Quickies

Quickies: Ghostwriter, Margot Robbie, and the Trans/Adoption Correlation

  • Ghostwriter: The Most Literary ’90s Kids Show – “They were all budding poets, songwriters, gamers, trivia aficionados, and mystery lovers, demonstrating that there are myriad ways to engage with language. A few minutes into the first episode, Lenni sounds her way through a handwritten rap, showing kids how language needs to be worked and controlled in order to achieve clarity. Her friend Alex reads detective novels, which are exciting but also help hone his decoding and storytelling skills. Although a passion for words comes naturally to these kids, the arrival of Ghostwriter causes them to seek even deeper meaning in language and use it to spur action—a lesson I took to heart as a young viewer.”
  • The Nightmare World of Leo the Lion, Netflix’s Worst Movie – “Briefly: A lion named Leo, who is a vegetarian, has to escort two child elephants, a leopard, and a monkey to a magical lake somewhere in the jungle. This is referred to in the audio as ‘the heart of the jungle.’ In the subtitles, it is known as the ‘Lake of Milk.’ “
  • Margot Robbie deserves better than Suicide Squad’s sexism – “In an ideal world, Harley Quinn should have been different, and yet Suicide Squad just reinforced the fact that men want to possess Robbie rather than celebrate her. The camera crassly lingers over the way her butt hangs out of her booty shorts—blithely ignoring how she must get terrible wedgies—and the script refuses to give her any motivation outside wanting to reunite with the Joker (Jared Leto), her psychotic, manipulative boyfriend, who electrocutes her and makes her jump into a vat of acid to prove her love.”
  • Trans And Adopted: Exploring Teen Identity – “Shumer suggests another factor when it comes to families with adopted trans children: ‘Perhaps parents who adopt kids are more open to differences in gender identity — may have less shame in the fact that their child may be transgender,’ he says, ‘[and] may be more likely to present to clinics for help.’ “
  • The tyranny of a traffic ticket – “It begins with one ticket or a traffic stop. But if someone can’t afford to pay that fine, police might try to stop or arrest him or her again to get the person to pay up. This can lead to someone getting fined again for not paying up the first time. And again. And again. One ticket leads to a vicious cycle that can sink someone for life.”

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1 Comment

  1. August 9, 2016 at 11:21 am —

    It is very expensive to be poor =(
    We need progressive fine laws, where the fine is based on net worth and/or income.

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