Melanie Wilcox is a communications consultant and freelance writer. To learn more about her work, visit www.melaniewilcox.com.

Good Grief in ‘Gilmore Girls’

There is a quote in Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray that has a tinge of truth, as most quotes by Oscar Wilde do: “It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. … Continued

Entertainment, Television

“Fleabag” and the Challenges of the Female Anti-Heroine

In Amazon Prime’s new series, Fleabag, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the eponymous character navigates life as a thirty-something-year-old in London. Each episode (six in the first season), Fleabag juggles life’s responsibilities, from maintaining a steady stream of income to supporting her widower father and married older sister, Claire, to maintaining friendships. And then … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Why Millennials Should Learn to Cook

Why do so few Millennials know how to cook? I think we are seeing basic cooking skills—knowledge that used to be passed in the kitchen from parent to child—combust before our eyes. It’s been going on for a while and is part of a larger trend toward relying on processed foods that began in the … Continued


How Baseball Unifies America in Times of Trouble

This Sunday is MLB Opening Day, marking both the beginning of a new season and Rob Manfred’s first year as MLB Commissioner.  He replaced Bud Selig who occupied the position for 23 years. Manfred will begin his tenure by throwing the ceremonial first pitch when the Nationals host the Mets in their season opener. I … Continued

Entertainment, Sports

Ladies, Let’s Celebrate Gentlemen

“A gentleman realizes that he has the unique opportunity to distinguish himself from the rest of the crowd.” -Thomas Nelson, How To be a Gentleman Read any news article today and it seems that men don’t know how to be men anymore.  Between the plethora of reported cases of sexual assault and domestic violence toward … Continued


The Problem of the Universal Life Church

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer … for carol singing and light hanging, toast proposing and glass clinking, gift giving and getting engaged. It’s true: a recent study has shown that December 24th brings more marriage proposals than any other day of the year, including Valentine’s Day. And as couples around the world tie the … Continued


Are Pixar Films ‘Sexist’?

Readers of Acculturated may remember reading my earlier post about the Bechdel Test ratings system that was introduced in movie theaters last year in Sweden.  The Bechdel Test is a tool that evaluates whether or not a film has gender bias based on the following criteria: in order to pass the test, two named female … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

The “Purple Penguin” is Coming for Your Kids

When I was growing up, the teachers at my elementary school would ask us to line up girl/boy/girl/boy whenever we walked down the hallway to switch classrooms or when took our seats in the cafeteria to eat lunch.  This was the old-fashioned way of doing things, apparently.  The Dark Ages. In today’s more modern, avant-garde … Continued