Mansplaining and Nickelodeon’s Diversity “Problem”

This week in White Male Oppression (™) is author Mathew (yes, one “T”) Klickstein who is here to tell us all about the problem with diversity.

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Retro Recap: The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, 1.3

Shelby Woo. I can’t quit you yet, not where there are still 10 more episodes of weird, wholesome, teenage crime-fighting hijinks. Apparently I have a lot of feelings about Shelby, so this time, I’ll just focus on one episode.

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Everything I Learned (About School), I Learned from ’90s Cartoons: Hey Arnold

My first semester of grad school (all of two years ago), I took a class on “Families as Educators.”  I had planned that it would be a great supplement to the drier coursework of education policy briefs and memorizing education finance legislation as settled through Supreme Court rulings. This class was fluffier, and I probably would never use it again. Of course, I was wrong. Read More Everything I Learned (About School), I Learned from ’90s Cartoons: Hey Arnold

You Gotta Do It Big Time (Rush)

“They let a cow loose in the Palm Woods.”

So begins last night’s text conversation with my sister. I typed the only logical reply:

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Lunchtime Poll: Game Shows

So I keep having this weird, recurring dream where I’m running through a giant game of Supermarket Sweep! And no matter how many turkeys, bottles of medication, and cheese I pile into my cart (you know, all the big ticket items), I can’t seem to break out of the isles and get back to my checkout counter to drop off my loaded carts. By the end of the dream I have about 20 carts tied together, and I’ve managed to gather all of the large bonuses, much to the chagrin of my competition. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Game Shows

Kids’ Shows: Nickelodeon; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I wanted to write about some of the new authors on the YA scene this year, but I haven’t finished one of the books I’m reading yet.  While I was, somewhat frantically, searching for another idea I got to thinking about some of the new kids’ TV shows that are out there.  I have come to really appreciate some of the sitcoms on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, but some of them are truly, truly terrible.  So, to help you avoid that “I can feel parts of my brain dying as we speak” feeling, I’ve decided to do a quick rundown of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, starting with Nickelodeon. Read More Kids’ Shows: Nickelodeon; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Clarissa, Pete and Pete: They’re back!

If I had a dollar for every time my friends and I reminisced about how amazing it was being a child of the 1990s, I wouldn’t have to keep forbearing my graduate school loans. From Ace of Base to Lisa Frank, we can talk for hours about the things that made the decade fun, colorful, and absolutely awesome. Sure, we didn’t have the Internet and cell phones, but we had Full House, The Baby-Sitters Club and pogs! Read More Clarissa, Pete and Pete: They’re back!