The documentary More Than a Word touches upon the football team known as the Washington Redskins, not for their playing history but their name's. “Redskin” is, simply defined, a term for an American Indian, but it’s not just a term; it’s a nickname, and “redskin” has been defined by numerous prestigious dictionaries as a contemptuous... Continue Reading →
When I was 13, I watched Dragon’s Den. And it was despicable.
Reality television. A genre I never got into, especially when the first one I was exposed to was in my Grade 9 Business class, and every time afterward, I'd wish with every fibre of my being I could smash something owned by one of the judges - I mean, dragons. If you skipped the title... Continue Reading →
The evolution of “people” on the telly
Several decades ago, capitalism and the function of the world were obviously quite different. Yet the way a majority of people lived their lives wasn’t that different. People worked for a living, more often than not in difficult and soul-draining jobs, and similar circumstances in their personal lives. The same goes for today. Yet in... Continue Reading →
Why Nissan and their Leaf car deserve applause
I want to call myself an environmentalist and convince people to go greener without being hypocritical. I want to turn off lights and screens when unused, recycle and compost as much as possible, and vote for politicians willing to shut down polluters I have no power over. The biggest dilemma I face, however, is transportation,... Continue Reading →
Hollywood’s Irresponsible and Toxic Take on the Middle East
I have never been to the Middle East, but a permanent image of it is lodged in my mind, and I am very ashamed of it. I picture it as a place where you can’t be yourself, where you have to be assertive as a man or crouching as a woman. I also see it... Continue Reading →
Is stereotypical masculinity still the norm in the entertainment industry?
Have you heard of the “tough guise” pose? It’s been around for millennia, but only recently been recognized as problematic. The tough guise pose is an identity that, thanks to the generalized idea of manhood, men are expected to be tough and assertive, and if they deviate from this, they are shamed and bullied. Educator... Continue Reading →
Has sexist female advertising hung its towels…or are they still revealingly spread?
Taken by German photographer Ellen Von Urweth, this is meant to sell vodka, with a woman surrounded, in attire and background, in red, the colour of passion. The objectification of women has disturbing history; from how past generations were shown “Even a woman can manage it” ads, how lots of ads with women in them... Continue Reading →
Being an Entertainment Critic for Five Years
Hi, whoever's decided to read this. I've been reviewing movies and books since I was 15, and if you read the title, by math that means I'm now 20. A lot of my friends at Grade 10 had way different hobbies than me. Some loved all things volleyball, and others loved cooking or engineering or... Continue Reading →