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The Soapbox: Hey “Dr. Who,” It’s Time For A Time Lady

"Dr. Who"'s Lady Problem
A look at how the Doctor's female companions are portrayed. Read More »
Tennant, Piper Return
David Tennant, Billie Piper returning for show's 50th anniversary. Read More »
Who Loves "Dr. Who"?
Just about anyone can enjoy this British import. Read More »
Dr Who

On June 1, actor Matt Smith, star of cult TV favorite “Doctor Who,” announced he would be leaving the show at the end of December. This declaration sent shockwaves through the nerd-o-sphere and left everyone asking the question, “Who will be the next Doctor?” As a result, the Internet has been flooded with heated debates and delicious casting suggestions. (“Chiwetel Ejiofor!” “Sir Ian Mckellen!”) As much as I’d love to see these celebrities inside the Tardis, I think it would be best for Steven Moffat, the showrunner of “Doctor Who,” to simply cast the best woman for the job.

That’s right, woman. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Roommate’s Boyfriend Stalked Her

Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
I Witnessed DV
domestic violence
Jessica watched a man commit domestic violence while bystanders did nothing. Read More »
On Abused Women
Facts about Rihanna and other abused women. Read More »
stalking

A few years ago, I posted a roommate request on Craigslist. I received a handful of responses, and after weeding out the crazies, I invited a few people to come see the apartment. One afternoon, a girl I had contacted stopped by with her boyfriend. She seemed nice, respectful and she really liked the place. I remember her boyfriend walked around the whole time with a look of delight on his face, as if to say, “Wow, you could actually live here!” Shortly after meeting them, I told the girl she could have the place. This is how Tam and Fred* came into my life.

At first things went really well. Tam was a very sweet person and a considerate roommate. Fred spent a lot of time at our apartment, but he was so friendly I didn’t mind his presence. He would go out of his way to talk to me when he was over and to see how I was doing. If Tam was busy, he would watch TV with me and talk. During these conversations, I learned something important about Fred: he was an idiot. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Things I Learned On Unemployment

Nanny Scam
nanny
I was the victim of an Internet nanny scam. Read More »
Worst Jobs Ever
What was the worst job you've ever had? Read More »
Overworked
Why working 24 hours a day should not be a badge of honor. Read More »

When I entered the ranks of the unemployed, I was full of optimism. How hard could it really be to get a job? I asked myself. I have a college degree. I’ve been gainfully employed since I graduated.

Answer? Very hard. I was out of work for over a year and reached a level of desperation usually reserved for meth addicts.

Here are a few of the lessons I learned while collecting government checks… Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Fall’s Most Controversial New Show Is “Elementary”

"Dr. Who"'s Lady Problem
A look at how the Doctor's female companions are portrayed. Read More »
Mindy's Race Jokes
The Mindy Project
"The Mindy Project" makes some squicky jokes about race. Read More »
"Arrested" Is Back
There is a God: "Arrested Development" is filming again. Read More »
Ann On "Modern Family"
Ann Romney's fave show is "Modern Family," despite the gays. Read More »

CBS’s new fall show “Elementary” has not even premiered yet, but already nerds everywhere are boycotting it. Why would people write off this modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller so soon?

There are a bunch of (not very good) reasons. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: “Dr. Who” Has A Lady Problem

Dr. Who Proposal
Tardis Engagement Ring Box photo
This man proposed with a ring box shaped like a TARDIS. Read More »
Who Loves "Dr. Who"?
Just about anyone can enjoy this British import. Read More »
Dr. Who Urn
Dr. Who TARDIS urn photo
It's time to cry: wife of dying "Dr. Who" fan seeks TARDIS urn. Read More »

To say that I am a fan of the British sci-fi show “Doctor Who” would be and understatement.  Not only do I have “DW” viewing parties at my apartment, I own a sonic screwdriver, I’ve eaten fish fingers and custard (a “DW” inside joke), I waited for hours to get a glimpse of the show’s stars when they shot an episode in New York, and I even traveled to London to go to the “Doctor Who Experience.”  Despite some missteps (cough, “Daleks in Manhattan,” cough), “Doctor” Who won my heart(s) long ago, and I keep coming back for more adventures in that blue box.

But then I saw the promo art for season seven in which the titular character of the show, the Doctor, looks darkly determined while carrying his unconscious companion Amy in his arms. (“DW” has always referred to the people who travel with the Doctor as “companions.”)  If my life were a preview for a romantic comedy, this would have been the moment you heard the sound effect of a record scratching to a stop.  What the what?!  Is “DW” really going there? Portraying Amy as merely a victim for the Doctor to save?

It gave me pause, and it made me think about the way the show has portrayed (or betrayed) its female characters in the past. Keep reading »

Girl Gamer: Don’t Patronize Me With Your Video Game’s “Girlfriend Mode”

I'm A Gamer
I'm a video game fanatic -- and I also happen to be a woman. Read More »
Women Are Gamers
woman playing video games photo
Contrary to stereotype, the majority of online gamers are ladies. Read More »
Challenge The Trolls
Jay Smooth calls on men to challenge anti-feminist Internet trolls. Read More »

You’d think that by 2012 game designers would have stopped insulting our intelligence by giving us female characters with gigantic conical boobs and tiny there’s-no-way-she-has-any-internal-organs waists. You’d think they would have created some virtual woman we can get behind. You’d especially think that since it’s been shown female gamers outnumber male gamers, designers would respect their audience and do everything in their power not to alienate us.

Well, of course you’d be wrong.

In a recent interview with website Eurogamer, John Hemingway, lead game designer of popular first-person shooter Borderlands 2, revealed his studio Gearbox was developing a new female character for B2 with a very … unusual skill tree. What’s a skill tree, the less-nerdy of you ask? At the beginning of role playing video games, players choose from a list of different skills you can develop as your character earns experience points. To give you an example, if you choose the “Sharp Shooter” skill tree, as you earn points you can, in essence, buy skills related to shooting, like expert aim or extra ammo. This new character in Borderlands 2, a yet unnamed “Mechromancer,” will have a skill tree called “Best Friends Forever” that Hemingway referred to in the interview as — wait for it!— “girlfriend mode.” Keep reading »

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