This Post is About Badminton, Kinda

My senior year of college, once winter was officially gone, one of my housemates or neighbors bought a backyard games set from Walmart on a whim. And that’s how I spent half my senior year playing badminton. I’d played occasionally before, like you do as…

Pilot Versus Ballerina

Sometimes, if you are not a cis white dude, life will up and smack you in the face for not being a cis white dude. Even if all you are doing is sitting around typing crappy prose on your laptop. I was doing just that…

Nathan Rabin Fails at Modeling and as a Human Being.

It may seem like a clever move to self-deprecatingly refer to your own article as a “lousy blog post”, but it doesn’t mean the phrase does not ring true. If there is one set of ads I would purge from all the internets given the…

A Bechdel Test for Historical Romance

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the Bechdel test and what it reveals about the film industry. And there’s been at least one post I could find on a Bechdel standard for video games as well, which is interesting, even though I could dispute…

Vodka is for Lame Babies — Take My Word For It

Previously on this blog, I wrote about Caskstrength’s troubling rules for drinking like a man. Today, we’re looking at the first of those rules: No vodka. Vodka is not manly, says Caskstrength. “How so?” you ask. It just isn’t. I have harped on this for…

The Drink-Like-A-Man Trap.

One night, four of us ended up at Seattle’s lovely Mistral Kitchen for dinner, because the rumor mill had it that the cocktails were pretty good. The rumor mill underestimated by a mile. The cocktails were more than good: they were fantastic. Maybe the best…

Women Like Writing, But Nobody Writes Like Women.

Internet personality quizzes are my Achilles heel. I enjoy finding out what interval best embodies my complex individuality (major 7th, as it happens) and what the shape of my letter A’s says about me on a fundamental level. If I’d been around in the late…

Prostitutes, Villains, and Video Games: A Rant

Let’s talk about video games, and the ladies in them. And by ladies, I mean prostitutes. Back in 2008 (Ye Olden Dayes, it seems), Rockstar Games took a lot of heat on account of Grand Theft Auto IV, particularly the fact that within the game,…

E-reader Ads and Gender Bias: A Rebuttal

So lately — on Shakespeare’s birthday, in fact — there was this Huffpo post by Jason Pinter, which then meandered through the blogosphere until it reached my habitual environs (NPR’s delightful Monkey See Blog). The article alleges that there are not enough books for men…

RITA: Julie Garwood’s The Bride

My first form-specific look at a past RITA award winner: The Bride, by Julie Garwood. First off, I must explain that this is one of the first romance novels I read growing up. And it is definitely the one I’ve reread most often: probably upwards…