Why I liked Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

It’s not because I’m in India, and very few English-speaking films of any merit are released here. It’s not because I’ve played the game, ’cause I never have. It’s not because the special effects were very nicely done and not over-wrought. It’s not because of Jake Gyllenhaal (although, he in no way, shape, or form […]

Clash of the Titans: Epic Fail

I recently went to watch Clash of the Titans in 3D. In addition to the epic fail of the 3D format (it barely looked 3D, and the moments that could have been amazing in 3D–such as Pegasus flying towards the screen, or the Kraken thrashing about–were flat and uninspiring), the movie itself was an abysmal […]

Raise Your Hand if You’d Like To Be The Test Case: Thoughts on the state of Women’s Healthcare

I recently read an article in Self magazine entitled “Is Your Doctor Playing Judge?”. The article, in short, is about the challenges and discrimination women are facing when it comes to their health care and specifically in terms of their reproductive health. On the page facing the main title and article is a flow chart […]

The Naked Truth?

I found this interesting tid-bit the other day on Fox Sports online The Naked Truth: Beard not hurting sports. Apparently, Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard is posing nude (or has already posed nude) for Playboy. The male author of this article claims that Beard posing nude, as a commodity for the male gaze, is not hurting […]

Prince of Tides: Role Reversal?

Pat Conroy’s Prince of Tides is the story of a family in crisis and how the determination to keep the source of that crisis a secret almost destroys the individual members of said unit. Amazon.com offers this as plot synopsis: …it is the story of a destructive family relationship wherein a violent father abuses his […]

Gibson Girls of Cyberpunk

In my first year of teaching Freshman Comp at a local Boston college, I taught a class that I designed myself called “Virtual Realities, Virtual Bodies: Technology and Identity.” Students were asked to examine the evolving role of technology vis-à-vis human and gendered identity. Truth be told, I molded this entire class around one book: […]