I like art. I’m a writer by trade — not an artist — but it’s a skill I have fun trying to cultivate in my free time. Most of the time, I opt for for colorful, bold, cartoon-style art. If I bake or cook, I prefer to find ways to give it an artistic flair or … More Photos: My 12 Favorite Crafty Creations
When watching TV and film, reading magazines, or choosing toys — most of the time — little girls love to see someone who looks like them. It’s the reason that, growing up, Mulan was a friend’s favorite Disney princess. (“Who else was there who looked like me?”) It’s the reason another friend makes sure to … More Hilary Duff’s Body Image Journey Gives Me Hope for Hollywood
I love writing on And Then There’s Beth, but sometimes sitting down and composing full paragraphs just takes too much freaking time. Luckily, there’s Twitter. I tweet about a lot of things — from faith to racism/privilege to pop culture. Here are 15 tweets about food, but just to warn you: my favorite things are … More 15 Tweets About Food — and the Weird Things I Eat
Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is this summer’s smash-hit movie. Not only is it the largest opening for a female director, but it’s quite likely to be the highest-grossing movie of the season. Before Jenkins, Hollywood had never produced a truly successful female superhero movie — and the Wonder Woman story, in particular, has proven particularly difficult to … More Wonder Woman: Patty Jenkins’ Stereotype-stomping Superhero Film
Over the past few years, TV has become more diverse. Not shockingly so: most lead characters on primetime shows are still white. But there’s no doubt that the number of black (or Asian) friends and supporting characters is increasing. It’s a small step, but still progress. And a larger number of shows, like Scandal and … More Race on CW’s Riverdale: What’s Different from the Archie Comics?
Glee is — without a doubt — my favorite TV series of all time. Much like the musical Hairspray, I resonate with its message and worldview on an emotional level. Glee is a TV show about the outcasts, rebels, and misfits at an Ohio high school. But more than that, Glee is about coming to … More The (Flawed) Theology of Glee
I love musicals. I have loved them since I was in high school. I get that musicals are cheesy, I get that their plot lines can be a little bit ridiculous. But I love them. For better or worse, some of my favorite forms of entertainment are cheesy, ridiculous, and ever so slightly over the … More A Theology of HAIRSPRAY