When I started reading an article on New Statesman by Sarah Ditum (“Why we shouldn’t rebrand prostitution as ‘sex work’”), I was so ready to pounce with all my counter arguments in favor of using “sex work.” The word “prostitution” is archaic and harmful and all that bad stuff. Ditum was prompted to write this piece by a recent push to replace “prostitute” with “sex worker” in the 2015 ... Read More
Besides convincing my family to give up marshmallow sweet potatoes (“Because why do you need dessert during dinner?,” I ask. “Because marshmallows,” they say.), the trickiest part about Thanksgiving is calculating just how much food to make for a party of fifteen that includes every dietary restriction from non-celiac gluten-sensitivity and lacto-ovo vegetarianism to I-don’t-like-onions. This means that 15 people does not not equal 15 ... Read More
  The film version of “Miss Julie” directed by Liv Ullman, and based on the play by August Strindberg, opens up with a young Julie running around an empty house. The child is both lonely and motherless, perhaps giving some context for actions and decisions of an adult Julie, played brilliantly by Jessica Chastain, who is both desperate for and revolted by the affection of others.   The story takes place in Ireland, during Midsummer’s ... Read More
Back when Olive Kitteridge premiered on HBO, Frances McDormand, who acted in and produced the miniseries that spans 25 years of an abrasive New England math teacher’s life, reigned in her ranting and gave an eloquent interview about aging with Katie Couric. The 57-year-old actor-producer explained to the 57-year-old anchor why she feels rage and sadness when women doggedly pursue eternal youth. It was a little awkward, given that with the thick schmear of ... Read More
Fans of ethereal folk songstress Angel Olsen may be shocked to learn that her first musical project was a Christian ska-punk band she fronted in high school. “I just sang and ran around on stage like an idiot,” the 27-year-old St. Louis native says, laughing. “I wrote lyrics that I’d probably slap myself for now.” Soon after, Olsen bought an old Airline acoustic guitar, and it wasn’t long before she added a stint in Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s band ... Read More
The Babadook is a thrilling throwback to the golden age of psychological horror movies, where the real sources of terror are the things lurking in the shadows of our minds. Amelia (Essie Davis) is a harried single mom whose son Samuel (Noah Wiseman) finds a creepy book on his shelf. With its spare letters and simple drawings of a lurking figure in a top hat and overcoat, Mr. Babadook is utterly terrifying to Samuel, and it unsettles Amelia too. She hides it, she ... Read More
There is no way around it – the holiday season has arrived. Lampposts have been adorned with wreaths and sparkling lights, Christmas songs have infected the radio waves, and you are stuck wondering what gift to get your Aunt Melanie this year. Well, if your Aunt Melanie is someone who’s exhausted not just by walking the streets to buy presents but by the street harassment that often comes with it, and if she’s into DIY projects – ... Read More
After being asked about her song "Swine" on the Howard Stern Show, Lady Gaga, the queen of all things strange and beautiful, claimed a record producer raped her when she was just nineteen years old. "Swine," a song associated with the infamous bull riding and vomiting during Gaga's 2014 SXSW performance, was inspired by the strife she felt years after feeling demoralized.  During the interview Lady Gaga said, "You could never, ever degrade [me] as much as I ... Read More
As gaming enthusiasts can attest, the video game industry hasn't been very welcoming for women, and the way women are often depicted in games can be problematic. The Boston Globe reports on the atmosphere for women in gaming stating, "The billion dollar video game industry is growing quickly with the explosion of mobile gaming, but... Female game characters are hyper sexualized, and female workers are frequently subjected to unequal treatment, harassment, and ... Read More
@ellypark07 On August 9th, 18-year-old Mike Brown was killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The people of Ferguson, MO, have bravely protested for justice since August; however, after a grand jury failed to indict Officer Wilson, the protests have gone global.  A civil disobedience group, Ferguson Action, has organized the #HandsUpWalkOut campaign, which fell on December 1st, the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest in Montgomery, ... Read More
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