• Chicago Tribune Editor Wishes Katrina-esque Disaster on Poor Black Folks

    So here’s something that happened: a Chicago Tribune editor, Kristen McQueary, expressed her fervent wish for a natural disaster to wipe out Chicago’s poor. That sounds like an exaggeration, doesn’t it? But like almost all things you wish were too horrible to be true, it isn’t. Someone really sat...
  • I Went to a Bernie Sanders Rally So You Don’t Have To

    This Wednesday, a small group crowded around a borrowed TV in an outdoor pavilion at a local park in Lake Charles, LA. The air was heavy, typical of our bayou summers, and there were many muttered comments about the lack of an air conditioned venue. The crowd was older than...
  • Lafayette Shooting Will Spark Yet Another Gun Control Debate We Shouldn’t Need

    One of the very first articles I wrote for the Hub was about gun control. I wrote it soon after John Crawford was gunned down in a Wal-Mart for playing with a toy gun, and it was about the terrifying lengths to which gun owners will go to silence people...
  • Fandom Studies and The Mysterious Dearth of Femslash

    Why is it that M/M pairings in fanfiction dominate while F/F pairings are left in the dust? Notes: In 2013, tumblr user centrumlumina conducted a census of fanfiction writers on both Archive of Our Own and tumblr, taking stats of genres, gender, sexual orientation, fandoms, and various other categories....
  • The Confederate Flag is Racist, But it’s Not Our Only Problem

    Here’s something I never thought I’d write – in southern state after southern state, the Confederate flag is finally coming down. From coast to coast, from Hattiesburg to Montgomery and farther still, even the staunchest conservatives are calling for the removal of the flag, known colloquially as the “stars and...
  • Fandom and Why Women are on the Defensive

    In a preceding essay, we discussed the fandom phenomenon of the Personal Favorite White Boy, in which male characters, no matter what they do, have a ravenously defensive fanbase determined to whitewash or ignore all flaws on the part of their male fave. This sort of defense is almost...
  • Plagiarism of Women of Colour Continues with Unapologetic Art Theft

    I feel like I’ve told this story before. Woman of colour creates artwork. Man comes along and demands free labour from woman of colour. Woman refuses. Man capitalises on her labour anyway, earning money and fame whilst the artist from whom he stole struggles to gain recognition for her...
  • Fandom and Personal Favorite White Boys

    This one’s gonna hurt… Personal Favorite White Boy (n.): A (usually white) male character who can commit acts ranging from “pretty damn douchey” to “outright atrocities”, but is constantly defended by or stanned for by a furious fan base who will go to any lengths to excuse their actions...
  • Fun Home Sweeps Tony Awards, Changes World

    Even if you don’t realise it, you’ve heard of the work of Alison Bechdel. The legendary comic book writer and artist created what came to be known as the Bechdel Test in her comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For. The test – which evaluates movies based on the...