This Massacre Was a Hate Crime – UCSB, Isla Vista, Feminism and One Alumnus’s Thoughts

An abandoned shoe in Isla Vista in 2008 Friday night there was a stabbing and shooting in my alma mater, UC Santa Barbara. I heard the news via facebook mere minutes after a young man drove through the center of Isla Vista in a black BMW shooting. For those unfamiliar with the community, UC Santa … Continue reading

Microsoft Demos How to Be Sexist Jerks to Gamers at E3 (TRIGGER WARNING)

“I can’t even block correctly and you’re too fast,” she says. He replies, “Just let it happen. It will be over soon.” The audience laughs “Wow, you like this,” the man continues. “No, I don’t like this,” she replies. It might sound like the dialog you’d hear regarding a sexual assault you might be surprised … Continue reading

Immigration Reform 2013: Mark Zuckerberg’s Lobbying Group Has Already Lost Key Donors

Mark Zuckerburg’s forays into political action aren’t proving to be successful. After launching on Aprill 11, Zuckerberg’s lobbying group FWD.us has managed to quickly anger allies and lose support from key donors. As the organization defines itself, “FWD.us is an organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the … Continue reading

Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Why She Got a Mastectomy

Actress, director, and humanitarian Angelina Jolie is no stranger to the public eye. But in a New York Times op-ed published on Tuesday, she brought the media’s attention to an issue Hollywood doesn’t normally talk about: breast cancer. After Jolie discovered she had a defective BRCA1 gene which sharply increased the likelihood of getting breast … Continue reading

Back at the Movies

It’s that time of year again. And yesterday I spent the afternoon at Cinequest seeing several films and found – I’m less excited about it than last year. To be fair – I’m comparing the net effect of last year’s festival with only the beginning of this years – so ask me next week and … Continue reading

The Newsroom Women

Much has already been said about the problematic dynamic of women’s representation in Aaron Sorkin’s newest TV show, The Newsroom. (See here, here, here, and just Google “Newsroom Women” if you want more…) And tonight we got more of same. Which doesn’t surprise me, but here’s a few things that would be quick fixes if … Continue reading

SFIAAFF30 – Nice Girls Crew

Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing a Center for Asian American Media produced project, Nice Girls Crew with a sold out screening at the Kabuki Theater. Sheetal Sheth, Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen were stellar in their performances of three long time frienimies who attempt to start a book club but instead use the … Continue reading

An Evening in the California Theater

Today I saw two films at Cinequest, both screened in the California Theater. First “L!fe, Happens” a charming buddy film about two roommates and how their lives change when one has to adjust to having a baby while the other remains committed to her professional ambitions. While it had all the elements of a cheesy … Continue reading

Why I’m not impressed with Komen (Despite changing their stance on PP)

Last night I was going to post about Komen and Planned Parenthood but today’s news changes that thought train but I still think it is worth commenting on. For background see Rachel Maddow’s summary from last night. Attacking Planned Parenthood is not new, so why is it so hugely different when The Susan G. Komen for … Continue reading

(Ladies!) Think Big….

Great speech by Sheryl Sandberg that you can read here. My favorite parts… Their book is a call to arms, to give women all over the world, women who are exactly like us except for the circumstances into which they were born, basic human rights. Compared to these women, we are lucky.  In America, as … Continue reading