd. Up until recently I had no real qualms with this term, that is until I began to analyse it’s frequent usage to critique female characters far and wide with very little light being shone on their male counter parts. For those w... »

YA Lit and Feminism: Divergent as a Case Study

YA Lit and Feminism: Divergent as a Case Study

I am a rabid fan of YA literature. I love it, and I think that many authors who are willing to invest in writing for young people are willing to invest in serious portrayals of women and girls as well. YA lit is often the place where the fiesty, strong heroines are born, intelligent and independent young women who pretty much repeatedly save everyone. This is where the Hermiones and the Katnisses ... »

The Conquest of Women in Sitcoms

The Conquest of Women in Sitcoms

There’s a disturbing common thread in television which stems from a predatory attitude society should have gotten over years ago. Yes, that sentence could apply to a great many things, particularly when we’re talking about the way the media portrays women, but the American sitcom has a bulging vein running through it that it doesn’t seem able to shake off. Can you shake off a vei... »

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