A reluctantly written note to white people: “Formation” isn’t about us. You don’t have to get it.

I wasn’t going to say something, but I’ve seen enough things being Said that I kind of had to say something, which I hate, because it puts me in the category of people who have said stuff. But here goes, and I’m sorry. White people writing analyses and critiques of “Formation”: “Formation” isn’t about us, for us, or at us ....more

Still not sure about what Gloria Steinem meant with the “boys” thing

News right now is discussing a comment by Gloria Steinem — not so much one that she made, but more one that she made apologizing for the first one that she made. The first one happened Friday during an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher (available in full here; the pertinent part stars at 2:43) during which she made an as-yet-unexplained comment appearing to imply that young women support Bernie Sanders in order to get boys. I think it’s only fair to provide the quote in its entire, just a tad bit lengthy context, because for one, she does say a lot of positive things about young women becoming more involved in feminism and activism ....more

REVIEW: “Neutralize the Terrorist”

Today’s playthrough of Human Revolution involves ridding your workplace of peaceful Oregon protesters armed terrorists. In most videogames this would be a banal task, given how often we’re asked to gun down hundreds of belligerents, without choice or repercussion. But what happens when you do have a choice to kill, spare or negotiate? ...more

Meet Your 2016 Legislation

It’s January — a time of credit card debt, resolutions you don’t intend to keep, and new legislation that kicked in at the turn of the calendar. What laws are going to be making your life better — or worse — in 2016? Let’s take a look ....more

REVIEW: “Welcome to the Revolution”

We’re pleased as punch to present the first instalment of our new review series, analysing feminist themes in one of the most acclaimed videogames of all time. But since we’re sleepy from weeks in production hell, we’ll let our work do the talking (literally)… FEMINIST PLAYTHROUGH “HUMAN REVOLUTION” (2011) ...more

Oregon militia bulldozes Native American archaeological site, still NBD

During their weeks-long occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, armed militants have declared their intention to return the federal land to its “rightful owners.” They’ve also made it apparent that by “rightful owners,” they weren’t talking about the Burns Paiute tribe, whose ancestral lands encompass the reserve. And on Wednesday, they made their priorities clear when they bulldozed a path through a Burns Paiute archaeological site. They are desecrating and destroying sacred land ....more

Oh No It’s Award Season Again Thread

Share your thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs here, for whatever production and whoever’s performance, and feel free to go to town with subtext and meta-commentary, especially the marginalisation of movies centring people of colour yet again amongst the Oscar contenders. Just please be spoiler-aware for those readers who haven’t managed to catch up with various books/movies/TV yet. Kate Winslet in the official poster for The Dressmaker I’ll get you started ....more

Spillover #32

Our 33rd #spillover thread is long overdue. Our apologies for the absence of spillover space for the last few months. Some reminders: #spillover is part of our comment moderation system for keeping other threads on-topic ....more

Open Thread with My Kittens

Firstly, my apologies for neglecting to post a seasonal greetings Open Thread a few weeks ago. Belated wishes for a Happy New Year! Secondly, I hope you will forgive me via the adorableness of these three kittens we adopted a a couple of months ago ....more

The Cost of Living

(As a Clash aficionado, this phrase always makes me think of the EP released in 1979. This has nothing to do with the post, but I thought I’d get it out there and out of the way for myself. I enjoy the mental image of Strummer and Paul Simonon giggling about the phrase–apparently how they came to name the EP ....more