Love in the Era of “Adulting”

Growing up my cousins and I had a special place at the back of my aunt and uncle’s suburban tract home. This magical room (for some unknown reason) was always called “Never-Never Land.” During every Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and Fourth of July that passed during the 1990s, the five of us young cousins escaped into … Continue reading Love in the Era of “Adulting”

Gender and Hollywood- “Joy”

Katniss. Hermione. Merida. Elsa. Blackwidow. These are just a few examples of strong, female heroines that have graced movie screens in the last decade. Regardless of the ingrained patriarchy by which Hollywood has created countless films, it would seem that a tide has turned in the way women have been portrayed on screen. Much has … Continue reading Gender and Hollywood- “Joy”

Avoid Disillusionment: Why Presidential Campaigns Matter

Presidential campaign debates-not exactly the sort of entertaining fare most people look forward to, invite friends over to watch, or DVR for the next morning. No, they tend to be for the viewing pleasure of those few political junkies, fodder for cable news pundits, and as reinforcement of political party rhetoric. But not so this year. … Continue reading Avoid Disillusionment: Why Presidential Campaigns Matter

Celebrity Infatuation: How thinking you’re “just like Jennifer Lawrence” could be damaging

You know you’ve seen it. Buzzfeed article celebrating Jennifer Lawrence’s latest awkward/funny/adorable interview. The Facebook link your friends are posting about which character from Friends you’re most like. And probably, like me, you’ve read these, clicked through them, and amused yourself for a few minutes more. With technology linking people, our celebrity culture has amplified. You … Continue reading Celebrity Infatuation: How thinking you’re “just like Jennifer Lawrence” could be damaging

The “Cool Girl” and other ways to be a woman in the 21st century

So...the "Cool Girl." Those of us interested in gender discussions online (and with our similarly-minded friends and co-workers) have probably run the gamut on articles that not only identify this character trope, but have contributed to either criticizing it outrightly, or more moderately evaluating the social constructs behind this concept. For those late to the … Continue reading The “Cool Girl” and other ways to be a woman in the 21st century

3 Questions for the Bachelorette (and the rest of us Millenials)

I have a guilty pleasure... I watch the Bachelorette. No, that's too tame. I watch the Bachelorette and I like it. I know I'm not alone in this, but as someone who prides herself on being an intellectual, feminist-leaning, Christian woman, it seems to be an oxymoron that I'm also a Bachelorette/Bachelor fan. And to … Continue reading 3 Questions for the Bachelorette (and the rest of us Millenials)