Hush, hush… voices carry

Re-watching Cagney & Lacey has got me thinking about the 80’s – my formative years – lately. I keep trying to figure out how I got a lot of positive feminist messages even though I was living in a place that was so bigoted you had to be white, male, heterosexual, Republican, Protestant and a […]

“No wonder, sir, but certainly a maid.”

(Hello, everyone; I’m Rook, a new writer here, planning to focus on queer issues in film and literature.) I recently had the good fortune to be able to see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Tempest, directed by Libby Appel. I also attended a pre-performance talk on the play, about its themes, the set […]

Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”

There’s a hit song on the radio by Avril Lavigne called “Girlfriend”. Each time it came on, I listened more closely, past the catchy hook in the song, to what the lyrics were saying, and was appalled. The matter of this song came to a head when my ten year old daughter asked if she […]

The “Don’t Rape Her” meme

TRIGGER WARNING: more hypothetical examples of rape to illustrate points. Yesterday, I posted some facetious thoughts on the Don’t Rape Her meme. Today I’m going to explain what I really think. It boils down to this: Do you want a world in which women trust men, or not? That’s the only question here. You can’t […]

P!nk: Image is Everything

I’ve always kind of been a fan of Pink, although most with her newest album I’m Not Dead. She radiates an understanding of herself I haven’t seen in ages. In Stupid Girls she looks at the stupidity of sex symbols as they’re depicted– big-chested, compliant blonds. Nobody Knows is about the loneliness we all experience, […]