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This is Rape Culture: “Rio 2” Ends on a Sexual Assault Joke

This is Rape Culture: “Rio 2” Ends on a Sexual Assault Joke

Content Note: This article discusses sexual assault, specifically with a male victim and a female perpetrator. Spoiler Alert: This article spoils the endings for Rio and Rio 2.   I was recently watching the sequel to Rio with one of my favorite little people, and something about it didn’t sit very well with me. I […]

Don’t Make Me Over: The Truth About TV Makeovers

Don’t Make Me Over: The Truth About TV Makeovers

I was once a rabid fan of makeover shows. I’ve watched more of them than I’d care to admit. In my mind, the premise used to appear reasonable: some unfortunate wastrel is plucked from the unwashed masses and spruced up to the delight of her friends and family. Almost Pygmalion-ish, the whole affair looked charming, […]