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... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 92: Slow as Molasses

The Physics Philes, lesson 92: Slow as Molasses

So far in our discussion of fluid mechanics, we’ve assumed that the fluid we’re talking about has no internal friction and has a laminar flow. However, there are important fluids that don’t follow this pattern. What about those? In that case we need know about viscosity and turbulence. First, let’s take a look at viscosity. As we learned a couple of weeks ago, viscosity is ... »

Reality Checks: Fonts, Fifth-Wave Feminism, and the Black Death

Reality Checks: Fonts, Fifth-Wave Feminism, and the Black Death

Teenager finds that the government could save $136 million dollars a year just by changing fonts. (via Slate) Nineteen-year-old is the first person to sue the Chinese government over LGBT rights. (via BBC) Meet some of the teens who make up fifth-wave feminism. (via Raw Story) New evidence indicates that the black death may have been an airborne disease. (via The Guardian) Featured image credit: L... »

‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) Ladies!’ : Rosalind Franklin

‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) Ladies!’ : Rosalind Franklin

It’s the end of March so after a month of fervent university work, I’m going to jump in with my first instalment of ‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) ladies!’. So I’m going to tell you about some wonderfully intelligent and awesome (do I say awesome too much? Probably…) lady scientists. Now these are only tit bits of their contributions to science,... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Sassy Sidekick, Bitchy Nerd or Neighbor Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Sassy Sidekick, Bitchy Nerd or Neighbor Edition

You’d have to really be living in your own world to miss Lorde’s smash hit “Royals.” Even the sad clown cover has been all over the place. This week’s featured song is a Lorde parody, but it draws attention to serious issues of representation of different races in popular culture. It’s called “Typecast” and it points out the limited range of characte... »

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