Maleficent and the Irrelevant Phallus
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Taken back to the broader perspective, what the hell is Prince Philip doing in the movie? Or in any movie? What purpose do men serve in a world where they can’t occupy themselves with saving females? This Philip question has finally really let me see the reality of what the “traditional” treatment of females in our art does to men. I finally grasp what a weirdly bleak and frankly horrifying landscape it is for male characters who are just as bound by the “Princess” stereotype as their female counterparts.

Bill Nye vs Ken Ham Post Debate Wrap Up: The Holy Ghost of Carl Sagan Moves Among Them
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Last night was the controversial debate between international science superstar Bill Nye the Science Guy and international man of ridicule Ken Ham.  You might have noticed I live blogged the debate as it was happening.  That was quite an interesting experience, and I wasn’t sure at the time what I … Read More

The Rhetoric Guy Live Blogs Bill Nye vs Ken Ham
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Hey Readers! [SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE BLOG] [Stay tuned for a wrap up!] A good friend of mine suggested that I put a little of my rhetoric muscle to use live blogging the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham in just a few hours. Before I get started, you … Read More

Is Merida From Pixar’s Brave The Worst Role Model For Girls Ever?
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  Dear Reader, The answer to the question in the title of my blog post is: No, but she is pretty bad.  Lemme set up the question first though. I was thinking about the Disney Princess catalog recently due to an article someone posted on my wall about how Drag … Read More

Views and Reviews #1: Oz the Sort-of-Great and Very Impatient
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Dear Readers, Last night I went to a midnight showing of Oz the Great and Powerful.  So, standard spoiler alert here.  I’ll be honest: going in I had little hope that the film would be stellar.  I wanted it to be!  On the surface it should be an anthem film … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: Become a Rubber Band; Man.
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Dear Reader, We are now two lessons into the Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets curriculum, and like any good student, you may have neglected to show up to the first two classes. Having caught up, you now know that there is a big difference in critique based around content (i.e., I … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: The Rules of Critique
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Dear Reader, Today continues my unauthorized lessons on the dirty little secrets of writing.  In my previous entry, I discussed the important distinction between critique based around content, and critique based around craft.  In a nut shell, content critique is pretty useless, and craft critique is pretty useful.  I also, … Read More

Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: Providing Useful Critique (Content vs Craft)
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Dear Reader, #4  Sometimes, as writers, it can be frustrating to like another writer’s work.   You read the first lines of a short story or a novel and you feel a sinking pit in your stomach as you realize you are reading pure literary gold.  It becomes impossible not … Read More