A Manageress? A Murse?

Despite our society’s crawling progress towards equalizing the treatment of men and women, one obstinate hurdle in its way is the sex-typing of jobs. The term refers to the cognitive process by which we consider certain jobs “men’s work”, and others “women’s”. But just how ingrained is it in our society? When the Equality Commission for…

The Social Dilemma, or How to Lose at Life

The 2020 Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, directed by Jeff Orlowski, peels back the shiny surface of social media to reveal the gurgling pits of despair it stashes away behind our unsuspecting eyes. Much like Black Mirror (2011), the horror of the reality it presents is just that – the actual, believable reality. By focusing…

Expecting World War III

With the depredation of World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945) haunting people’s collective memory, relying on fear has led to many imaginative theories about the onset of a much-feared World War III. That subliminal anxiety has bled into our fear of both past and invented enemies, as well as the great unknown….

Stephen King’s Idea of Childhood

In a 1989 interview on the Public Radio Book Show, Stephen King, the renowned author of horror and supernatural fiction, opened up about his fascination with the one thing we must all give up eventually – our childhood. His interpretation of it ranged from a secret world ruled by its own culture, to a dream state…

The Male Body, as seen by Jim Morrison

In a 1969 interview with Howard Smith, The Doors’ frontman Jim Morrison worded an interesting thought, baffling the interviewer himself. Casually and without much resonance, the singer stated that “fat is beautiful”. Or, more accurately, he asked why it was “so onerous to be fat”. Why indeed? Men’s Desired Bodies Through Time In the Neolithic Era (12,000-8,000 BC), the…