Who’s Infringing Upon Men’s Rights?

My target audience for this blog post is men. I share my thoughts and questions so that other men can question their role in society and how to create a better world. For far too long, women have spoken out. It's time for men to listen and act. As a white man, I live a … Continue reading Who’s Infringing Upon Men’s Rights?

The Fight to Control Women

"Recent years have seen a panic over "online red-light districts," which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be rescued from … Continue reading The Fight to Control Women

Portraits of a Changing America

Last month, I watched a number of new documentaries. Three of these stood out thanks to their connective stories. Three stories that each follow an American protagonist. Three legal battles over ideology, whether good or bad. Three very different areas of society that link past challenges to future opportunities, through present discussions. Past: Welcome to Leith White … Continue reading Portraits of a Changing America

Masculinity Unmasked

Masculinity is defined as the possession of the qualities traditionally associated with men. But, what type of men? In the documentary The Mask You Live In, director Jennifer Siebel Newsom explores the masculine qualities found in the United States today, asking the viewer to question the harm they are causing to boys. (The film is available online; … Continue reading Masculinity Unmasked

Religion as Political Scapegoat

This is not about terrorism. Terrorism is the excuse. This is about economic and social control. And the only thing you're really protecting is the supremacy of your government. This reflection from the 2016 docu-drama Snowden illustrates the current world we live in. A world, we're told, filled with terrorist threats. But, are we in danger? In his book The … Continue reading Religion as Political Scapegoat

The Cyberweapons Race Has Begun

Alex Gibney's latest documentary film covers the phenomenon surrounding the Stuxnet computer virus and the development of the malware software known as "Olympic Games". The Stuxnet worm, a groundbreaking virus jointly created by the US and Israel, has the power to cripple nuclear plants and more. Gibney's film, Zero Days (2016), documents several aspects of this particular cyberweapon: from … Continue reading The Cyberweapons Race Has Begun

Hollywood Caricatures

Hollywood films seem like the biggest advertisements for the United States of America. Action movies show muscled heroes saving cities like New York and Los Angeles from certain danger. Family dramas live in American suburbs, while romantic comedies maze through the downtown restaurants and bars. Westerns hearken back to frontier times and science fiction marvels at American space exploration. In addition … Continue reading Hollywood Caricatures

Black Power and the Black Panthers

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Writing for Jacobin Magazine, Robert Greene II discusses the lasting relevance of the Black Panthers and their anti-racist, anti-capitalist vision: The work of the Black Panthers remains important for several reasons. First, they remind us that the problem of police brutality has long been with us (Martin … Continue reading Black Power and the Black Panthers

Subliminal Activism: Photographs by Edward Burtynsky

"I wish my artwork could persuade millions of people to join a global conversation about sustainability." - Edward Burtynsky Through his aerial images, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has indeed persuaded many people, including myself, to join the conversation on environmental sustainability. (Edward Burtynsky’s artist website here. Photos above from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 sources.) The man-made industrial landscapes … Continue reading Subliminal Activism: Photographs by Edward Burtynsky

The American Injustice System: Manufacturing Criminals

Earlier this year, Netflix released Making a Murderer, a 10-episode series that examines the life of Steven Avery. Avery spent 18 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit. Avery was exonerated with the aid of the Innocence Project and the actual perpetrator was found. To date, the work of the Innocence Project has led to the freeing of … Continue reading The American Injustice System: Manufacturing Criminals