Sexualization In Music Videos: Is The Booty Trend Empowering?

The sexualization of women in music videos is certainly nothing new. Believe it or not, it’s been over a decade since Britney Spears was crawling about in a see-through outfit laced with diamonds, and even that was far from the first example. Frankly, it’s something we’ve all gotten used to. But the recent trend in […]

Hobby Lobby Fallout: Now Religious Belief Trumps Child Welfare

Remember that Hobby Lobby ruling, and how one of the problems listed in the dissent was how widely its precedent could allow “sincere religious belief” to be deployed as an unwarranted shield? And remember how there was a widespread no, no it just affects this one case. (That one was already false long before this […]

Quick Example: The Value of Humanisation

So during the Q&A part of Orphan Black’s Comic-Con panel, a girl called Taylor stood up and demonstrated in epic fashion why it really matters whether characters of marginalised identities are represented and humanised: Both transcript and video (Taylor’s bit starts at about 1 minute 50). I was going to try and say something to […]

Orphan Black and Sisterhood

To reiterate the summary in my previous post: Orphan Black is the story of a group of women – all played by Tatiana Maslany in truly astonishing feat of acting – who discover they’re the subjects of an experiment in human cloning. It’s the story of their search for their origins, their developing relationships with […]

Orphan Black and the Female Body

[Full dislosure - this has been edited a little since I first posted it - partly to clean up some turns of phrase, and also to correct my omission of the dance party] I imagine most people reading will already know what Orphan Black is… The story of a group of women – all played […]

I’m not playing games

I’m not a game player. If I say something, it’s because I mean it. Sometimes I don’t communicate perfectly, just like you and everyone else. But I was talking to someone recently about how when men speak, people tend to take them at face value, but when women speak people often routinely read into it […]