October 18, 2013 |
In the days after Megan Chuhran was sexually assaulted in a Kalamazoo College dorm room, she felt like she was torn between two terrible options: let the traumatic experience go, or endure months of interviews, hearings and investigations from professors, students and campus security to seek justice against her accused rapist, a fellow student. Chuhran's memory of the night in 2004 is patchy - she suspects because she may have been slipped a date rape drug while drinking at an off-campus party, though no toxicology assessment was ever performed.
August 1, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) Early in the Danish drama "The Hunt," Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen) tells his wife, Agnes (Anna Louise Hassing), that she's beautiful because she doesn't know it. Since he neglects to cite One Direction, I assume he wants his word to be taken on its own. But taking a man's word isn't always possible, as the couple's best friend, Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen of NBC's "Hannibal"), learns after Theo and Agnes' kindergartner, Klara (Annika Wedderkopp), claims Lucas -- her neighbor and a teacher at her school -- exposed...
July 4, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of 4) Though it'd make a good title for a biopic about Jessie Spano, “I'm So Excited!” actually comes from acclaimed and recently slumping writer-director Pedro Almodovar. The film does contain a performance of the Pointer Sisters' classic - it's just, in typical Almodovar style, an exaggerated lip-sync by three flamboyant stewards aboard a Mexico-bound flight whose busted landing gear causes them to circle in air indefinitely. If that sounds too gleefully over-the-top for you, stop reading now. Almodovar opens...
March 20, 2013 |
Ever since the news broke of the Steubenville sexual assault case, in which two high school football players, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, raped an unconscious girl at a party, I've been trying to place that story in some kind of context. After all, this happened at high school very much like mine, in a town very much like mine, approximately two hours to the east of where I grew up in Ohio. So you go back in your head. You try to remember high school and being a high school athlete and attempt to formulate a set of circumstances that allow such a...
February 13, 2013 |
I know things are supposed to be all Valentine's Day-y, with streets chock-full of pink hearts and movie posters for that new Katherine Heigl movie, "The Big Wedding," but let's take a break from all that love and fun to talk about something super not fun but also super important: violence against women. I know, I warned you it wasn't going to be fun. This week, the Senate passed a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, placing the focus square on the House. VAWA was enacted in 1994 to protect women, who are the primary victims of abuse, from all forms of violence.
January 17, 2013 |
At least the skeleton that came tumbling out of Notre Dame's closet wasn't a real one this time. If the scandal surrounding Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend has taught us anything, it's that we need to seriously re-evaluate how we as a society assign the label of "victim. " Te'o is not a victim. Northbrook's Lizzy Seeberg, on the other hand, was very much a victim. We cannot, as a society, afford to forget this. If Seeberg's name doesn't sound familiar, it's because Notre Dame would rather you not know her. Seeberg is the St. Mary's...