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Deborah Pless
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The End of the Beginning (But Also Mostly Just the End of This)
Heya chickadees. You might have noticed that the blog has tapered off a bit in the past few weeks, despite my continued promises that I really would finish Hispanic Heritage Month with all those neat articles I had planned. You may have marked how that did ...

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Strong Female Character Friday: April Ludgate-Dwyer (Parks & Rec)
If the spicy, fiery* Latina is the stereotype equivalent of a trashcan fire, April Ludgate-Dwyer is the smothering fire extinguisher foam putting it out. And I can say that because we all this is a metaphor April herself would love. As we've been discussing...

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Strong Female Character Friday: America Chavez (Marvel Comics)
Look, I don't mean to be inflammatory here, but I'm pretty sure the phrase, "She's beauty, she's grace, she'll punch you in the face" was originally intended to refer to one America Chavez, aka Miss America. There's a delightful play on expectations when it...

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'Star Trek Beyond' Isn't Perfect, But It Is Definitely Star Trek
When I try to describe my enjoyment of Star Trek Beyond  to people, and rest assured that my enjoyment is well worth describing, it feels like all I can ever come up with, "It's so much more Star Trek  than the other ones, you know?" To which they invariabl...

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Masculinity Monday: Poe Dameron (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
More like Poe Daaaaaaaaamneron, right? Anyway, your eyes do not deceive you. Masculinity Monday is back, albeit temporarily. From September 15 to October 15, we're celebrating National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, and part of that means going through and...

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Strong Female Character Friday: Isabelle Lightwood (Shadowhunters)
I heard Isabelle Lightwood has two Fendi purses and a silver Lexus. I heard Isabelle Lightwood does car commercials in Japan. One time Isabelle Lightwood punched me in the face. It was awesome. Her hair's so big because it's full of secrets. I can keep goin...

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'The Raven King' and the Secret of What We All Really Want: Friends
Okay, so admittedly that title is kind of obvious. There aren't a whole lot of people out there who are going to deny that the thing we all want in life, or at least one of the things we want very much, is friends. But I'm not talking here about nice people...

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'Equity' - Finally a Movie that Lets Women Really Really Like Money
Money and I have always had a bit of a tense relationship. Maybe it's because I've never had very much of it. Maybe it's because I've never known quite what to do with it when I did have it. Maybe because I've spent so long being slowly crushed under the he...

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Strong Female Character Friday: Clayborne (Au Service de la France)
Here is a fact: When I was fifteen, my cat died. Or she ran away. We've never been entirely sure, but even money is that the leg we found in the driveway was hers, so she probably died. Still, the uncertainty bothered me and for years after that when I saw ...

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'Super Mutant Magic Academy' Is Hogwarts for the Rest of Us
How can I best put this? If Hogwarts and Xavier's School for the Gifted had a school-baby, it would be Super Mutant Magic Academy. I'm not entirely sure that's the official name of the school in Jillian Tamaki's fantastic webseries compilation book Super Mu...
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