I’m dreadfully confused by something, and I would be eternally grateful if someone could explain it to me in a coherent and logical fashion. Why is it that, in 2013, we still have to address the fact that rape is wrong? Why is it that people still think it’s okay to blame the victim for what happened to them?

The sad thing is that I realise how our culture perpetuates this. I’m not oblivious to the fact that even our rhetoric against rape continues to promote the same mentality that allows for it. I haven’t somehow missed all of the talk about how our “hook-up culture” perpetuates this “rape culture,” even if though I don’t agree with it at all. […] Continue Reading…

The papal election has been a pretty popular topic. We finally get the first non-European pope of modern times, Catholics in Latin America are excited, people believe he’ll be more understanding to the plights of the poor, and everyone is focusing on Pope Francis’s apparent homophobia and feelings toward women. All of these are completely understandable topics considering the popularity of the Catholic religion and the influence of the pope on many of these people. […] Continue Reading…

Anita Sarkeesian - Damsel in Distress

The first video in the series focuses primarily on Nintendo franchises. It’s too early to say how the following videos will be structured.

Recently, Anita Sarkeesian released the first video in her series called Tropes vs Women in Video Games. Its content is entirely about the use of one of the most common literary devices pertaining to women in entertainment: the Damsel in Distress. I’ve seen a few of the related video responses, and I’ve spent a good portion of my free-weekend-time reading the comments and critiques people have given her or engaging in an actual conversation about it. And I’m noticing one common theme among a lot of the people responding to this.

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Tonight was probably one of the best nights I’ve had since I moved to Australia almost a year ago. It’s also been one of the most relaxing nights I’ve had since starting university again, and it’s been one of the few times where I’ve been able to laugh and feel like myself in the past couple months. I cannot tell you what that means to me; there is no price that can be put on that. I can only say that I’m immensely happy with everything that happened today. […] Continue Reading…

Over the past week or so, people have been angrily posting nonsense because Sasha Grey read to children in an elementary school in LA. Let’s break this down for better understanding. Sasha Grey, who was once an porn actress, read children’s stories to classes of young students and people are freaking out over it like she made them sit through her entire filmography of adult films. […] Continue Reading…

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