Scrap: Connecting the Dots

Because this is my last semester at USC Upstate, I’m taking Senior Seminar: essentially, a 15-week-long writing workshop for a capstone paper. Knowing that I was going to take this course, I brainstormed all year for topic ideas. Writing 25 pages is easy for me, but a good, meaty thesis can be difficult to come by. By the beginning of this semester, I had two ideas: use the Order of the Real to explain body horror, or talk about the dearth of positive menstruation portrayals in literature and its impact on women and girls. Continue reading

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Wonder Woman, Is the World Ready for You?

As a person who spends a lot of her time in geek and nerd circles, I often find myself caught up in age-old arguments, like Can Wolverine Really Die? or What’s Stronger: Captain America’s Shield or Mjolnir?* Sometimes these arguments can get a little—okay, a lot—offensive. Just recently, someone made the comment that the new Superman movie was going to be a Justice League film, because Batman was going to be in it. “Aquaman and Wonder Woman, too,” I said. The groans started almost immediately, and I expected the next comments to steer the conversation towards a light dissection of Aquaman’s illogical League inclusion. But no. The offender was not that most useless of Super Friends, but Wonder Woman.  Continue reading

Think the Publishing Industry Is Genderblind? Think Again.

By the time we reach a certain level of professionalism, most of us would like to believe that our work speaks for us. Sometimes this is not the case, we reason—like when the hiring manager is an old nemesis from high school—but it’s largely what we do, not who we are, that determines our success. Although I am well-aware that not even men can get by on their merits these days, I also know that women absolutely cannot afford to navigate the working world with this rose-tinting philosophy. Continue reading

Thicke and Weird: the Politics Behind “Word Crimes”

Yesterday, as part of his #8videos8days campaign, Weird Al Yankovic debuted the second single from his new album, Mandatory Fun. On its surface, “Word Crimes”—a parody of Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit-single, “Blurred Lines”—is an anthem for Internet grammarians who constantly find themselves confronting English language fails, causing Merrill Barr over at Nerdist to declare, “[W]e all now have the perfect thing to send to people who, despite our protestations, continue to walk all over the English language.” For English majors, writers, and other members of the Grammar P.D., Yankovic’s new track is a godsend, if not for its utility, then for its comedic value. Continue reading