The Shelfie Project

This summer, I have been thinking of embarking on a reading quest that I would call The Shelfie Project. It took a while for me to get the courage to proceed. By the time I had, it turns out, I was not the only one with the idea. The ARTnews has begun their own Shelfie…

A Late Sideways Look

Today I watched Sideways starring Paul Giamatti as Miles Raymond and Thomas Hayden Church as his former college roommate and best friend Jack Cole. The plot can best be described as a coming of middle age. Two forty-something friends meet so that one can take the other on a bachelors week trip. Soon to be wed Jack…

Shopping Blues (with Stripes)

I hate shopping. There are a number of reasons, but here is the one that struck me today. My purse broke, so I went looking for a new one. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but I did hope to find something that I might like. I went from store to store,…

ABE : Psychotic Robot Butler

Originally posted on Reason & Existenz:
London filmmaker Rob McLellan;s straightforward short film ABE takes some heavy minutes out of Silence of the Lambs, speciifically where serial killer Buffalo Bill interacts with the girl in the well. The twist: gender enraged psychopath making a “girl dress” is replaced by Robot Butler looking for a human suit.…

Women Must be Sexy and Cute?

Women Must be Sexy and Cute? According to Lisa Wade, PhD, The sexualization of girls and the infantilization of adult women are two sides of the same coin. They both tell us that we should find youth, inexperience, and naivete sexy in women, but not in men. This reinforces a power and status difference between…

#Bartoli and #Sexualization

Originally posted on Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker:
Marion Bartoli at the 2009 US Open (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Marion Bartoli wins the Wimbledon championship. The crowd cheers, she celebrates and rushes to hug her father and former coach. And BBC Sport announcer John Inverdale chooses that moment to comment upon what he considers Bartoli’s lack of…

‘Dark Girls’: Documentary Sparks Colorism Debate

See on Scoop.it – Writing and Literature Oprah premiered the documentary about skin color on her television channel, and viewers responded online. Angela Drummond-Mathews‘s insight: This is a must see documentary. It not only validated the experiences of millions of women, but it showed how the male response to these cultural biases affected the women’s…

Accidental Racism?

Accidental Racism? Paula Deen and Accidental Racism   As Tavis Smiley just told Piers Morgan when discussing this issue, “change is inevitable, but growth is optional.” Deen has had enough time in and out of the public eye to have learned better, regardless of our shared disgraceful history.