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    Desiree Rodriguez

    Desiree Rodriguez is currently majoring in Converged Communications. She's a writer, geek girl, and proud queer mestiza woman. Desiree is an entertainment writer for The Tempest, and contributor for Nerds of Color. Desiree has written for The Young Folks, The Feminist Wire, and Geeked Out Nation.

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  • Supermoms: Martyred, Fridged, Forgotten

    Supermoms: Martyred, Fridged, Forgotten6

    Mother’s Day is a day we celebrate the woman (or women) in our lives that fulfill the role of “mother.” Mothers—the good and the bad ones—are an important part of our lives. Moms that worry about what media teaches their children, what superheroes are really super, and so much more. Mothers are important; their absence

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  • Amanda Waller & Laurel Lance: Dead and Disrespected On Arrow

    Amanda Waller & Laurel Lance: Dead and Disrespected On Arrow6

    CW’s Arrow is no stranger to killing characters, particularly female characters. Since Arrow’s inception, the show has prided itself on taking cues from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight franchise, and portrayed a gritter side of Green Arrow mythology and canon. Arrow gave fans a fraught view of Oliver Queen as a man who struggled with PTSD

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  • Music Videos That Shaped Me: Can’t Hold Us Down by Christina Aguilera

    Music Videos That Shaped Me: Can’t Hold Us Down by Christina Aguilera0

    • April 22, 2016

    I remember seeing Christina Aguilera—after “Genie in a Bottle” was overshadowed by Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby”—break out of her shell with her album Stripped. I remember not fully understanding the lyrics to “Dirty,” loving the message behind “Beautiful,” and jamming to “Fighter.” I was ten or eleven when I first saw her music video

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  • Rurouni Kenshin vs Inuyasha: How to Do a Love Triangle Right

    Rurouni Kenshin vs Inuyasha: How to Do a Love Triangle Right14

    Love triangles, a trope that appears in most media as a convenient plot device to create drama within a story, as a narrative device aren’t inherently bad. They’re like near any other narrative device. The effectiveness of the device can change depending on the creator and how the device is used. The love triangle as

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