Book review: Magonia, Maria Dahvana Headley

I’ve been holding off on reviewing Maria Dahvana Headley’s Magonia primarily because I’ve been having difficulty deciding how I feel about it. That’s not necessarily an indicator that you should be put off, but I put that out there just as a statement — this book is kind of complicated, and it doesn’t necessarily digest well. Your mileage […]

Did you even TRY to research?

In pop culture, few things irk me more than poorly researched representation. Whether we’re talking about depictions of places from people who have clearly never been there and didn’t even pick up a map, or obviously troped and inaccurate depictions of other people’s lives, the first thing that comes to mind is: Did you even TRY […]

Why is Joss Whedon still treated like an authority on women in film and television?

Joss Whedon temporarily set the internet aflutter yet again this year with commentary on sexism in Hollywood, as though he’s the ultimate authority on such subjects. First he called the industry “intractibly sexist” and then he took back his words in another interview, claiming that the industry had improved since the original commentary. Fair enough […]