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Monthly Archives: March 2012

So, How ABOUT Those Hunger Games?

I saw the film adapation of The Hunger Games over the weekend, and like everyone else on the Internet it seems, I have a lot of Thoughts. So many that I cannot even confine them to one website. The flowering of discussion over The Hunger Games is kind of awesome, because people are really engaging [...]

Legislating Lies: Kansas and Other States Pass Laws Permitting Doctors to Lie to Pregnant Patients About Prenatal Diagnoses

The ongoing war on reproductive rights in the United States is so sweeping that I’m constantly uncovering a new facet of it, appalling in its grossness and determination to strip pregnant people of all individual freedom and autonomy. Odd, coming from conservatives who claim to want smaller government; evidently tight governmental controls are perfectly acceptable [...]

Sympathy for the Devil: On HBO’s “Game Change,” and Hating Ladies for the Right Reasons

I have a bad habit, with movies. I don’t get to see them as often as I used to — I don’t really cover them much for work these days, and they’re expensive to see recreationally — so when I see one that I like even a little, I tend to obsess over it. I [...]

Obstructed Justice: The Death of Trayvon Martin

On February 26th a young black man named Trayvon Martin left his father’s fiancee’s home in the Twin Lakes gated community in Orlando to buy some candy for his brother. On his way back he noticed he was being followed. George Zimmerman, the development’s neighborhood watch captain, called the police at 7:15 pm on a [...]

Yet Another Preventable Prison Death

Eyes around the country are on Los Angeles County after a series of revelations about conditions in its jails, and the outcome in the George Rosales case is not surprising, but it speaks volumes about the attitudes of people working within the system. Rosales was caught in a web of circumstances that ultimately led to his [...]

Events! Events!

A reminder (and roundup) of upcoming events featuring the fabulous Tiger Beatdown crew! On 11 March (two days away!), you can catch Sady in Austin at SXSW in ‘Curing a Rage Headache: Internet Drama & Activism.’ Other panelists include Jay Smooth and Irin Carmon. The one hour panel starts at 12:30 PM. On 22 March, [...]

Show them how to resist: Connecting girls, inspiring futures

Today, I woke up feeling uneasy. See, it is International Women’s Day and I am supposed to be celebrating. Several people have wished me “A happy Women’s Day”. However, I cannot be happy. I do not know how to celebrate a day that media promotes through a hegemonic, universalized category of “woman”, presenting issues of [...]

Guess What? Shaming People For Being Fat Doesn’t Magically Make Them Thin!

News broke last week that Disney World chose to close its ‘Habit Heroes’ attraction at Epcot Center after taking considerable heat during the soft launch phase. I’m counting this as a significant victory in the war against social stigma, because ‘Habit Heroes’ was basically House of Horrors: Obesity Edition, designed to shame, terrify, and manipulate [...]