Geena Davis at Miami, on Gender and Media

This week Miami is having a Women in Leadership Symposium, “Making Our Mark.” The keynote speaker is Geena Davis, so you can bet I jumped all over that registration.  In my work on the representation of girls and women in literature and other media, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media has been such … Continue reading

Boy Meets World Slam Poem

Just as I was trying to pick myself up from the HIMYM finale, this emerged. As a person who was a kid in the ’90s, Boy Meets World holds a special place in my heart. Topanga was up there with Clarissa Darling, Blossom, and Punky Brewster on my list of girlhood role models, and this … Continue reading

Lindsay Lohan on Letterman

On a much-earned writing break, I clicked over the CNN and saw an interview Lindsay Lohan did with Piers Morgan. Down the rabbit hole I went and ended up watching the interview she did with David Letterman last month (below). I’m just a few months younger than Lohan and, like many girls in the ’90s, … Continue reading

Junot Diaz on Colbert Report for Freedom University

Great interview with Junot Diaz, author of Drown (on my comps list, woo!), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This is How You Lose Her. Access to education is not just an international issue, there are people fighting the fight here in the U.S. as well.

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! In the last week, I’ve run across a handful of great images inspired by or remixing Rosie the Riveter that I’d like to share. We can do it!  I found this one (left) when I was conferencing with students, many of whom are researching World War II. It was posted prominently … Continue reading

Ron Swanson, Feminist: Be My Valentine

First of all, Ron Swanson would not condone Valentine’s Day. It was invented by Hallmark to sell cards. Anyway, as a prelude to a forthcoming post about April Ludgate, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the feminism of Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. Ron, the embodiment of hyperbolic white masculinity (see: Ron’s … Continue reading

Academic Coach Taylor says…

I love this Tumbler (Academic Coach Taylor) and visit it when I’m feeling stressed about school. I keep telling my students, “Clear thesis, strong analysis, can’t lose!” I think this one fits my research and blog quite well. Coach Taylor is such a good dad! I can’t really tell you enough how much I love … Continue reading