Category Archives: Popular (and unpopular) culture

If Only More Oppressed People Were White Cis Ex-Models In Their Twenties

Watching the trailer for “Divergent,” I just can’t help but imagine a bunch of Hollywood types sitting around a conference table and complaining that “Civil rights struggle stories are cool. If only they were about gorgeous thin straight white people, … Continue reading

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

I don’t know who created this animation, but it’s lovely. I keep finding myself focusing on the nose shape morphing. So: The 50th anniversary special. What did you think?

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Race and Sex on American Network TV, and in the Real-Life US

Alyssa Rosenberg counted up the race and sex of the main characters on scripted prime-time network TV. I thought it would be interesting to present Alyssa’s count side-by-side with the US’s demographics.

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Just Saw “Rear Window” For The First Time

Just saw “Rear Window” for the first time. What a stunning, amazing movie! Actually – hard as this is to believe – as of a few days ago I had never seen any of Hitchcock’s movies. Now I’ve seen “A … Continue reading

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Stand-Up Comedy, Rape Jokes, and the Word “Faggot”

The New York Times quotes Sarah Silverman: “I need more rape jokes,” she shouted nasally before letting her fans in on what she called a comedy secret, that such jokes are actually not so “edgy” after all. “Who’s going to … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Into Darkness. It’s a White Man’s Universe, Spock.

I’m seeing a lot about the sexism in Star Trek, Into Darkness. Mostly about the gratuitous scene of Carol Marcus stripping. And I agree, that was annoying and sexist and just plain cheesy and really badly written, to boot. But … Continue reading

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Over a hundred thousand sign petition against Disney’s Merida Makeover

To celebrate Merida of the Pixar film Brave “officially” joining the Disney Princess line, Disney released some new illustrations of her. In the new illustrations, Merida is even thinner than her already-thin movie version (as Alyssa put it, “what appears … Continue reading

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I’m still not buying it. The Imperials wouldn’t just lie to us.

Regarding the title, “Luke’s Change,” remember that there’s a well-known truther documentary named “Loose Change.” Also, the title of this post isn’t mine, it’s a YouTube comment, read via Andrew Sullivan.

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Switched At Birth’s “Uprising” Episode – The Best Political TV Show Of The Year

The “ABC Family” network, owned by Disney after beginning life as one of Pat Robertson’s properties, [1. ABC Family is still contractually obligated to broadcast Robertson’s show “The 700 Club” twice daily, although they precede it with a disclaimer.] has … Continue reading

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Single Dads In Film: Yay, or Yawn?

So Melissa at Shakesville was not impressed by the trailer for The End of Love, a new film about “a grieving father struggling to raise his two-year-old son alone.” It’s not that this, too, isn’t a story worth telling. (I … Continue reading

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