TV Review: Gilmore Girls

 Review: Gilmore Girls — “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” Confession time: I’m a woman in my mid-twenties who loves teen dramas. Not just shows from when I was a teenager but current shows, as well as those from the ’90’s. When I was a teenager we only had a handful of TV channels so it’s only now that I’ve discovered many shows. Thanks to Netflix, one of those shows is Gilmore Girls. The great thing about this show is that in every episode I can relate to at least one character. Lorelai, Rory, Lane, Paris and Sookie all have relatable...

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Review: The Worst Witch is Heartwarming and Hilarious

I had heard about The Worst Witch from a friend of mine who had watched the first few episodes and loved them. I was looking for something new to watch on Netflix and it was one of the suggested shows in my profile, so I settled down and started the show. Two minutes into the first episode, I fell absolutely and completely in love. I ended up watching the series once alone and then again with my sister, who also fell in love with it. As a lifelong Harry Potter fan, the idea of magic has always fascinated me. I was pleased to see similar themes of adventure, friendship, loyalty, adversity and...

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#MeToo and Girlhood in Art

Just look at the painting. You do not need any special pedigree, beyond being sighted. In fact, a blind person could tell you, if the painting were being described to them, that something is not right. This painting is called ‘Thérèse Dreaming,’ by Balthus, and was made in 1938. Most girls Thérèse’s age (12 or 13) wouldn’t sit like that without being asked or compelled. Imagine how it felt to sit with your legs spread and your dress hiked up facing an older man–your next-door neighbor. No wonder she is looking away. Balthus gives the viewer permission to consume her image without...

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Why I Game: Jessi

Gaming has always been a part of my life. When I was little, my parents would have a family game night at least once a week. At my grandma’s house my brother, cousins, and I would play the Game of Life and Hungry, Hungry Hippo as we waited for the grown-ups to get done talking. The only video games I was exposed for a good portion of my childhood where the educational ones. And though I had a blast with them, they didn’t compare to what my friends were playing. They would share their discoveries with me at recess on how to capture Pokemon, or how to get a bow in Zelda, or some other video...

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Powerful Hollywood Women Launch Campaign to Stop Sexual Harassment

On Monday, a group of powerful women in Hollywood launched a campaign to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces. The campaign, Time’s Up, was announced in a full page ad placed in the New York Times. The ad, an open letter from the group, was a show of support and solidarity from the women of Hollywood to working-class women, and signed by hundreds of women in the film industry. The letter called for a “significant increase of women in positions of leadership and power across industries,” and equal representation, opportunities and pay for all women workers,...

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Book Review: Mandy

I recently moved away from home and had to leave the majority of my library behind, except for a few of my favorite books. One day, I was browsing Amazon and I came across a book in my cart that I absolutely loved as a child. I received Mandy by the incomparable Julie Andrews for my 8th birthday, and read and reread the book dozens of times throughout my childhood. On this dreary fall day last year, I was suddenly filled with the urge to read the book immediately. So instead of waiting a few weeks to go home for the holidays and read my much-loved copy, I decided to buy another copy on...

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