The Ghost in the Shell Committee

The second episode was not supposed to take that long. And it wasn’t gonna be this, either, but I’m glad it was. Ghost in the Shell is something I can talk about endlessly, on command, so if you ever see me guarding some valuable relic in, say, an Indiana Jones or National Treasure kind of situation, remember I can be easily distracted by phrases like: “Ghost in the Shell’s legacy doesn’t extend beyond The Matrix” or “I kind of liked the American remake.” … More The Ghost in the Shell Committee

Equal Opportunity Badassery

When I was a small child, I saw enough of action movies and thought enough of action movies (a lot and a little, respectively) to codify with an emotional association the ubiquitous signage of real life, that toughness and even violence were the language of an ideal human. Not only did these movies center-stage their violent hero, they gave them an oversized task: the ultimate actualization in the context of their world. These fucking great guys could do anything, unlike the other, less heteronormative bit players around them (though usually racially homogeneous, it was about gender, body type, or archetype). I know I’m not alone in this, as we were all small children once, and many continue to be. The wild thing was, I didn’t know just how much those movies had impacted my thinking until after I graduated college, and how much that thinking needed to change. … More Equal Opportunity Badassery

Male Metamorphosis: Becoming Post-2017

It’s a generalization to say that all men sexually assault women, but it is also true that a rapist doesn’t weigh victimization heavily enough to not sexually assault, eschewing a level of empathy requisite to choosing differently, and that’s a level which rises and falls as we sweep across the breadth of men, rapist or not, if we begin with the generalization that one cannot fully know the experience of another. It’s not just that the capacity for rape exists in all of us, it’s that we don’t understand that capacity. And while eliminating sexual assault isn’t the sole component of our more equal future, it is, as we close the year 2017, an urgent rallying point. … More Male Metamorphosis: Becoming Post-2017