The Problem With the Makeover Trope

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Brigita Przybylski ** Warning: Spoilers ahead! ** A woman takes off her glasses, lets down her hair and… BOOM! Magically she’s attractive. Whenever a wardrobe montage or makeover scene comes on screen, I roll my eyes. Not only is the makeover trope in movies dated and offensive, it leads audiences…… Continue reading The Problem With the Makeover Trope

The Sweet Release

Photo by Greta Unetich By Greta Unetich (Title after Iain S. Thomas’s poem The Sweet Release) I am so tired I start to doze off, my head on your living room floor next to a pile of Scrabble tiles, curled up like a cat On an ottoman. I am so tired that the bath towel…… Continue reading The Sweet Release

Beyond Skin Tone

Photo by Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes “I saw you playing outside, under the sun,” my mom would angrily say when she picked me up after school. I listened as she drove our red minivan home. “I told you to stay in the shade!” She would say this a couple of times a week when…… Continue reading Beyond Skin Tone