Category Archives: Popular Culture

APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls

Stories like this BBC News article brought to my attention by one of our readers, Sexualisation ‘harms’ young girls, have been making the rounds in the feminist blogsphere. I am probably not going to do a breakdown of it, as … Continue reading

Posted in Gender issues, Media and journalism, Popular Culture, Studies | Comments Off

Who gets to decide when women are oppressed?

This is the first post in the newly created category, Privilege in Action. Posts in this category will be devoted to highlighting and analyzing small bits of privilege that crop up in everyday life. This category is part catharsis and … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, Privilege in Action, The Internet is Serious Business | 5 Comments

Is gender inclusive game design important?

Q: Is gender inclusive game design important? A: Yes. For anyone familiar with my blog, you’ll know already that I take the above answer as a given in most of my posts. But today I got an e-mail from my … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Gender issues, Popular Culture, Video Games | 23 Comments

What's wrong with this picture?

Feel the cultural appropriation around us I swear I don’t go looking for these kinds of things, they find me all on their own. I went to VoodooPC’s website to check their tech support hours (in the hopes of me … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Companies Behaving Badly, Computers, Multiculturalism, Racism | 9 Comments

A deeper look into femininity [The Gaming Beauty Myth, Interlude]

I’m labeling this as an “interlude” because the constructs of femininity I’m about to address don’t all directly intersect with the beauty myth, but the way that they interact with femininity as a whole is a topic that I feel … Continue reading

Posted in Gender Caste, Gender Cultism, Popular Culture, Series, The Beauty Myth, The Gaming Beauty Myth, Video Games | 7 Comments

BK commercial redux: It's not about the burgers

About half a year ago I wrote about the infamous Burger King commercial and I haven’t stopped getting shit about it. Even more so because it’s apparently on the air again. Most of them I just delete, but there has … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Gender Cultism, Masculinities, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, The Evil -ism's | 3 Comments

Good Idea, Bad Idea: Girlfriend List Satire

I am a huge fan of satire. Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” was a delightful read. Irony is my bread and butter and I appreciate it when people can use it to great effect. But, therein lies the rub: most … Continue reading

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Good Children and Better Women: Lessons Learned from Nanny McPhee

On New Year’s Eve, tekanji and I watched Nanny McPhee, a British fantasy movie for children. In the film, the magical Nanny McPhee comes to the Brown Estate to help Cedric Brown, widower and mortician, manage his seven unruly children, … Continue reading

Posted in Film and televison, Gender Caste, Gender issues, Masculinities | 11 Comments

Silent Hill Movie

You would think that a movie that has women as the main protagonists would be a progressive step forward in terms of the portrayal of women in film. With Silent Hill, you would be wrong. I went into the movie … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, rape, and domestic violence, Film and televison, Gender issues, Privilege, The Evil -ism's, Video Games | 23 Comments

Baby, it's Cold Outside

[Crossposted to My Vox blog.]

Via Majikthise, Brad Hicks has a good analysis of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

There’s not much more I can say about the analysis, but the responses in comments are quite interesting, particularly in how the song is defended. It’s illustrative of the ways in which the status quo with respect to rape and consent gets defended. Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, rape, and domestic violence, Popular Culture, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics | 12 Comments