Are Things Changing for Portrayals of Gay Characters in Korean Dramas?


by Raizel Liebler Are things changing for portrayals of gay characters in Korean dramas? Possibly — at least according to several recent instances of positive and well-rounded portrayals of non-heterosexual (or perceived to be by others) characters. On the other hand, this post was inspired by my annoyance and frustration with Ho-gu’s Love (2015). Like […]



I Read a Book: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

by Keidra Chaney I’ve been thinking a lot in the past couple of years about the pitfalls of living a public life on social media and the scrutiny (or, sometimes, danger) that comes with sharing one’s opinions in a public forum. A lot of it comes from observing the fallout as people that I know […]

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Game of Thrones Chat S5E1: The Sun Sets in the Westeros

Westeros: Land of Enchantment. Yes, wars loom as a years-long winter descends. And OK, witches named Maggy the Frog predict as-yet-unborn childrens’ deaths, and people get burned and flayed alive, and dragons casually incinerate innocents. But, in chaos lies opportunity! Emerge freely from your excrement-filled crate and enjoy a discussion of “The Wars to Come” […]

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Anime Review: Mushi-shi

by K. Hopson I’ve got an oldie-but-goodie for you guys this month—“Mushishi”! cue dramatic intro music No, really. This show is one of those rare gems of masterful storytelling that you only see every now again these days, what with all this random camp strewn about. It’s an adaptation of a manga by Yuki Urushibara […]

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Feminist Frequency’s Positive Female Characters in Video Games, “The Scythian”

On March 31st, Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency put out the first in a new series of videos on women in videogames, Positive Female Characters in Video Games, entitled “The Scythian.” (transcript here) Each video, it appears, will focus on a different positive depiction of a female character in gaming. Before I even began watching […]

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I Read A Book: Amy Gajda’s The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press

by Raizel Liebler Amy Gajda’s The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press (Harvard University Press 2015) is a highly interesting exploration of the limits of First Amendment protection of the press — and how we got here. The book starts with placing our present understanding of the limits of freedom […]

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Scandal Chat: Season 4, Episode 16

VO: I don’t know if it’s something with our network or what here — this episode also was bumped later thanks to the WIAA high school basketball tournaments — but I’m suddenly plunged into a fight between Leo and Abby, probably regarding sex, because on this show, it’s either sex or politics. I mean, we […]

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I Read A Book: Kim Gordon’s Girl in A Band

by Keidra Chaney Sonic Youth has always been one of those bands I respected more than I actually liked but I have long admired Kim Gordon, who seemed to embody cool. While she didn’t directly inspire me to pick up a bass, I won’t deny that seeing her be so badass in the “Bull In […]

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Scandal Chat – Season 4: Episode 15

VO: Apologies on the lateness of this recap — in Wisconsin, the WIAA girls basketball championships took over our airwaves and I wasn’t able to watch Scandal in my usual fashion. Which is live-Tweeting and gossiping as it airs. KC: I have no excuse other than I wanted to do other things on Thursday night. […]

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Justified Recap Episodes 7 and 8: Past Imperfect, Future Conditional

As this final season moves into its last laps, we finally have the episode we’ve been waiting for: one that centers on the internal demons of one Raylan Givens, the putative protagonist of Justified, and the past he has to confront if he wants to have something resembling a “normal” life. At the end of […]

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