Madame Bovary As a Prototypical Red Pill Archetype (a contemporary perspective)

  Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary has widely been regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written.  Henry James wrote that “Madame Bovary has a perfection that… makes it stand almost alone”, whilst Vladimir Nabokov is quoted as saying that “stylistically it is prose doing what poetry is supposed to do”.  Much of the praise it has received […]

Charles Mergendahl’s The Girl Cage: The Domestic Sphere Under the Shadow of War

  Reading pulp novels is a guilty pleasure of mine, especially the sexploitation rags, which are actually quite tame in terms of graphic sexual content.  Tags like “Complete and unabridged” were titillating promises, suggesting that, yes, there would be sexual content, because why else would one abridge a novel that was only a 130 pages? […]

Why Ontario’s New Sex Education Curriculum Is Important

  Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal party recently unveiled the details to the proposed updates to Ontario’s new sex education curriculum, and as expected, there are a number of parents who have expressed concern about the content.  Charles McVety, of Canada Christian College, has suggested that the curriculum is an ‘indoctrination’, by which he means it does […]

Push, by Sapphire: What the Colour Purple Looks Like In The City

NOTE:  The source I am citing is written in dialect.  As a result, some quotes do not match the grammar of the sentence they are framed in.  Please be patient with this.  There are also misogynistic and racial pejoratives phrases quoted in this review that any reasonable person would be bothered with.  Please read responsibly and […]

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland: The First Ecofeminist Hero?

  It wasn’t until 1890 that literary theorist William James coined the term stream of consciousness, but in 1865, Lewis Carroll (also known as Charles Dodgson) published his now famous children’s novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, employing a fluidity in narrative that seems to have served as the prototype for stream of consciousness, or perhaps […]

The Moving Finger: A Feminist Detective Novel

  Agatha Christie is not only the most famous detective novelist of all time, she is arguably the most famous novelist of all time, having sold more novels, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, than any other writer (over 2 billion according to her estate).  Though her celebrity has waned in the decades following […]

Can We Stop Pretending Prevention Promotes Rape Culture?

  Recently a group of students from North Carolina University formed a group called Undercover Colors and have created a nail polish that when dipped in a drink changes colour if date rape drugs like Xanax, GHB and Rohypnol are present in the drink.  Whilst most people who are opposed to rape and likewise employ […]

Casino Royale: The Misogynist James Bond

  Though I have never read a journal articles or criticism claiming that Ian Fleming was a master of the English language or a master craftsmen of the novel, it is certain that his writing has had an enormous cultural impact given the iconic status of James Bond, the British secret agent he created for […]

The Deconstructions of Popular Music: ‘Blurred Lines’, by Robin Thicke

  The sexual autonomy of a woman is one of the central tenants of feminism, and whilst conversations surrounding rape culture are extremely important, rape may not be the most common way in which the hegemonic institutions of patriarchal society seek to control a woman’s sexual autonomy, though this is not to suggest that rape culture […]

Chauvanism and Ableism in Gil Brewer’s The Vengeful Virgin

  Gil Brewer was one of the many writers of crime fiction during the pulp era, and though he was not as prolific as some authors, he did manage to publish over thirty novels between the early 50’s and late 60’s.  Whilst detective fiction was the flavour of the day, and Brewer did dabble in […]

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