Born Sexy Yesterday

This video essay is about a gendered trope that has bothered me for years but didn’t have a name, so I gave it one: Born Sexy Yesterday. It’s a science fiction convention where the mind of what’s essentially a naive, yet highly skilled, girl is written into the body of a mature sexualized woman. Born sexy yesterday is about an unbalanced relationship dynamic, but it’s also very much connected to masculinity. The subtext of the trope is rooted in a deep seated male insecurity around experienced women and sexuality.

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• The Mary Sue – Science Fiction and the Problem with the Born Sexy Yesterday Trope
• io9 – Video Explores Scifi Trope of Women Who Are Born Sexy Yesterday
• AV Club – Sci-fi’s troubling trope of serving up hot adult women with the minds of children
• Geek.com – Science Fiction Really Hasn’t Been Good to Women
• The Verge – Why are some of sci-fi’s beloved female leads hopelessly naive?

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Romance According to Harrison Ford Movies

Harrison Ford has played some of the most iconic male heroes ever to appear on film. Many of his most popular characters antagonize women, disregard basic ideas of consent and ultimately force themselves on their love interests. Although each movie attempts to frame these actions as sexy or romantic, predatory is a more fitting description.

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The Stormtrooper Paradox: Finn’s Awakening


The Force Awakens does what no other movie in the long running Star Wars franchise has even done before: it humanizes Stormtroopers. Strangely the filmmakers seen unaware of the rather profound implications their new narrative has for the rest of their cinematic universe.

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AV Club – A moral inquiry into the pleasure of watching Stormtroopers die in Star Wars
io9 – The Paradox of Humanizing Star Wars’ Stormtroopers

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Donald Trump And The Lovable Misogynist Trope

Why wasn’t Donald Trump’s blatant and unashamed misogyny a deal breaker for voters? I argue it has a lot to do with the ways pop culture, especially television sitcoms, work to normalizes sexist behavior.

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The Subversive Boyhood of Steven Universe

The Cartoon Network series Steven Universe is an adventure show about a boy with super powers derived from an interstellar gemstone in his belly. But in many ways it’s also a coming-of-age story about a young man growing up and trying to find his place in the world. In this episode we discussing how Steven’s empathic superpowers function as a subversion of traditional boy hero tropes.

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