Category Archives: Opinions

Why We’re Celebrating Inclusion of Girls in Scouting

I am a woman and I have been a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America since I was 14 years old. I was a youth in Venture Scouts and Sea Scouts, I’ve been an adult leader in Sea Scouts, I’ve worked at a Boy Scout Camp, I’ve worked in non summer program for my local Council. I will be 25 in a few days and the best birthday present I could have ever received is the announcement that girls will be allowed to join Boy Scouts .

Everyone is proclaiming that finally girls are going to be part of the BSA when they’ve been able to be involved for years. Girls like myself have long been allowed to participate in a few select Co-Ed programs such as Venture Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Varsity Scouts. The ability to be part of the core Boy Scout program, however, is a monumental occasion and worthy of excitement and praise. Even more importantly, young women will be given the chance to earn the highly coveted rank of Eagle Scout. To say that I am jealous of all of the young women that will someday earn the rank of Eagle is an understatement, but I am beyond elated that I will see female Eagle Scouts exist.  Continue reading Why We’re Celebrating Inclusion of Girls in Scouting

Yes, Publishing the First Female Doctor’s Nude Screenshots is Still Sexist

On Sunday, the BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker would be taking over as the 13th Doctor for the upcoming season of Doctor Who. After decades of male Doctors, and several seasons of a showrunner whose gender politics are less than kind to women, the change is long overdue. Ratings drooped under Steven Moffat’s reign and the imagination doesn’t have to stretch far to connect the dots–female sci-fi fans expect better, and it looks like we’re finally getting it.

Not everyone is so pleased by the change, however. As the average misogynist took to twitter to complain about how they “they don’t call it Nurse Who for a reason,” several British publications bizarrely voiced their opinion by way of digging up screenshots of nude scenes Whittaker had done in previous work. The Sun, among a few other British magazines such as Mail Online and The Daily Star, published nude screenshots of Whittaker under all variety of disturbing headlines–Whittaker’s “saucy screen past” and her “Dalektable” figure were put under a microscope mere moments after her accomplishment was praised by previous actors who played the role.  Continue reading Yes, Publishing the First Female Doctor’s Nude Screenshots is Still Sexist

More Than Just the Number

“Now batting…for the Yankees…Number 2…Derek Jeter…Number 2.”

For 20 years, Bob Sheppard’s voice graced Yankee Stadium, old and new, with these eleven words.  Even though he had died four years before Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single in his final at bat in his final home game, Jeter was announced by the centenarian every time he took his first home at bat of the game.  This is who Derek Jeter was, and is, as a man: someone who respected the integrity of the game and the names that came before him.  He wanted the “Voice of God” to announce him because it would not have been the same, or right, to be announced by anyone else.  It was a small token of appreciation for what Sheppard had done for more than 50 years of his life, and this is my small token of appreciation for what Derek Jeter has done not just for me personally, but for The Bronx, New York, for 20 years of his life.  Continue reading More Than Just the Number