Category Archives: Popular Culture

"I'm cute, not smart", first impressions [Intent versus Message, Part 1]

I would like all of your help on doing an experiment. This will be part of a short series that, among other things, will look at how intent and message interact. But in order to make my arguments, I need … Continue reading

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Hollywood, please stop shitting on my childhood

While on vacation, I went to see the Fantastic Four movie (the only reason it was worth it was because it was the first move I had seen in theatres in over a year) and had the dubious pleasure to … Continue reading

Posted in Film and televison, Gender Caste, Gender issues, Racism, The Evil -ism's | 9 Comments

The Paper Mirror

Go read the entire strip. Via Newsrama.

Posted in Comics, cartoons, manga, and anime, Feminism | 5 Comments

Cerise: June 2007 and Call for Submissions

The June 2007 issue is out! The theme is “The Making of a Gamer”, and we have some great stories in our new feature “gamer stories” relating to that. We’re currently looking for submissions for our July issue. Here’s the … Continue reading

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So I just finished reading the Runaways collection Vol 1…

I bought the first volume of the Runaways collection when I was down at WisCon and I just wanted to make a short post on my initial feelings after reading it. Once I finish my WisCon writeup for Cerise I … Continue reading

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On women-oriented gaming communities

Zach over at Molten Boron became my hero for the day by posting, Kotaku Commenters Prove the Necessity of a Women’s Gaming Magazine, which debunks much of the misinformation Kotaku continues to spread about Iris and, most recently, our online … Continue reading

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Reasearch: Call for Participants

So, I’m taking a class on Iranian Society this semester, and our major assessment item is a small selected-sample study on outsider (ie, people not in Iran) perceptions of Iranian society. Given my postgraduate study plans (whilst being somewhat uncertain … Continue reading

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And yet he still has a (multi-million dollar a year paying) job

The last thing the NBA wants you to think about while the playoffs are in full and exciting swing is one of its most habitually toxic players pleading no contest and then being sentenced for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

Ron Artest is, without a doubt, the single worst role-model when it comes to active professional athletes so it comes as no surprise that though reported, it’s of little concern to the sports world when upsets and game sevens are amuk in the NBA. Artest is also one of the best defensive players in the game and, strictly for his on-court performance, one of the most sought after. So sought after, in fact, that his current team, the Sacramento Kings, agreed to take on Artest after the infamous Malice At The Palace and then stood behind him throughout the entire DV ordeal with talk about “everyone makes mistakes,” “think of the children” and “second chances.” He likely won’t be dismissed from his current team and even if he is, there are always other franchises looking for a gun-for-hire regardless of how they conduct themselves off the court. Continue reading

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Batgirl fights for equal pay!

I knew that there was a reason that I loved Batgirl in the old Batman TV show. Via Feminist Gamers.

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Cerise: May 2007 and Call for Submissions

The May 2007 issue is out! The theme is getting women “out there” in gaming journalism, and we have some great articles about that. We’re currently looking for submissions for our June issue. Here’s the call for submissions: Submsision deadline: … Continue reading

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