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Compulsory Monogamy Going Mainstream?

Perhaps I should clarify: compulsory monogamy is already mainstream. It’s already the norm, and a largely unexamined one at that. What I mean to discuss here is how the idea of compulsory monogamy is now under discussion in the mainstream, thanks to its application to The Hunger Games movie franchise. This essay, Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games, by Mimi Schippers, PhD, has been picked up by The Huffington Post and Jezebel. Meaning, it’s now reaching a lot of readers. Continue Reading →

Gender Studies Via The Powerpuff Girls

A friend pointed me toward this amusing link: The Powerpuff Girls Could Have Replaced Your Gender Studies Class. In it, the author describes the show’s subversiveness, thinly veiled under a cutesy cartoon. Cross-dressing and questioning normative gender roles abound, and the show even makes a critique of the cult of manhood. Pretty advanced gender studies ideas for a children’s show, eh? Continue Reading →

Mono-centric Torture Porn

Yes, I kinda just made up the phrase “mono-centric torture porn.” Here’s what I mean by it: a story that dwells on, even fetishizes, the character(s) being forced to choose between two lovers in order to end up in a monogamous long-term relationship. I borrow the term “torture porn” from film reviewers who use it to describe movies that don’t seem to have much going on beyond the gory dismembering and killing happening on screen, since it gets to the point of being gratuitous violence. I also feel like plots that make us sit through a book or film where OMG YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE are gratuitous and sickening. I mean, who would ever write a book or make a movie about someone being forced to choose between their two best friends? Continue Reading →