Harvest Moon: An Exploration of Gender Stereotypes

“Video games of varying genres shaped my childhood, but none more so than the Harvest Moon series – which (accidentally) introduced me to characters that broke the gender norms I’d come to accept as facts.”

Check out my recent publication at Pop Culture Uncovered!

Pop Culture Uncovered

Scientific studies laud video games for the variety of real-world benefits they offer players, ranging from neurologically combatting depression to restructuring the way we think. When it comes to gender, though, we rarely hear good news; it’s easy to find discussions on the sexualization of female characters and the harassment faced by cosplayers who dress as these characters.
But that doesn’t mean that there are only negative stories. Video games of varying genres shaped my childhood, but none more so than the Harvest Moon series – which (accidentally) introduced me to characters that broke the gender norms I’d come to accept as facts.

Girls and Flowers
Also known as Story of Seasons, Harvest Moon is a franchise built on a simple premise: your character has decided to revive a derelict farm. Your main goals consist of planting and watering crops, caring for livestock, and creating a life in…

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{Guest Post}: Sexism

Good news, everyone! It’s my very first guest post 🙂 Check it out below!

Just a Girl and a Bike

{Hello to all my readers.  This post was written by a very talented fellow blogger, Natalie.  I know that I have readers out there that will really enjoy this very insightful post.  Happy reading :)}

Let’s talk about sexism.

It sounds simple: there are boys and there are girls, and everyone should be treated equally. Telling women they should have children instead of work? Sexist. Telling men they shouldn’t show emotion or cry – ever? Also sexist. And pressuring girls to wear pink and boys to wear blue? See previous statements.

No one wants to admit that they might be sexist, but maybe we, as a society, need to talk about. I confess – I’m a recovering sexist.

Tomboy Image Credit: Chris Murphy, creative commons

If I had to summarize my personality in one word, I’d choose “tomboy.” In high school, I played competitive tennis. In college, I bought a…

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Short Fiction Publication!

1:1000 is a unique journal that pairs stories and essay with images — a new turn on the cliché “A picture is worth a thousand words.” And the most exciting part? As of today, my newest short fiction piece about gender is available with them — “The Power of Water” — paired with Kayla King’s gorgeous river shot. Woohoo!

You can check it out here. Let’s show 1:1000 some love! 🙂

Not a girl, not a boy, Maddie was in between, fluid.

Image courtesy of 1:1000

Women in Action Comics

I’ve always loved comic books. In my early teens, I read only manga (a.k.a. Japanese comic books). Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time rereading and reviewing them on Goodreads, and I’ve noticed a weird trend. 

It sucks to be a woman in shonen manga.

“Shonen” is a genre of Japanese comic books with plots such as sports, sci-fi, fantasy, action/adventure, etc., featuring male leads. It’s usually marketed to boys, much like the US’s action genre.

So what’s the issue? Having a male lead isn’t a problem, though ideally, the spread between male and female leads in action series should be more even.

The trouble is that female characters get sidelined. Continue reading

MTV Publication!

“Is this real life? Is it just fantasy?”

This has been one of those weeks that can’t possibly be real. Queen, it must be fantasy.

Yesterday, I found out that Nanoism accepted my twitter fiction. Today, MTV accepted my essay on overcoming gender stereotypes, “Confessions from an Ex-Sexist.”

Woohoo! What an awesome start to the week (and to April).

Check out my short article here. Let’s show MTV some love 🙂


Gender & Cussing [NSFW]

As its title suggests, this post contains swearing and is Not Safe For Work. Consider this your warning 🙂

There are two employees. One is a highly-driven corporate executive, John Doe. Things get done, but John loads the pressure on his employees. Behind his back, they call him things like “prick” and “asshole.”

The other is also a determined executive: Jane. She shares many qualities with John, with one key difference: Jane’s employees call her a bitch. Continue reading

Gender and Children’s Clothes — A Survey!

My blogging buddy Grandad Jumper is conducting a survey about gender stereotypes and children’s clothing for her thesis. It’s eight questions long and confidential. If you have five minutes to spare, and an opinion on gender stereotypes in clothing, check out the link below.

UPDATE: The survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer the questions! So ends this round of audience participation 😉


Want to read more about gender stereotypes? Check out my recent post about International Women’s Day or my most popular post (so far!): How Ballroom Dancing Redefined Femininity (for me, anyway).

International Women’s Day

Google is sponsoring a #OneDayIWill campaign with today’s Doodle; the hashtags #IWD2016 and #InternationalWomensDay have over a million Tweets (UPDATE: and 2017’s hashtags look to be just as popular). That’s a lot of folks who support women and their achievements and struggles — hooray!

But as much as I love the positive connotations of IWD, I’m not sure about March 8th. Do we need a special day to value women? I feel the same about holidays like Valentine’s Day, when we’re expected to prove our love for our significant others via gifts and fancy dinners.


Sounds pretty corporate to me, a way to market candy and flowers and jewelry in retail’s slow post-Christmas months. Shouldn’t we love our partner every day? Continue reading