The problem of representation By Tia Lewis A few weeks after Fresh off the Boat’s February premiere, amid endless praise on Tumblr and a slew of B+ ratings from the formal review circuit, I asked my Chinese mother what she thought of the show. She paused. “I don’t know… It’s okay.” Disappointed by her brevity, I pried for more of an answer. “What about the mom character? … Continue reading Fresh Off The Boat
By Sydney Morin When emojis first started getting attention in, like, 2011(?), I didn’t know how to feel about them. I had just recently come around to adding “lol” to my internet vernacular. (To clarify: It started out as me using the abbreviation ironically, but then after ironically using it for so long, the irony turned into sincerity and now here I am as someone … Continue reading An Emoji PSA
Who they are and why they matter By Melis Schildkraut If you haven’t heard the song “None of Your Business,” released by female rap stars Cheryl “Salt” Renee James, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, and Deidre “DJ Spindarella” Roper in 1993, I urge you to put down this magazine, pull out a pair of headphones, and tune in. This song has been a part of my repertoire … Continue reading SALT-N-PEPA
By Christina Lee I remember when Fifty Shades of Grey first became a national sensation. I was a mere high school student then, trying to keep myself from drowning in AP classwork. I hadn’t the time or the interest to dive into a trilogy of erotica, or so I thought. I vividly recall the first day one of my friends brought the silver-covered novel to the … Continue reading Thoughts on 50 Shades
Why does no one know about Spotify spoken word ? By Yana Makuwa Spotify is an amazing phenomenon. For a casual music listener with varying tastes and just enough healthy snobbery, Spotify is the perfect way to access, organize, and discover a lot of music and listen to it essentially for free (I splurge on premium because I hate ads). Spotify is known as your go-to … Continue reading Music and Lyrics
By TYLER BREITFELLER
Who decided that Batman was the cinematic superhero icon of our time? Whose choice was it that Wolverine should be the face of the X-Men or that Iron Man should have three movies before Black Widow has one? Since the first Superman film in 1951, over 70 movies based on DC and Marvel comics have been made. Of those, only three have been female-led. Three. Between DC and Marvel, there are over 350 female superheroes in mainstream comics, but for some reason I can count the ones who have led their own movies on one hand. Continue reading “THE DAWN OF THE FEMALE SUPERHERO”
21st century america’s piece de resistance
By KIRA ROYBAL
Katana-cut cheekbones, glazed hollow eyes, shimmering purple-gray under eye bags — no, I’m not talking about Johnny Depp circa the Winona Ryder days. I’m talking about Kris Kidd, the “Wi-Fi obsessed wild child always on the hunt for his next fix,” as put by the LA Canvas. He is the 21st-century American pièce de résistance, or at least a really good appetizer — not that he would eat anything anyway.
By ARIELLE CRUZ
“I finally signed up for a PornHub premium account today. It kept asking me, so I just did it. I don’t know how I feel about it,” he laughed. “I mean I don’t care, it’s not like I won’t use it. Cameron already has one.”
“No I don’t.”
“Yes you do, don’t even lie.”
Everyone laughed. They continued joking about whether Cameron really had a premium account or not.
This was part of about a five-minute segment of conversation at a friend’s house the other night. Nine guys live in the house, so there is an unspoken, well, sometimes spoken, understanding that some, if not all, of them watch porn. This is a fact that surprises no one. Guys watch porn. It’s a thing.
the bechdel test, revisited
By EMMA COURT
There is a world in which women play such minor roles that no more than two are ever named. Anything that happens solely concerns men — so much so that no two women ever talk to each other. When they do, the subject that brings them together is men.
By ALEJANDRA ALVAREZ
Though few will let her off the hook for the time she spent as the star of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Shailene Woodley has made quite the name for herself as one of Hollywood’s most coveted female leads. From her role as Alexandra King in The Descendants to that of Tris in Divergent and Hazel Grace in The Fault in Our Stars, Woodley’s characters are known for their strong willed, outspoken qualities — qualities Woodley excels at embodying both on and off screen.