Identifying the Most Dangerous International Adopters

Recently, I came across a GoFundMe for a middle-class family of six that was adopting five siblings from an emerging nation. Their friends and members of their church had set up the fund to help them, and the writeup was gushing about how selfless and wonderful the family was to do that. It was an inspiration. Read More Identifying the Most Dangerous International Adopters

News in Europe: A Good Day to Be German

Citizens, I’m not often super patriotic, but this week I’m being openly German. In case anybody missed it, the most bizarre, unbelievable match of football ever happened on Tuesday, and while it wasn’t played in Europe, a certain European team completely destroyed Brazilian football. Read More News in Europe: A Good Day to Be German

This Week in Misogyny is Doing the Stride of Pride

Because why are we still calling it a walk of shame anyway? Oh right, because people are terrible. Let’s see just how terrible people were this week! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Doing the Stride of Pride

“Death Comes in Many Strange Packages”: Tales from the Hood as a Socially Conscious Horror Film

As a child, I watched a lot of horror movies. We were poor and could rarely afford to go to the theater to see new films. But, we could afford to take a trip to the local video rental store here and there and pick up some old movies and kettle corn. My parents often rented the cheap, B-Horror films, movies such as Monkey Shines, The Dentist, and Bloody Birthday, and we would watch them as a family in a dark room with my brother and I lying on the living room floor and my parents cuddled on the couch. We can debate about the impact that had on our young psyches; my brother used to be so terrified of the Nightmare on Elm Street 4 box cover that he would shield his eyes when it entered his field of vision. But, it took a lot to scare me then and now.

That was until 9-year-old me watched Tales from the Hood for the first time. Read More “Death Comes in Many Strange Packages”: Tales from the Hood as a Socially Conscious Horror Film

Sandusky, Paterno, and The Devotion to Rape Apology

“While the rest of the world sees how badly Paterno failed when a graduate assistant informed him in 2002 that he witnessed Sandusky raping a 10-year old boy, the Penn State community sees only the iconic image of the man and an uncertain football future without him. And the reaction is frightening.” Dan Wolken, Of Football and Fury.

“To me, Joe Paterno is still a great man and he will always be a legend. Unfortunately his legacy will be tainted, obviously, by this,” – Paul Posluszny, former Penn State player and current linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars Read More Sandusky, Paterno, and The Devotion to Rape Apology