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Ask Charles: How do I stop being jealous?

Dear Charles: My girlfriend and I have been going out for a year now and I know she is the one that I will marry in the future. But whenever she goes out with others, I always have that feeling that she is going to do something wrong. How do I get rid of this feeling and just trust her in general...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 5:23pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Caitlyn Jenner and the importance of representation

This week, a profile on Caitlyn Jenner and some amazing photos were posted in Vanity Fair. Caitlyn hit 2.16 million followers on Twitter at the time of this writing. Major news organizations are using the pronoun “she” in reference to her, something that wouldn’t have happened not so long ago. The...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:33pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Why Ms. Marvel needs her own show

Some people went to BBQs over the holiday weekend. Some went to the beach. I went to my local comic book store to load up on female superheroes. Okay, I went to a BBQ too, but I spent my time there talking about comic books, which will surprise no one.I’ve been writing about the new crop of...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 8:06am

Ask Charles: Am I just his booty call?

Dear Charles,I met this guy and went out a few times. Every date has been amazing. Too amazing, actually, because I ended up at his place at the end of the second date. (The sex was mind-blowing, by the way). We've been dating for the last couple of months, but at the end of every date he wants to...

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:49pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On rape on 'Game of Thrones' and elsewhere

We’re once again talking about rape in “Game of Thrones.” I hesitate to even write this story, which disturbs me more than what I’m writing about. I hesitate, because I know that, when I post this online, it’s going to start yet another series of hateful comments from people on both sides. I’m...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 8:50pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: 'Assassin's Creed' finally lets you play a female character

This week we learnedthat the newest “Assassin’s Creed” game, “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” will have a playable female character. Fans of the franchise will likely recall that when the last version of the game, “Assassin’s Creed: Unity,” came out, it had none. None that were playable, that is. They...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 10:41am

Third Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death by Islamic extremists

Reuters –A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh on Tuesday, the third killing of a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation in less than three months.Ananta Bijoy Das, a blogger who advocated secularism, was attacked by four assailants in the...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 3:39am

Ask Charles: What to do when he doesn't want a relationship

Dear Charles:I am currently traveling and I met a guy basically as soon as I arrived in the country. We started dating pretty much straight away. He ended up getting a room in same house-share, so we saw each other every day (but he usually stayed in my room with me). He broke it off just over two...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 5:44pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Don't cyberbully Joss Whedon (or anyone)

In thinking about what to write about today, a wave of exhaustion fell over me. Here I was thinking I’d be talking about May the 4th Be With You and the incredible “Star Wars” memories I heard all day. How it united us as a culture and how, after exactly one year of running a website that...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 10:30am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Why a woman should direct 'Wonder Woman' and 'Captain Marvel'

I spent the weekend on panels at Wizard World Las Vegas and more than a little of the time was taken up talking about whether or not it’s important to have a female director for the upcoming “Wonder Woman” and “Captain Marvel” movies. Shouldn’t it just be the best person for the job?There are a lot...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:42pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: 'Star Wars' approaches gender equality

As you all know, the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awaken”s was released this past weekend. As someone who grew up as a “Star Wars” fan, has a website named after a main character and has a Boba Fett helmet and a lightsaber in her trunk (hey, it’s best to be prepared), I was pretty psyched...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:52am

China jails journalist for leaking state secrets to foreign press

Reuters –A Chinese court has sentenced a journalist accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to a foreign website to seven years in prison, her lawyer said on Friday, a ruling that reflects the sensitivity surrounding the party's inner workings.Gao Yu, 71, who was tried behind closed...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:37am

Recipe: Diet friendly tofu brownies

When people mention tofu, I immediately associate it with savory dishes like Chinese mapo tofu, Korean spicy tofu soup, or Japanese miso tofu soup. But tofu and brownies? That is not a combination I’d ever think of.I learned recenty that tofu makes a good substitute for butter. A cup of butter,...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 2:17pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: 'Game of Thrones' can be feminist too

#EqualPayDay was this week, in case you haven’t been on Twitter lately. It’s a day to promote awareness of the wage gender gap. If you didn’t know, women still make an average of $.78 for every dollar that a man does. It varies depending on race, location and it’s a damn crappy statistic. Sadly, a...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 7:00am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: Casual sexism still reigns at geek cons

This past weekend was WonderCon, a comics convention full of cosplay, fandom, geekery and, sadly, casual sexism. One of my Legion of Leia writers posted a story about an incident that I hear about far too often. A woman was about to purchase a large and expensive quantity of geeky goodness when she...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 7:39pm

Beauty hack: Get full lips with one easy step

Beauty hack alert! Using a toothbrush toexfoliate your lips is your key to softer, fuller and juicier lips! It’s a great alternative to drugstore products and all you need is a toothbrush with straight, soft bristles – make sure it’s new!Wendy Teresita recommends the Oral B Soft toothbrush....

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 3:23am

Geek Girl in Hollywood: The positive stuff happening for women

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about men who are feminist allies. The response to writing something positive was louder than I expected. It got me thinking about talking about the good things that are happening for women in Hollywood, as well as pointing out what’s wrong.Now, I know we women get...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:39am

While you were sleeping...

Good morning.While you were sleeping, an India landslide killed 10 in their sleep.Republicans feared Obama the most, while diplomats feared failed nuclear talks. Israel's ex-PM was busted for bribes. Religious maniacs hacked asecular blogger to death.Republicans thought Obama was an ogreRight-...

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 2:35pm

Second blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Reuters –A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Monday, the second attack in five weeks on a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.Washikur Rahman, a secular blogger, was attacked by young religious students...

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 2:20pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: In praise of fan fiction

This week, WonderCon canceled a panel about fan fiction after complaints on Twitter. If you’re not familiar with the term, fan fiction is a story about an established character or world written by someone other than the original author. Well, maybe you heard about it when “Fifty Shades of Grey”...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 4:30pm