Wonder Woman: Patty Jenkins’ Stereotype-stomping Superhero Film

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

When Other Christians Make You Feel Alienated — How to Respond

Three years ago, I visited a space that made me feel very alienated as a Christian. (I’m fairly certain that sharing the exact details would be contrary to the point — and unhelpful — but, for context, it was one of a number of church or para-church spaces I’ve encountered over my life that share … More When Other Christians Make You Feel Alienated — How to Respond

Star Wars’ Rey vs. Padme: The Force Awakens to a New Feminism

The year was 1999. I was in the fourth grade. And Star Wars’ Queen Amidala was the coolest freaking heroine I’d ever seen. She was fearless, strong, and fiercely intelligent. The opposite of a damsel in distress. Wise, educated and incredibly well spoken — not to mention the ruler of her own freaking democracy — Padme … More Star Wars’ Rey vs. Padme: The Force Awakens to a New Feminism