The Totally Random List of Favorite Christmas Movies

The best part of Christmas for me? The tradition of snuggling down with some coffee and watching Christmas movies all day; sometimes with friends, sometimes by myself. Continue reading The Totally Random List of Favorite Christmas Movies

On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of rape and sexual assault.

Let me start by saying that Reign is a great show. I started watching during the break between seasons one and two and haven’t turned back since. In a lot of ways, Reign is typical CW fare, pretty people’s pretty problems, but in others, it’s a very progressive and feminist look (even if wildly historically inaccurate) at the life of one of history’s most notorious and fascinating women. Continue reading On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

Why Rolling Stone’s Rape Story Apology Is Irresponsible

It was a story that ricocheted across the Internet, leaving waves of shock and outrage in its path.

On November 19, Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely published an article about rapes committed by members of a University of Virginia fraternity — and cover-ups by the school’s administration. On December 5th, the magazine issued a retraction in which it apologized for not reaching out to the accused rapists of Erdely’s source, a woman identified as Jackie, and claiming her story had discrepancies — aka, journalism code for “please don’t sue us for libel.”

But while Rolling Stone‘s quasi-retraction may be a shrewd legal move, it is irresponsible for several reasons — most significantly because it reinforces media pressure to treat rape charges and victims with skepticism. Continue reading Why Rolling Stone’s Rape Story Apology Is Irresponsible

This Open Thread is “Clopening”

Ah, the “Clopen.” A retail worker’s worst nightmare. It’s trade lingo for either closing the store and then opening the next morning, leaving one with the feeling that it was a waste of time to drive home and maybe having a cot in the stockroom isn’t the worst idea ever, or working the dreaded open to close shift. Continue reading This Open Thread is “Clopening”

Record Machine: Harvest by Neil Young

In certain circles, what I’m about to admit may amount to sacrilege: I’m not that familiar with Neil Young. It’s time to rectify this gap in my musical knowledge.

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Gifts for Unicorn Lovers: The Good, The Bad, and The Etsy

It’s gift giving time again, dear unicorn friends, and I have the last list you’ll need. Continue reading Gifts for Unicorn Lovers: The Good, The Bad, and The Etsy