This past Saturday, a group of women and men protested double-standards—by going topless. Maine is one of only a handful of states that allows women to go topless in public. The group marched down the streets of Portland without incident, though there were many onlookers—some with cameras—who merely gawked. According to an article in the Portland Press Herald: "[Ty] MacDowell [the organizer of the march] said she was surprised by the turnout of ... Read More
On Thursday, a Kansas judge ruled that Scott Roeder, the man who shot and killed Wichita, Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, will spend life in prison. Roeder will be eligible for parole in 2060. Dr. Tiller was a long-time target within the anti-choice camp: he was one of the few abortion providers who would perform late-term abortions. He had already endured one attack, having been shot in both arms in 1993. He was killed on May 30th, 2009 in the foyer ... Read More
Thirty years after Annie Hall, it may seem like there's nothing left to say about smart, neurotic young people, dressed in funny clothes, falling in and out of love in New York.  Then again, neither Woody Allen nor Diane Keaton was particularly young when Annie Hall was made.  And more importantly Breaking Upwards, a new romantic comedy about two New Yorkers talking it out, is saying something.  The film, which was written by and stars real-life ... Read More
A happy ending after all: Constance McMillen, the high school senior whose high school canceled the prom after she requested that she be able to wear a tux and bring her girlfriend, got to go to prom this past Friday. The makeshift prom had been organized by community members and parents of the students in the school and, because it was affiliated with the school (and the courts had ruled that their "rule" of no same-sex couples was discrimination), Constance and ... Read More
My curiosity was piqued by The Princess and the Frog when I began seeing trailers for this old-school animated film that features the first ever black princess in Disney's history. As I wrote at Cinematical, the trailer made me "uncomfortable" for a several reasons that were also pointed out by other movie writers. "There have been a lot of switcheroos behind the scenes to make Princess more PC, but the rumble in my tummy says that the (mostly white) critics will ... Read More