The Opportunities and Shortcomings of Female Game Designers

Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong, and Link – what do they all have in common? Besides being classic gaming characters, they’re all male. The gaming industry has long been dominated by men, and it is reflected through the leading male characters and stereotypical “Mario saves Peach” mentality. Even though women comprise almost half of gamers today, they are […]

A Note on Hate

I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, a long-time democrat bastion.  My neighborhood is fairly diverse, and mostly liberal.  Yet as a registered Independent, broad categories such as ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ do not interest me.  I find trends, or patterns of human action, far more interesting.  One particular trend has caught fire in my community. […]

The Empowerment Delusion

Living amidst the rather controversial and somewhat nuanced third wave of feminism, women are constantly being informed and reminded about the need to be empowered.  Women need to see their self worth, know their incredible potential, and thus, feel empowered.  The irony lies in the fact that “empowerment,” which may of once held merit, has […]