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Let’s Make Tomatoes Great Again

As we’re all aware, there’s some pretty heavy shit going on in the world. I’m pretty sure you’re all as exhausted with current events as I am, so let’s whisk ourselves away from the trials of the real world by talking about something we all love: entertainment. As a concert pianist, composer, and online ranter, my […]

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Thoughts on Sexual Etiquette

Campaigns like the recent Twitter #MeToo initiative, together with the publicity generated by the allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein and by Kevin Spacey’s confession, have placed the topics of consent and sexual harassment at the forefront of people’s consciousness. In some cases, people have been citing very minor gaucheries and awkward attempts at […]

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Time to Call a Truce in the Gender Wars

If you are a news and current affairs junkie like myself, you could quickly come to the conclusion that men and women are at war with each other across the Western world. A large portion of feminists  believe that the West is a patriarchy that deliberately ensures that women are under represented in politics and […]

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Panicking about Sexual Harassment Is Bad for Women

What started with Hollywood women denouncing Harvey Weinstein has rapidly developed into a global movement decrying sexual harassment. The #MeToo stories of high profile women working in politics, the media and theatre make for headline news. To some feminist campaigners this represents a tipping point, a watershed moment that could lead to new legislation and […]

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For You, Postmodern Sympathizer

This is a continuation of Lawrence Belluci’s reflections on postmodernism, which he first wrote about here. In this article he addresses a criticism that defenders of postmodernist and post-structuralist thought often employ.  *** As the interest in the debate surrounding postmodernism grows outside of academic confounds, more and more examples of postmodern “scholarship” are being […]

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‘Star Trek Discovery’ and The Slow Invasion of Streaming Services

Ten years ago, Netflix launched their online streaming service, effectively putting the nail in the coffin of Blockbuster and similar stores. Since then, streaming services have become almost ubiquitous. Nearly everyone has a subscription to Netflix, or Hulu, or both, among others. And rightfully so — both networks are teeming with great original content. Netflix […]

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A Plea for the Humanities

I’ve often heard people argue a moral case for the inclusion of gender theory, “critical race” theory and other forms of theory influenced by postmodern streams of thought on college syllabuses for the humanities. If you are skeptical about such theories, I am sometimes told, you must be sexist, racist or transphobic. Or perhaps you […]

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