The Pop Culture Lens Takes on Joss Whedon

On this eighteenth episode of The Pop Culture Lens, we present the recording of a second roundtable discussion from the 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference. This roundtable discusses the topic of director and showrunner Joss Whedon -- and how much of a controversial figure and person he is for so many people, including his … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens Takes on Joss Whedon

Pop Culture Lens Podcast Episode 4: Bewitched (1964-1972)

Our fourth episode for the Pop Culture Lens podcast is up, in which we are joined by friend of the podcast Megan Stemm-Wade to discuss the importance of the American TV sitcom Bewitched (1964-1972). In this episode, we cover many aspects of how the series was referencing the beginnings of second wave feminism while also … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens Podcast Episode 4: Bewitched (1964-1972)

The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 3): Why It Matters

This is the third part of my dissertation's first chapter.  The first part was on defining gendered media engagings.  The second part was on defining gender. Why studying gendered media engagings matters Thanks to the work of scholars such as Dallas Smythe, we are aware of the central role of advertisement in most media industries (Smythe, … Continue reading The Study of Gendered Media Engagings (Part 3): Why It Matters

Equestria Girls: Opening Soon!

JI was doing a search for a CBR article I am writing on the upcoming My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic movie, Equestria Girls, when I found it will be showing here in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre for three special events.  So, fellow Chicago natives, who wants to join me and crowd out the kids … Continue reading Equestria Girls: Opening Soon!

Representations of Women in Japanese and American Pop Culture

(From a 2004 paper on a cross-cultural examination of the superheroine)             In their article on children and role models, Anderson and Cavallaro (2002) say that superheroes are “larger-than-life symbols of American values and ‘maleness’.” (p. 162).  From a socialization point of view, is there reason to be concerned about … Continue reading Representations of Women in Japanese and American Pop Culture

That Whole Abortion Thing? Just Kidding!

When Buffy Season 9 Issue 6 came out, I applauded it.  I even wrote a whole essay on why I think the story and Buffy's decision worked.  I defended Buffy's decision to get an abortion as it reflected the struggle modern women have to balance family and career, and I defended Whedon's decision to have … Continue reading That Whole Abortion Thing? Just Kidding!

Buffy and Public Discourse on Women’s Health

After Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended it's television run, Joss Whedon inked a deal with Dark Horse Comics to continue the storyline in comic form.  What started with "Season 8" in 2007 has since become "Season 9".  The current season finds Buffy in a world without magic, balancing living as a young, working gal in San Francisco … Continue reading Buffy and Public Discourse on Women’s Health