Twilight: Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
In this week’s attempt at being positive, we try to analyze the parking lot disaster at Bella’s school. How can the lot be simultaneously crowded with horrified faces and yet empty enough for a truck to careen straight for Bella? Is it all a dream? And who put the chains on Bella’s car: Charlie or Edward? Is this a genuinely sweet attempt to protect a loved one, or does it fit into the overall pattern of Bella being helpless and being taken care of by male authority figures? Come help us understand the physics of the situation!
Narnia: A Question Of Legitimacy
The White Which has supporters, but those supporters are for the most part conveniently classified as Always Chaotic Evil races. It’s clear that the queen is evil and bad for Narnia, but why is so much made of her being an illegitimate ruler? For that matter, what makes a ruler illegitimate? Does it matter if a large part of the population supports their bid for the throne? And why are only humans allowed to rule Narnia, despite there being multiple intelligent races living in the country? Come help us determine the concept of legitimacy as it applies to a fantastical land of talking animals!
Trigger Warning: Transhumanism, violence, language
Twilight: Sound Effects Added To Lessen Tragedy
According to the text of Twilight, Bella has a chronic pain condition: she falls down almost daily. This should make her a rare Weak Character, right? But her “weakness” is never presented as such – she is rarely seriously hurt from her falls, doesn’t deal with residual pain over time, and the trait seems less a characterization or a point of motivation and more a convenient excuse to be carried around by strong men. Is Bella’s fluffy falling insulting to people with chronic conditions or offensively proscriptive for heterosexual relationship or both or neither? Come help us decide!
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Sarah writes: This Washington Post article PAPA Festival highlights Christianity, anarchism and community spirit is about the festival I helped to organize (I was interviewed, but not quoted). I think it's a valiant effort in trying to capture a rather diverse and disparate group of people. Perhaps not totally spot-on, but good 'nough.↩
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