Gender Roles & Violence: Get in Your Box!

Gender Roles & Violence: Get in Your Box!

As brutal rape cases and mass shootings become the background noise in our lives, I can’t help but wonder…how did we get here? How did our boxes get so very small? When did it become okay for men to rape? At what point did we as a society decide that our dislike of what is different, what is outside the norm, become an acceptable reason for violence? Aren’t we supposed to have gotten more enlightened than that? Read More

The Force Awakens the Feminist Hero We’ve Always Wanted

As I’ve said before, my daughter loves Star Wars. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that there is a small number of female characters in the Star Wars galaxy. And at her young age, even my fledgling padawan has noticed the lack of women in the galaxy. She would rather pretend to be Luke or Anakin because they get more involved in the action of the story. (“Leia needs to be rescued and Padme dies, Mom.”) Yes, Princess, now General, Leia and Padme do get in on the action, but if we are all honest with ourselves, the boys are the ones who get to play the role of hero and save the day. And then came Rey. Read More