I am sure we have all heard of A Quiet Place at this point. The truth is I didn’t really like it. Not as much as everyone else seems to have. It was mostly an okay movie with a lot of gaping holes made even more wobbly by the blind praise it’s been given.
To be honest, parts of the movie didn’t sit well with me. But then other parts really stuck out. And maybe that disparity alone made the English major start flexing and I started to think about what I wanted the movie to be about — since people were insisting it was about something. So this is my reading of A Quiet Place as a feminist desperate to like A Quiet Place.
(Please note that SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW. You have been warned.)
Continue reading “Toxic Masculinity and the Gender Politics of ‘A Quiet Place’”
I have been sick in bed this past week which sucks because 1) being sick is the absolute worst and 2) there is so much to catch up on. March, in spite of its bad rap and mediocre weather, was pretty great all things considered — and really ended with a cherry-on-top, once-in-a-lifetime sort of experience that took us to a little place called THE SAHARA DESERT.
Continue reading “One Year Later”
I love women. I’m proud to be a woman. Women have stepped up since the beginning of time and I am so happy to be here for it. And what I love most about being a woman (besides the prerogative to have a little fun) is that every single woman is a little different than the next.
Revolutionary. Mind-blowing. Truly astounding. I know.
Continue reading “Who Run the World?”
I spent the better part of these first month’s of the year reading a book called Stamped from the Beginning. It’s the self-proclaimed definitive history of racist ideas in America and it has been …. engrossing. Shocking. Frustrating. Eye-opening. Sobering.
Frankly, it should be required reading.
Continue reading “Whitesplaining Stamped from the Beginning”
There are few things in this world that bring me as much joy as watching movies. I come from a movie family. I’ve always loved movies. All we did growing up was basically watch movies. When my family turned out to be interested in nature and stuff, I was honestly flummoxed because I was under the impression we were strictly movie people.
But that may be just me.
Continue reading “Movie Breakdown: 2017”
So I’ve been thinking a lot about 2017 and the new year because hello I’m nothing if not basic. And the truth is, it was a great year. For me.
…it was also a truly terrible year for society and the world at large. I mean, some real ugly truths reared their heads last year. And to be honest, it really affected me.
Continue reading “Reflections”
If someone came up to you, put a gun to your head, and yelled “NAME THREE THINGS SHELBY LOVES!” I’m pretty sure you all would have the same answer:
Taylor Swift. Corgis. Jurassic Park.
Continue reading “In a World Where Trailers Need Trailers, One Trailer Rises Above the Other Trailers to Prove the Point That We Don’t Need So Many Trailers”