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

Multimillionaire Sheryl Sandberg wants An Unpaid Intern

Sheryl Sandberg is no stranger to press – according to Forbes she’s the sixth most powerful woman in the world and her book Lean In has launched a nonprofit that aims to, “encourag(e) women to pursue their ambitions, and chang(e) the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can do.” Which sounds great … 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

Third Time’s the Charm – Thoughts on Cinequest

On my third day of actually seeing films I finally seemed to get it right. I took today easy on the film side due to that whole it’s a weekday and I should be an adult and do professional things. But I took the time to catch two films and I finally chose a selection … 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

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

State of the Union gut reactions (no research or follow up work done…)

Personally I wasn’t too impressed with the SOTU. It felt too focused on the military and banking without addressing the elephant in the room of #OccupyWallSt; there were too many military points without addressing increased militarization of civilian police. And given the number of on going battles on a state level against roe v. wade … Continue reading

Strong Women – obviously mean the death of men in the industry…

Just read this article which irked me a lot… The Telegraph had the following headline: Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna: Only girls allowed With Adele and Lady Gaga dominating the charts, Neil McCormick asks whether male artists will ever reclaim top billing . … which is problematic to me. Reclaim the top billing? As if it … Continue reading