Why I Won’t Watch Arrested Development Season 5

Content notice: discussion of jokes about ableism, sexual harassment, and incest There’s a new season of Arrested Development on Netflix today, but I can’t watch it. I have vivid memories of watching the first season at my cousin Natalie’s house in 2003, when we were fourteen. We were exactly the right age for its ironic … Continue reading Why I Won’t Watch Arrested Development Season 5

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“Light is the Left Hand of Darkness”: Deconstructing Gender Binarisms

Grace Lapointe (Note: as a tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin, I wanted to post the paper that I wrote about The Left Hand of Darkness at Stonehill as a junior in 2009 and presented at Stonehill and Bridgewater State's Undergrad Literary Conference in 2010. Although I might use slightly different language to describe gender binaries today, … Continue reading “Light is the Left Hand of Darkness”: Deconstructing Gender Binarisms

Rejection “Horror Stories”: Ableism is Scary!

For any new readers finding this blog: I’m a published fiction and nonfiction writer who considers my disability an integral part of my identity and work. This has always been my perspective, but even as recently as a few years ago, many mainstream publishers did not yet recognize disability as an identity category. I began … Continue reading Rejection “Horror Stories”: Ableism is Scary!

“How Endless Sequels, Franchises, and Reboots Help Perpetuate Disability Stereotypes”

Many critics have observed that the Na’vi, the race of blue extraterrestrials in Avatar, fit certain stereotypes of Native Americans, especially their peaceful, sustainable coexistence with nature. When foreigners seeking resources use technological prowess to invade their idyllic planet, and a foreign man falls in love with a native woman, the plot parallels movies like … Continue reading “How Endless Sequels, Franchises, and Reboots Help Perpetuate Disability Stereotypes”

Remember the time Mad Men went too far? (Spoilers and trigger warnings galore!)

(Note: I wrote this reaction in 2012. I probably wouldn't watch this episode today. TW: sexual assault.) Wow. I’ve been watching the Mad Men reruns religiously on my DVR, but the episode “The Other Woman” has probably convinced me to stop watching the show. It was the most harrowing, shocking, and perversely fascinating hour of … Continue reading Remember the time Mad Men went too far? (Spoilers and trigger warnings galore!)

“Why Cabaret is the Perfect Movie for Our Time”

“Why Cabaret is the Perfect Movie for Our Time” Since November 2015, when Donald Trump first said that he’d be open to the idea of a national Muslim registry, I’ve re-watched Cabaret, Bob Fosse’s adaptation of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Broadway musical, several times. Set in Berlin on the eve of Hitler’s rise to … Continue reading “Why Cabaret is the Perfect Movie for Our Time”