Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Doctor Who Review: Before the Flood

“Before the Flood” was a pleasure to watch and a solid follow-up to “Under the Lake.” There are a few problems, but from the first moments I felt like I could really relax and just be a Doctor Who fan, because this is good stuff. I love the “Listen”-style monologue opening — I loved it…… Continue reading Doctor Who Review: Before the Flood

Other Stuff

Sunday Post – Women in Museums

I’ve promised you a post about Marvel movie women, and it’s coming! But first, an aside in regard to women not from comic books: Women in my chosen nonprofit area, the museum field. One of my classes this semester is about museum administration. It sounds boring, it’s not, but either way bear with me for…… Continue reading Sunday Post – Women in Museums

Queer · Writing

#queerpop: What Marriage Equality Means for Pop Culture

The celebrations were long, enthusiastic, and well-deserved after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality mandatory. This was the defining legal battle for queer rights in the US, and it’s done! Of course, even though it was the battle, it’s not the only battle. This doesn’t affect hate crimes legislation or employment discrimination, for instance……… Continue reading #queerpop: What Marriage Equality Means for Pop Culture

Comics · Queer

A to Z: X-Men

The X-Men have long stood as a metaphor for the oppressed and outcast, from racial minorities to people with disabilities to, well, comic-book nerds. They work rather well as a representation of LGBT+ people, too, because of their “hidden in plain sight” quality. Some people have immediately visible mutations, like Nightcrawler with his blue skin…… Continue reading A to Z: X-Men

Comics · Fantasy · Queer

A to Z: Wanda from Sandman

Sandman. Neil Gaiman’s long comic series, one of the best ever written. Intense, literary, fantasy-horror from the early 90s… When I was born. Notable for so many reasons and so many characters. Today, though, we’re just talking about Wanda, a trans character from volume five, A Game of You. Opinions about Wanda are sharply divided and strongly…… Continue reading A to Z: Wanda from Sandman

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · TV & Movies

Tinker Bell Answers: Pixie Hollow Sociology

“does tinkerbell have something to do with green representation” I have no idea what green representation is, and Google has failed me. So… maybe? Maybe this refers to environmental themes or environmentalists? If so, you could probably find that in the movies. The whole design is very nature-y, the fairies all work with nature, etc.…… Continue reading Tinker Bell Answers: Pixie Hollow Sociology

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · History · Other Stuff · Picture Books

Banned Books Week: “The Most Famous Challenged and Banned Books” Event

In the interest of time, instead of a book profile today, I’ve got an event to talk about! “The Most Famous Challenged and Banned Books” was a talk given by Dr. William Hutchings of the UAB Department of English at one of my local libraries. The audience was about twenty to twenty-five people of mature years. I was…… Continue reading Banned Books Week: “The Most Famous Challenged and Banned Books” Event

Updates

#FollowFriday and Post Roundup

I don’t do these kinds of things often, but I’ve been finding a lot of new blogs lately and my blogging friends have been posting some great stuff! Links are in no particular order. “Handmade Lingerie Along The Butch/Tomboy Spectrum” at The Lingerie Addict. TLA is a blog all about lingerie. Maybe not your cup of…… Continue reading #FollowFriday and Post Roundup

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · TV & Movies

“Secret of the Wings”: More on Discrimination in Pixie Hollow

Please note you can’t find this movie by searching “Tinker Bell” on Netflix, you have to search “Secret of the Wings.” Carry on — spoilers ahead. In the fourth Tinker Bell movie, we discover that warm-temperature fairies aren’t allowed into the Winter Forest, and winter fairies aren’t allowed into the warm-weather segments of Pixie Hollow.…… Continue reading “Secret of the Wings”: More on Discrimination in Pixie Hollow