Why Are We Expected To Root For Torture?

If it were just one movie or TV show, we could dismiss it. But it’s a consistent trope across many different stories. Why?

The Men of Marvel’s Agent Carter

They’re more than just sexist jerks, they’re the heroes of a different show.

Money Porn: The Objectification of Christian Grey

A story with toxic ideas about gender includes the toxic image of men as success objects.

Parents: 6 Common Phrases (You Might Be Saying!) That Should Be Banned in Your House

It doesn’t matter how you mean them, or if you’re joking, these common phrases may be hurting our kids. By Noah Brand and Joanna Schroeder

Are #GamerGaters Just Recreating the Sexist, Racist, Homophobic Dominant Culture?

Heather N. isn’t buying into the idea that #GamerGate originates with certain handicaps of guys within gamer culture.

On Microaggressions

Being a man doesn’t mean you don’t get daily doses of nasty gender stereotypes.

Why I’m Not Excited About The New Star Wars Movies

Noah Brand grew up in 1990s Star Wars fandom, and was there the day it died. Like most geeks, I’ve been hearing a lot about the new Star Wars movies for a while. People opining one way or the other about casting announcements, plot leaks, the teaser trailer, whether the new sequels will be wonderful […]

Libidos, Assumptions, and Miscommunication

The way we talk about sex is based on some very dubious assumptions, starting with the idea that “normal” is a thing.

The Roots of Nerd Rage, Part 2

How does nerd rage feel from the inside? And what can be done about it?

The Roots of Nerd Rage, Part 1

From “fake geek girls” to Gamergate, a certain demographic seems constantly, causelessly angry. But are you sure it’s the demographic you think it is?

Why Men Spam Women On Dating Sites

Explaining one of the internet’s most annoying mysteries.

The Legacy of Al Feldstein

The recently-departed editor reshaped the 20th century from behind the scenes.

To The Woman Who Let Her Daughters Play With Me

A strange man talking to two little girls isn’t necessarily something to be afraid of.

What The CW’s Arrow Gets Right About Its Hero

The popular superhero soap is running the grim-and-gritty arc in reverse, and that’s pretty cool.

“What is the difference between conscious persistence and mindless compulsion?”

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