Deconstructing Militainment

Learn how militainment works and the ways the military uses movies to recruit young people into the army. The channel Pop Culture Detective is a treasure trove of smart video essays examining how men and masculinity are portrayed in modern film. His other videos: The Adorkable Misogyny of The Big Bang Theory, Predatory Romance in Harrison Ford Movies, and The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamanderm are also all really insightful looks at some of the most influential pop properties today.

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Let’s Just Get This Straight

People have been doing a lot of theorizing and philosophizing to cope with the United States’ presidential election and its outcome. Many people couldn’t and wouldn’t believe what they had witnessed. The ideals of authoritarianism and white nationalism were moving into the White House 2017, and Liberals were stunned that a Muslim registry, wall building, waterboarding and rights revoking would continue to be part of the national discourse at even greater threat. Tuesday November 8th, a loud-mouth ex-reality tv star and world famous braggart, facing both fraud and sexual assault charges, had won the presidency of the United States; and Donald J Trump did it not by having the most votes but instead by having them in the right places. His victory was the product …

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Kool-Aide A Coming

We are now in the aftermath of the 2016 Trumpsterfuck. And though I am not really a cynic, I know because the human condition craves peace of mind, people will start to drink the Kool-Aid pretty fast. Normalizing and thus legitimatizing Trump has already begun. “Oh no he’s not going to do what he said, he didn’t really mean that.” As Maya Angelou said, “When people show who they are, believe them.” Resist co-option and normalization. When he does the late-night talk show circuit, and you start laugh at Fraudster-Elect’s jokes, your signature starts to form on what just under half the American public has given him license to do. Remember this is a man who wants to ban people of a certain religion from …

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Still Confused But Ready For Real Talk

You said you wanted change and now you got it. Now it’s happened. The earth shook beneath your feet and now you need to figure out how you’re going to survive. First let me say please take the time to move through your emotions. Cry, pound the ground, talk to your friends, you need to process the shock. Find your safe space or sanctuary of operations; and if have it, try and offer it to others. No matter the conditions kindness is always worth more than gold. It’s ok to regroup. Maybe you need a week maybe a month but please give yourself a deadline. Because I’m serious, in the words of Ari Fitz, “We need you!” Like any earthquake there are aftershocks that are …

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