Feminists Angry that Wonder Woman . . . Shaves?

When we think of super heroes, there are probably several who come to mind. There are the old standards like Superman and Batman as well as newer heroes like Iron Man and The Hulk. What do all of these have in common, though? They’re men. That’s OK, but it’s still fun to see a strong … Continued

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Mean Girl Scarlett Johansson Thinks Attacking Other Women is Funny. It’s Not.

When a young girl deliberately mocks and demeans another young girl, she’s seen as bullying and jealous—a mean girl. If an adult woman does the same, she’s considered unkind and insecure. But when actress Scarlett Johansson deliberately mocks and demeans Ivanka Trump, she’s called hilarious and ingenious, instantly praised as a “wickedly funny” feminist. It’s … Continued

Entertainment, Television

How “The Big Bang Theory” Solved the Wage Gap

In one of the greatest ironies of American cultural life, one of the only industries in which there exists an egregious and inexplicable wage gap is the uber-liberal entertainment industry. Thanks to whomever hacked Sony Pictures, it’s clear the problem affects both on-screen talent as well as staff members. There have been a great number … Continued

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Should Men Cry?

Even though Moonlight actor Mahershala Ali didn’t cry at this year’s Academy Awards like he did when accepting his Screen Actors Guild award for Best Supporting Actor, his unabashed emotionalism is a welcome sign. To see a muscular, handsome, tough (and famous) man crying before millions is an important step in the liberation of male … Continued

Celebrities, Culture, Entertainment

Why We Just Can’t Quit ‘The Bachelor’

The 21st season of The Bachelor premiered on January 2nd and will reach its conclusion next week after a saga of heartbreak, betrayal, vanity, and instantly-forged relationships. Doggedly pursuing a specific formula, the producers of the show have crafted a tight storyline and narrowed the contestants into simple characters who act predictably, making the show … Continued

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‘Logan’ and the Challenges of Fatherhood

Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for seventeen years and nine films, longer than his young co-star Dafne Keen has been alive. In Logan, his R-rated and final ride as the adamantium-clawed mutant, Jackman embraces his age and experience to play a grizzled, broken-down Wolverine, a man of violence who has lost his way—until a … Continued

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Satire in the Age of Trump

When does satire go too far? When does it not go far enough? A good satire can make you laugh and make you a little uncomfortable at the same time. Merriam-Webster defines satire as, “trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly.” Whether we’re talking about the fifth-century Greek playwright … Continued

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