Feminism Around the World: German Edition

When I went to Germany this past summer to visit friends, I observed some differences in gender roles between the US and Germany. For example: men pushing strollers. I pretty much never see a man with a stroller in the US, so the German strollers caught my attention for sure. But there wasn’t enough time to really delve into… Read More

WoW: New Models, New Theme and New Potential

I was slowly converted into a World of Warcraft (WoW) player by my fiance who has been playing since the game came out in 2004.  When I began, I was enchanted by the numerous race and class options. My very first character was a blood elf rogue named Elliera. I’m a sucker for elves. Due… Read More

No Perfect Face

I was glad to find an older Buzzfeed list on “The 28 Most Ridiculous Celebrity Face Mashes Of 2013” because the fall 2014 Jennifer Lawrence/Emma Watson face meld had made me vaguely uncomfortable. Let me explain. Season 3 Episode 15 of “Modern Family” has a scene where Cam and Mitchell use a computer to generate an… Read More

Of Men, Women, SCRUM and Violent Communication

As a feminine, female Software Engineer I’ve become occupied with the question of just why is it that my field is so predominantly male? Since watching the recent kerfuffle around the book “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer” unfold and the subsequent emergence of the hashtag #feministhackerbarbie, my desire to say something that could be part of a constructive conversation has only… Read More

Yoga: a Tool for Advocacy

If I say advocacy, do you think yoga? Perhaps after reading this article you will. Dr. Melissa West demonstrates that even yoga has a place when it comes to supporting and empowering women. In one of her recent yoga episodes I was surprised, and moved, by how she brings to light the problem of violence against women… Read More

You Can Cure a Disease and Have Fun at the Same Time

Cooperative gaming is all the rage these days, and if you’ve been wondering what it means to play “cooperatively,”  Pandemic is a great introduction. The game takes 2-4 players around the world in order to fight the spread of four diseases (represented by plastic cubes): blue, black, yellow, and the pernicious RED! I don’t know… Read More