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We're All Mad Here: Intake Interview

Welcome to We’re All Mad Here, an exciting series on depictions of mental illness (and health) in pop culture featuring the lovely Anna and s.e. smith. We thought we’d start things off with a little interview so you... Read more »

Stage Left: Mental Illness and Treatment in NEXT TO NORMAL

As a mentally ill musical theatre fan, depictions of characters who share that trait with me typically fall into one of two categories: they a) don’t exist or they b) make me rage. next to normal comes closer than most shows to getting it right, in a lot of ways. But where it fails,... Read more »

B-Sides: Susan McKeown, "Singing in the Dark"

There is, in my opinion, a right way and a wrong way to advertise Irish singer Susan McKeown’s album ... Read more »

Takin

If you read popular anti-street harassment blogs and media coverage of the topic, a pattern of perpetrator name-calling rapidly emerges, and some of the most prevalent terms you’ll hear to describe the guys who “holla” at women and... Read more »

Takin

In the process of creating a “movement” to end street harassment, we must interrogate the full scope of the problem that ableism brings to the issue itself, the way the issue is shaped by ableist anti-street harassment activists, and the holistic effectiveness of solutions. If... Read more »

SXSW Film: <em>Fly Away</em> Depicts Autism with Honesty, Tenderness

Fly Away, opens on Jeanne, a single mother, as she is awoken by her teenage daughter’s cries. “Bad girl! I hate myself!” It might not be a surprising sentiment for a teenager in the throes of an angst-ridden moment, but Mandy is severe on the spectrum of autism, and the middle of the night... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Bret Easton Ellis

OK, we’ve published plenty of posts here on Glee and how it maybe isn’t all it... Read more »

Microaggressions: Because it IS a Big Deal

You know the fury that comes over you when you’re affected by other people’s prejudice? The coldness, shock, or devastation when they put you or your loved ones down over race, sexual orientation, age, gender, size, class or ability? Maybe you felt it when your folks wouldn’t let... Read more »

The Games We Play: Mentally Evil

One trait I see portrayed frequently but not often discussed is mental illness and how it is used as a mechanism to propagate or explain away the actions of characters. Often, I see mental illness used as a tool to demonstrate just how terrible a character’s actions are when their actions... Read more »

The Games We Play: The Spirit Within

Now that I have showered some well-deserved praise on BioWare for Dragon Age II, and also engaged in the almost 60 hours that it took me to get to the bitter and mind-wrenchingly disturbing end, I have a few thoughts. For all of my waxing poetic about how fabulously progressive BioWare has... Read more »

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