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The Black Widow Conundrum and Joss Whedon

Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Warning: Here there be Spoilers The twitterverse exploded this week with @josswhedon being flooded with accusations of misogyny, a bizarre situation considering he’s famous for strong female characters. He did give us Buffy the Vampire Slayer, after all, featuring TVs strong female lead since the 1970s Wonder Woman. When someone asked, “So, why do you write these strong female characters?” his now-famous response was, “Because you’re still asking me that question.” So…Whedon a misogynist? How did that happen? Black Widow’s

The Minoan Labrys; or, Cutting Through a Historical Mystery

Close up of Minoan Labrys

So, I’m watching The Librarians on TNT, which is similar to Warehouse 13, except with more well-known actors.  It’s based off a series of TV-movies starring Noah Wyle as the Librarian, a person tasked with gathering dangerous magical artifacts so they are not misused by others. The new series does not feature Wyle, whose character has gone off to deal with the Big Bad, while leaving junior Librarians to deal with the everyday business. This week’s episode featured the Golden

#YesAllWomen; Sexism in a (Nearly) Equal Society

Cookies stamped with "no"

Near-equality makes inequality less visible. American women largely have access to the same things as men: education, employment, the vote, etc.  They live independently, making their own decisions without society judging them as radical.  And when people commit egregious amounts of sexism (I’m looking at you, Rep. “Legitimate-Rape” Akin), society notices and, overall, condemns. That doesn’t mean our culture has been purged of sexism, as highlighted by #YesAllWomen, a counterpoint to the “not all men” reaction to feminist arguments.  No, all