Why Are You So Obsessed with Me? the conventional wisdom of social media

By Viri Garcia I confess that I’m on social media most of the day, but I promise it’s not for reasons you would expect. I don’t go on social media to retweet, repost, like, and share things. I go on there to laugh. To laugh at what we’ve become, while I quietly panic on the inside and wonder where we went wrong. Part of the answer … Continue reading Why Are You So Obsessed with Me? the conventional wisdom of social media

[Insert Celebrity Name Here] is Not an Activist: capitalizing on activi$m really $ucks

by Anna Godek The question of celebrity culture and what role it should play in our lives is highly debated. Part of the reason that celebrities hold sway in our culture is that many of them are also artists whose work has the power to affect our lives and be meaningful. And art is certainly worth analyzing and discussing. However, we should also consider what … Continue reading [Insert Celebrity Name Here] is Not an Activist: capitalizing on activi$m really $ucks

Was Cassian Andor Anything Like Me? Negotiating Mexicanity in Star Wars

by Viri Garcia I grew up watching minorities and characters of color die on screen. Most often, these were African Americans. Every time my mom and I would watch a movie with African American characters, such as Scary Movie, The Shining, Resident Evil: Extinction, Kill Bill, and X-Men: First Class, I remember my mother saying, “Mira, se va a morir primero,” They are going to … Continue reading Was Cassian Andor Anything Like Me? Negotiating Mexicanity in Star Wars

Why Am I Watching This? musings on niche competition shows

By Olivia Bono Sitting at home this past winter break, I stared half-interested at the screen as my dad flicked through channels. Usually our go-to idle viewing is somewhere between the History Channel, TNT, or Syfy. This particular day we went with the History Channel. It’s not news that the History Channel has produced some weird TV, from Pawn Stars, the show about buying and … Continue reading Why Am I Watching This? musings on niche competition shows

The Ungraspable Light: poetry and the myth of progress

By Jessie Brofsky There’s a room in the Tate Modern museum in London that displays contemporary art about destruction. On one side is a steel model of a basic apartment building, a rectangle built up and not out. On the other side are photographs depicting the stages of cities falling to the ground in clouds of smoke and debris. In another room is a tower … Continue reading The Ungraspable Light: poetry and the myth of progress

Why We March: the story of three 20th Century Women

By Laura Kern 20th Century Women chronicles the lives of three women and a teenage boy growing up in Southern California in the changing political climate of the 1970s; the film debuted at the New York Film Festival in October, but its wide release in January brought it to the attention of viewers and awards shows alike. In the film, Dorothea (Annette Bening) is the … Continue reading Why We March: the story of three 20th Century Women

Final Girl Karla…Sort of: progress we’ve made in intersectional/non-white representations of girl power and female strength in the U.S. Teen Slasher horror genre.

By Christopher-James Llego Art by Abby Hailu The Final Girl (n): The virgin girl; the female protagonist; the girl who fights and kills the murderer; the one the audience roots on for during the final act of the film. List of Teen Slashers featuring a black Final Girl: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)* *Karla (Brandy Norwood) is NOT the protagonist of … Continue reading Final Girl Karla…Sort of: progress we’ve made in intersectional/non-white representations of girl power and female strength in the U.S. Teen Slasher horror genre.

Everyone Should be as Excited as I am for the Last Season of Pretty Little Liars: here’s five reasons why

By Aurora Rojer 1) They randomly fast-forwarded five years in the middle of last season and now everyone in the show is a grown-up. That obviously means more sex and drugs and alcohol (excellent). But it also means that the older fans (me) don’t feel like such losers watching a TV show about high schoolers. Aria and Ezra’s “teacher’s pet” relationship looks a lot uglier … Continue reading Everyone Should be as Excited as I am for the Last Season of Pretty Little Liars: here’s five reasons why

Scholastic So White: why we need diverse children’s books

By Kelly Stone When I was a kid, I didn’t have great taste in books. My choices were dictated by whatever looked good at the Scholastic book fair in school that year—books that tended to be about girls my age and whose appearances were similar to mine. I spent a good six years or so reading nearly identi- cal books, and never once did I … Continue reading Scholastic So White: why we need diverse children’s books

The Modern Bechdel Test

By Gaela LaPasta The Modern Bechdel Test  In 1985, the Bechdel Test was created to test if a movie could simply portray a woman as a human being. In 2017, we still rejoice when a movie passes said test, although few blockbusters and big budget films manage to. According to Dykes to Watch Out For, the comic strip where the Bechdel Test originated, a film … Continue reading The Modern Bechdel Test