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The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

I have started reading Neil Strauss’ The Game.  I have heard this is the defining literary work of the pick up artist movement/subculture/whatever and while I have heard a lot of bad comments about it, I have never actually read it.  With the exception of Twilight, I do attempt to actually be somewhat familiar with the stuff I say bad things about it, so I borrowed it from a friend who assur... »

Bi-erasure: Constantine

Bi-erasure: Constantine

Content description: Discusses bi-phobia and bi-sexuality. Mentions smoking. Excessive use of sarcasm. So there has been some sad, but none too surprising news recently, NBC’s new show Constantine which I’ve been looking forward to, is bi-phobic. As this new adaptation of the Hellraiser comics portrays Constantine, a canonically bi-sexual character as straight (I can scent the doucheba... »

Suspension of Disbelief: Welcome to Nightvale

Suspension of Disbelief: Welcome to Nightvale

Content description: Flashing gif at bottom of the page (link to source definitely flashes) and use of reclaimed homophobic slur. Plus a lot of strange metaphor and a review of ‘Welcome to Nightvale’. Well it’s exam season, a time of food, rum and tearful procrastination. If you want to skip the drunken takeaway nights and chill out after a long revision session (or procrastinati... »

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... »

The Sexualization of YA Fiction

The Sexualization of YA Fiction

Most people think of teenhood as a time of raging hormones and awakening sexuality. “Experimentation”, “hormonal” and “out of control” are things we tend to associate with young adults and sexuality. Young adult fiction seems to have picked up on these associations and has one-upped its adult counterpart in terms of obsessing over sex and sexuality. I have read a lot of young adult fiction. I pref... »

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The fake geek girl

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The fake geek girl

The ‘fake geek girl’ trope revolves around the idea that girls interested in anything remotely geeky, aren’t actually interested, no all they want are boyfriends. I have a problem with this. Not only does this  rely on a two dimensional view of women who live to ensnare men by any means possible (particularly those irresistible guys who view them as sex objects), but it also resu... »

The Lessons of Success

The Lessons of Success

There’s a piece of received wisdom that says we learn more from our failures than we do from our successes. When you fail, it says, you learn what not to do in the future, you learn about yourself and your reaction to stress, you learn who you can count on, you learn about problem solving and about which elements of your plan work. We learn a great deal from our failures, I don’t think anyone woul... »

Will You Be Disappointed In Me?

Will You Be Disappointed In Me?

I recently had someone very close to me ask this question in regards to taking a job at Starbucks. They’ve been serially unemployed and are getting desperate. Many of my friends are in similar positions: they work in retail, food service, temp positions, or are serial interns. I’m sure my friends aren’t the only set of millennials that find themselves falling off the path of “what was supposed to ... »

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