Sorry but the word Mansplain sucks

So Macquarie Dictionary’s 2014 word of the year is Mansplain: “verb (t) Colloquial (humorous) (of a man) to explain (something) to a woman, in a way that is patronising because it assumes that a woman will be ignorant of the subject matter. [MAN + (EX)PLAIN with s inserted to create a pronunciation link with explain.”Continue reading “Sorry but the word Mansplain sucks”

Let’s talk about the Bechdel Test

Here’s another rambling catalogue of my thoughts as I explore the workings of feminism. This time it is about the Bechdel Test, the famous measure by which books, movies, TV shows, and all variety of stories are tested against for gender bias. The criteria are quite simple: It has to have at least two womenContinue reading “Let’s talk about the Bechdel Test”

The Evolution of Language

I used to call myself a -cringe- ‘Grammar Nazi’. Political correctness aside, I was pretty passionate about the correct usage of the English language in both speech and writing. Perhaps it was because of my natural love for words that I happily accepted my mother’s corrections to my growing vocabulary rather than the normal reactionContinue reading “The Evolution of Language”

I’m Excited: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket test launch

I love space. I am just so excited by the prospect of life outside of our planet and the sheer engineering feats undertaken to get us into space. I admit I am not the most technically-minded person, so perhaps it is a little bit of magic too (though I consume updates on the space programContinue reading “I’m Excited: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket test launch”