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‘Steven Universe’ is the Feminist Cartoon We All Need Right Now

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If you were to ask my friends name three of my favorite topics, they would likely answer, “cats, cookies, and feminism.” So you can understand my delighted surprise when the first episode of Steven Universe begins with young Steven going to his favorite bodega to buy his favorite dessert, Cookie Cats which is ice cream sandwiched between…

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‘Moonlight’ is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

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Moonlight is what shines on us during dark times. It illuminates the darkness. Moonlight is a film that is not afraid to show the darkness and the struggle to find a little bit of light. The film tells the story of Chiron through three vignettes of his identity and growth: young Little, teen Chiron, and…

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Daddy Daughter Hair School

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Single father, Phil Morgese, created a workshop to assist other father’s understanding of their daughters and their hair. Through the act of caring for their daughters’ hair, the Daddy Daughter Hair Factory is helping to break down gender roles (which Morgese recognizes), while building stronger bonds between fathers and daughters. This 60-second documentary beautifully summarizes the work…

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On Newt Scamander, Toxic Masculinity, & The Power Of Hufflepuff Heroes

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Full disclosure: I have not yet seen the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and prior to reading this article, I did not have much interest in doing so. My interest, however, is now piqued. Having read all of the Harry Potter series, and seen all the films, I cannot help but be…

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Curmudgeons – A Short Film by Danny DeVito

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Actor and director Danny DeVito brings us an endearing love story reminding us that we are never too old, nor is it ever too late, to be happy. While affirming that love takes many forms, this short film is funny, a little bit crass, and most importantly really lovely. At a mere 15-minutes, “Curmudgeons” is well…

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President Barack Obama Says, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”

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With an incredible platform to enact political, social, and cultural change, it should not be taken lightly for President Obama to utilize his soapbox to refer to himself as a feminist and decry antiquated gender roles and stereotypes. As a father, husband, and politician, President Obama discusses the need for feminism, recognizing that, “when everyone…

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This Martial Arts School in Detroit Teaches Boys That it’s OK to Cry

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At the Cave of Adullam training academy in Detroit, Michigan, boys are not only trained in the ways of martial arts, but also in the ways of non-hegemonic masculinity. They are taught that having emotions, and crying, is part of what being a man really means. Additionally, boys with absent fathers, or without fathers, are…

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“The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity, & Love” by bell hooks

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As a follow up to All About Love, hooks looks at unique conditions of patriarchal society’s socialization of men, and the effects on male relationships with women, other men, and themselves. hooks explores non-hegemonic masculinities and ways that men can challenge patriarchal assumptions and requirements. This book is fundamental in an exploration of the role…

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