31 Days of Halloween — Day 20, Possessed Pregnancies

It’s not hard to understand how pregnancy can be a source of angst and dread. Even in wanted pregnancies, there are very real fears, from the healthy development of the fetus to the specter of maternal and/or fetal death. Women are bombarded with warnings, directions, and horror stories full of “what ifs” and “could happens.” Hormones interrupt sleep and cause emotional swings. The pregnant body becomes community property, constantly prodded and poked by health care professionals and touched and focused on by friends (sometimes tolerable) and strangers (hardly ever). Everyone watches you. Everyone tells you what to do. Nothing you do, nowhere you go, nothing you consume, is solely yours anymore – if there’s not some well-meaning busybody telling you what you should or shouldn’t be putting in your body, there’s the internal pressure of every stinking baby book consumed reminding you that anything you do could harm your child at any moment. Read More 31 Days of Halloween — Day 20, Possessed Pregnancies

Retro Recap: Torchwood “Children of Earth, Day One”

So you think that Torchwood couldn’t break your heart anymore, huh? Not after the season two finale that left two beloved characters dead and Torchwood adrift, right? To borrow from another fantasy series, “Oh, my sweet summer child!” Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood “Children of Earth, Day One”

Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.11, “Adrift”

I would like to think that Newton’s Law of Motion applies to many things, not just science. It’s a useful metaphor for life and plots of our favorite TV shows. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.11, “Adrift”

Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.09 “Something Borrowed”

So, after the angst, heartbreak and heavy themes of the last three episodes, the series does a complete 180 and delivers an episode that can only be described as silly. As the title suggests, it deal with a wedding: Gwen and Rhys’, to be exact. Though it’s rather a jarring about face after the story arc of Owen’s death and life after death, it’s nice to have some levity every once and awhile in the series. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.09 “Something Borrowed”

Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.04, “Meat”

I feel like this episode was a turning point in the show and it’s one I feel fans either love or hate. I think the viewers’ feelings are based on whether you think Jack/Gwen is perfect or if you think the chemistry is forced and gets in the way of Ianto/Jack. We see Rhys go from a goober of a boyfriend to something bordering on three-dimensional. Before, he was the Torchwood equivalent of a red shirt; useful plot device, but ultimately disposable. The dialogue is snappy and the episode contains one of my favorite Ianto one-liners. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.04, “Meat”

Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.02, “Sleeper”

After a fantastic season opener, the second episode of the season is generally a bit of a letdown and I honestly do feel that way a bit about “Sleeper,” though it does open up the potential for a larger story arc later in the season. This episode also is the start of one of my favorite things about Season 2: the introduction of Ianto as the King of One-Liners and Snark. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 2.02, “Sleeper”

Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 1.02, “Day One”

What’s a really good subject to focus on for your show’s second episode? Well, sex. One of the major themes of the entire series is sexuality and gender fluidity and the introduce this theme right off the bat. This episode offers an interesting metaphor about society’s underlying fear of virulent female sexuality with a life form that literally kills with sex. Read More Retro Recap: Torchwood, Episode 1.02, “Day One”

Ladyguide: So You’re Having A Hysterectomy

So it’s time to send your uterus and/or ovaries away for not toeing the company line.  The Internet is full (and I mean full) of stories of women who’ve had the procedure, and there is no shortage of horror stories.  I’m here to help. Read More Ladyguide: So You’re Having A Hysterectomy