Fried Green Cosmos and Accidental Stalkers: Chapter 17 of EL James’s “Grey”

Previous Post. After what was the most boring chapter so far, this latest entry has the audacity to open with the line: "It's been an interesting morning." Which tells me either that EL James is deliberately fucking with her readership, or else that her formative years were spent rapturously watching mold collect on soggy toast, because … Continue reading Fried Green Cosmos and Accidental Stalkers: Chapter 17 of EL James’s “Grey”

Eggs, Bacon, Grits, and Rape Threats: Chapter 15.2 of EL James’s “Grey”

Previous Post. I'm back and we're going to try to make it through the second half of the chapter today. Prayers and alcohol are always welcome. Ana has just had a shower -- thrilling stuff -- and is now in the kitchen about to have breakfast. Since this next scene involves food, you know it's … Continue reading Eggs, Bacon, Grits, and Rape Threats: Chapter 15.2 of EL James’s “Grey”

Casual Racism and Retail Hell: Chapter 3 of EL James’s “Grey”

Previous Post. Chapter 2 left us with Christian Grey musing about how best to objectify and commodify his prospective lover after having stalked and harassed her at work. But look: this is meant to be a story about a man who has never truly let anyone in; a man who has always treated sex like … Continue reading Casual Racism and Retail Hell: Chapter 3 of EL James’s “Grey”

All the Worst Parts: Chapter 2 of EL James’s “Grey”

Previous Post. So this isn't really "all" of Chapter 2, because I covered a bit of the second chapter yesterday in my random assortment of quotes from the first 35 pages. Technically, Chapter 2 opens with the incredibly boring (and yet simultaneously horrifying) background check that Christian Grey did on Ana literally minutes after she … Continue reading All the Worst Parts: Chapter 2 of EL James’s “Grey”

No, The Fall is Not Just Classy Misogyny

Last Sunday, Observer columnist Rachel Cooke took The Fall to task over her belief that the show was little more than the fetishization of violence against women. She noted the camera tends to linger for too long on Gillian Anderson's body in scenes where the show's central figure (a hard-nosed female detective in a very male-dominated sphere) is just, … Continue reading No, The Fall is Not Just Classy Misogyny

The Sexist DC T-Shirt Debate; Or, Why Are We Still Dealing With This Shit?

A few days ago, some eagle-eyed fans at a Long Beach Comic Con spotted an official DC t-shirt featuring Superman bending Wonder Woman over with the caption: Score! Superman does it again! Around the same time, another DC-approved shirt (pictured above) was seen online encouraging women to reach for the brassiest rings -- not so much … Continue reading The Sexist DC T-Shirt Debate; Or, Why Are We Still Dealing With This Shit?

Next Season of True Detective Might Star Women, Internet Rages

Dustin Rowles over at Uproxx has been covering True Detective with a certain amount of rabid enthusiasm since its debut early last month. Today's first article (he does like 3 a day -- the man is obsessed) is in part about creator and head writer Nic Pizzolato's now-deleted tweet hinting that the next season will star female detectives. To catch … Continue reading Next Season of True Detective Might Star Women, Internet Rages

Time of the Doctor Proves Moffat Can’t Write Death to Save His Life

Well, goodbye, Matt Smith. You were wonderful, but sadly I can't say that it's been a pleasure. Not only was last night's Doctor Who episode, Time of the Doctor, a Christmas special, it was also a farewell to Doctor 11 (or 13, apparently). Unlike Steven Moffat and his horrendous script, I won't meander around aimlessly … Continue reading Time of the Doctor Proves Moffat Can’t Write Death to Save His Life

Why Stephen Fry’s “Offensive” Quote is Total Bullshit

This quote, which gets passed around quite a bit (particularly following the Martin Freeman shit from last week), has become an unfortunate call to arms for all rape joke apologists and casual racists. It's reached a point where "what it really means" has become eclipsed by what it's been taken to mean -- namely that you … Continue reading Why Stephen Fry’s “Offensive” Quote is Total Bullshit