Take a DETOUR to Tolerance

I wrote a piece about empowerment through cosplay, but I never really dove into my personal experiences at conventions. It has been five years and counting that I have attended cons, yet I felt my previous piece was missing an important aspect: conventions are fantastically tolerant places. It’s not just the bronies or the “free… Read More

Going Beyond the Bechdel Test: Her Story Arc’s Scale of Inclusivity

Like many of you, learning about the Bechdel Test was an eye-opening moment that allowed me to better understand just how much the media industry was failing me, and my fellow women, with its limited, non-diverse representation of us. The Bechdel test has been used to explain and highlight this problem of under-representation and it… Read More

First Podcast! Topic: Representation of Women in the Media

I am over the moon to introduce the beginning of a new facet of Her Story Arc today. On Sunday, October 26th myself, Jen Stayrook, and Lindsay Ann met on Google Hangouts and recorded our conversation. We’ve turned that conversation into a podcast that covers topics ranging from the male gaze in Anime, to character… Read More

Borderlands Not Borderline on Women

When my fiance and I bought Borderlands last year, we fell in love.  The artwork, the music, the game play, the wit and humor, the oh so annoying but lovable Claptrap…it was brilliantly coordinated. We are now playing through both Borderlands and Borderlands 2 to gear up for the upcoming Borderlands: Pre-Sequel.  In the world… Read More