Tag Archives: History

Japan’s gender-bending history

Genking, a male-born Japanese TV personality and ‘genderless’ pioneer. _genking_/Instagram Jennifer Robertson, University of Michigan I’m an anthropologist who grew up in Japan and has lived there, off and on, for 22 years. Yet every visit to Tokyo’s Harajuku District still surprises me. In the eye-catching styles modeled by fashion-conscious young adults, there’s a kind of …

More than a villain: Ivar the Boneless and disability

By Alice Wong Originally posted on the Disability Visibility Project I watch a LOT of television–the good, the bad, the ugly, the ableist, the superficial, and everything in between. I discovered the History Channel‘s original series Vikings through a friend on Twitter, @CaperWheelLady. We first connected as disabled people and fans of the bloody beautiful …

Diversity Alert: “Star Wars: Episode VIII”, Ava DuVernay, “Roots” and “Underground” TV Trailers+ More

There’s a couple of big ticket items to discuss! Topping the list is Star Wars: Episode VIII, Ava DuVernay’s projects, and some trailers from Roots and Underground. Star Wars: Episode VIII The biggest news of this week is the beginning of filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII! John Boyega, who just won a Rising Star BAFTA …