March 21, 2014
I’ve just returned from the campus of Longwood University, where my husband Dave teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies. Over the years, I’ve visited campus a few times to hear Dave deliver a paper or introduce a speaker. Today, I went to watch him walk a mile in some serious, ruby-red high heels—the kind I wouldn’t wear because they would wreak havoc with my back. In addition to walking the walk, Dave talked the talk: he introduced the event, which is called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, as a playful way to engage men in the serious and necessary work of confronting male sexual violence against women. Dave praised the men—students, faculty, and staff—who were there for their willingness to confront both stereotypical gender roles and a topic that many find uncomfortable. And he called attention to the fact that the student newspaper had just this week run a front-page story about a female student’s rape.
March 13, 2014
A couple of months ago, I happened to walk by the TV as my husband was watching the pilot episode of Intelligence. “What’s that?” I asked.
“A show with Josh Holloway—he plays a man who’s had a computer chip implanted in his brain to help the government track down threats.”
“Seriously?” I said. “There’s a new show with Josh Holloway that has sci-fi elements and you didn’t tell me? Are there strong female characters in it?”
“I haven’t gotten that far, but it seems like it. The boss is a woman, and they’ve just brought on a new female character as his partner.”
“Well back that bad boy up—I’m watching it.”
I’ve been hooked ever since. Intelligence is off to a great start—it’s a show that empowers women, examines masculinity, explores the intersection of humanity and technology, and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. And did I mention it stars Josh Holloway?