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by Caroline Spectoron A Song of Ice and Fire
The use and abuse of power is the one constant theme of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Power, large or small, inevitably corrupts in Westeros, no matter who wields it and no matter the righteousness of their cause. Even as the disenfranchised women of Westeros seize the autonomy they need for power, once they begin taking it, they inevitably fall prey to the same potentially corrupting influences the men experience.
Feminism is, at its heart, about the empowerment of women. This power takes the form of both political power (e.g., suffrage) and personal power. Holding power in the political realm allows women the same influence in society men have. Personal power affords women their own agency to make choices for themselves regarding their lives, whether it’s whom they marry, the ability to consent to sex, the right to choose a profession, or just the right to choose … read more»
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by Lillian DeRitteron Dollhouse
Boyd: Don’t call me that.
Topher: We’re not friends?
Boyd: We’re not men.
—“Echo” (unaired pilot)
When Boyd and Topher argued about the ethics of Rossum
by Nick Mamatason True Blood
Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks.
—Karl Marx, Capital, vol. 1, chapter 10
What do television characters do for a living? There are plenty of doctors, more police than even a police state … read more»
by Stephen Casson Fringe
Out of thin air, a man appears on a crowded commuter train—and is shaken, but not surprised, to see that everyone else in the car is now dead. He is Alistair Peck, MIT astrophysicist and time traveler. Peck soon finds himself being tracked down by Fringe Division, and the pursuit … read more»
by Adam-Troy Castroon Superman
It’s the little things that rankle. I’m willing to buy any number of impossible opening premises. The jolly, fat guy who spends his year building toys and his Christmas Eve zipping about on a flying sleigh drawn by twelve hovering reindeer: check. The guy who’s clean-shaven twenty-nine days out of … read more»
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