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Epic Boss Fight: “Them” vs. “Us”

Earlier this week an article hit the web that made me literally jump up and down and squee in excited giddiness. “Adult Women are now the Largest Demographic in Gaming,” the headline read, and my fellow geekettes and I were ecstatic to present the findings enclosed within the post. Maybe now — maybe with numbers — people would realize that their stereotypes are ridiculous, unfounded, and outdated. Maybe now women wouldn’t be scoffed at whenever they say they enjoy gaming. Maybe now I can claim the title gamer without being interrogated as to every game on the market, even though I have only a few specific titles that I have the time and energy to spend my time on. Maybe — just maybe — I could hope for a little bit more respect as a woman in a world that I love.

Wishful thinking, huh?

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High School Hell: When It’s Not Happening to You, it’s Entertaining

School is a hectic microcosm, and while I’m sure many people use television to escape from that, there’s something to be said for a series that accurately reflects our feelings about that setting. So as we approach the weekend, take comfort in the fact that whether you love school or dread it, you’re not alone. Here’s my take on a few series that capture the anxiety, apprehension, and adventures that school can bring.

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The Power of Feminist Storytelling: A Review of Kate Forsyth’s “Bitter Greens”

US Cover (Source)
US Cover (Source)

In her dramatic and complex retelling of the Rapunzel story, Kate Forsyth explores the fairy tale itself, as well as women who refuse to be silenced from the telling of their stories. Bitter Greens follows three different women: Charlotte-Rose de la Force, who would go on to write one of the versions of the Rapunzel story known best today; Margherita, the girl locked away in the tower; and Selena, the witch who put her there. The novel opens with Charlotte-Rose’s story, and expands to include Margherita’s story as it is told to Charlotte-Rose. Selena’s story is the last one to become interwoven, and the realization that the witch’s perspective was the third story being told was a thrilling moment for me.

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Your School Life According To Movies

As I had expressed in my write up about Pretty in Pink, I have a deep love for any teen romance/comedy flicks, particularly ones that speak of the social hierarchy of the school that the characters are attending. I feel like these films taught me quite a bit of what was to come in my teen to early 20’s life, and thus I believe it is time to share that similar wisdom with you, fellow readers. So sit back, relax, grab your scrunchie and social studies books, and lets dive into the cinematic world of proms, tests, and crazy teachers.

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The Back-to-School Musical Theater Playlist

Going back to school at the end of an awesome summer sucks. Doesn’t matter if it’s high school, college, or as a teacher. No one wants to sit in a hot room and talk about seemingly inconsequential topics.

My cure for the back to school blues? Some quality theater music!

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My Top 3 Back to School Movies

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on the student side of going back to school though I’m finally starting to get a hang of the teacher side of it.  I remember the sense of dread that always came when school supplies hit stores.  As a teacher the dread is still there, it’s just more a dread of finding out what your class is going to look like rather than the impending end of summertime freedom.  This year though I’m more than happy to bid applying sunscreen for swim time adieu and usher in the start of backpacks and lesson plans.  In honor of the start of another school year here is a list of my top 3 back to school movies. Continue reading

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The Booklover’s Guide to Packing for College

Summer is coming to a close, and the excitement of your first year of college is just around the corner. All that stands between you and a year of adventure is packing. Narrowing your clothes and random bric-a-brac down to only the essentials was hard enough, but now you face an even bigger challenge: books. How are you supposed to get all of your precious tomes into your new dorm without airlifting your personal library across the country? And how do you even begin to narrow down which ones to bring?

Not to worry, the Daily Geekette is here with some helpful tips for packing your books up for college!

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When Consent Isn’t Consent: A brief exploration of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

Trigger warning: Sexual abuse/rape

Dollhouse, Joss Whedon’s fourth series on network television, centers on a company which implants memories and personalities in humans whose minds have been wiped clean (then called “dolls”) and then loans them out to individuals at a high price. When Whedon first brought the concept to the network, FOX’s executives assumed that what Whedon intended to give them was a Sexy Escort Show. What they got from Dollhouse was something else altogether: An artistic science fiction drama which questioned consent and the morality behind oblivion, even endearing us to characters who enabled multiple kinds of rape. But how did Whedon accomplish this? And more importantly, how did he manage this while not creating a problematic narrative?

Easily the creepiest promo picture for the show. (source)
Easily the creepiest promo picture for the show. (source)

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Episode Review: Doctor Who 8×01, “Deep Breath”

And so, after an unusually long wait (well over a year since the last regular episode aired and eight months since the last special), Doctor Who is back for its eighth season! This episode, titled “Deep Breath,” functions not only as a season premiere but also as an introduction to the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi)! Clara (Jenna Coleman) returns as the Doctor’s companion, but this time, she’s also a fully fleshed-out character!

Warning! Spoilers beneath the cut!

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