Transitioning Perspectives: How Celebrity Transparency Effects LGBTQ Discourse [ARTICLE]
In recent years, there has been a growing visibility of transgender individuals in popular culture. Two recent examples of this are the public gender transitions of actors Elliott Page and Eddie Izzard. Both have been widely celebrated and have raised important questions about the visibility of transgender issues in American culture.
Goths and Satanism: Why the Confusion? [SPOKESMODEL ARTICLE]
This article aims to examine why people so often assume that Gothic people are Satanists, looking at the history of Satanism and the association with Witchcraft. Also examining how the media portrayal of tragic events has lead to Goths being labelled as Satanists.
A Southern Gothic Outlook: Light and Obscurity [ARTICLE]
“If you believe in light, it is because of obscurity. If you believe in joy, it is because of sadness, And if you believe in God, its because of the Devil.”
What is the biggest challenge facing the Gothic Family?
Redrawing Gender Boundaries: How Wonder Woman’s Box Office could help change Hollywood [EDITORIAL/ARTICLE]
Many of our Goth Family know that I fight fiercely for the empowerment of women, not by diminishing men, but by arguing for the simple removal of artificial gender barriers like the glass ceiling and other cultural artifacts from the past. Without these barriers, the best person will (or at least, has a chance to) win out. We now are in a position where we can all help tear down these barriers and I believe it’s our duty to do so!
“I Have to Be Medicated to Deal With My Kids”: One Mother’s Journey [ARTICLE]
I’ve always struggled with a strong temper, and it would almost always manifest itself via my mouth: yelling, cussing, and verbal attacks were my standard coping mechanisms when I’d get overwhelmed or frustrated by life. While that may not seem like a big deal, it becomes a MASSIVE problem when children are anywhere in the Anger Fallout Zone. As a kid, I was often on the receiving end of my mother’s Verbal Hiroshimas, because that’s simply what happens when you’re a stay-at-home mother of 7 kids and don’t have a support system to help you cope. Not wanting to repeat that experience with…
The Chic Side of Geek: Best States in the U.S. To Fit In [ARTICLE]
To paraphrase the incomparable Wil Wheaton, being a nerd is to be absolutely passionate about something and not care if anyone makes fun of you for it because that thing you love is so important to you. Whether your passion is clothes, comics, makeup, Doctor Who, or Magic the Gathering, we impassioned souls are nerds by definition. Yeah, we may be better dressed and more stylish than some stereotypical nerds on TV or in film, but who amongst us couldn’t have an impassioned discussion with personalities like those we see reflected in the CBS’ show, The Big Bang Theory?
Breaking The Law: Cory Doctorow, Deric Lostutter, and ‘Little Brother’ [ARTICLE]
If you don’t know Cory Doctorow’s name, don’t feel bad. I didn’t a month ago, either. That was, until I read, “Ready Player One,” for our review here at DGM. In the dystopian novel, the author mentions TWO freedom fighters that are still fighting the good fight for users rights in the future: Wil Wheaton and Cory Doctorow. I’m hugely familiar with Wheaton and respect his opinions enough that I’ve tried out a number of games based on his…
Gothic Christmas: The Black Manger
Regardless of your beliefs about belief or the history of how Christmas came to be celebrated on December 25th, when we think about this holiday, itâ€™s helpful to realize that this is a time thatâ€™s especially entwined with the Gothic experience.
Large, Dark & Happy: My Journey to Realizing I Was Goth
Despite popular opinion, we don’t come out of the womb snapping at the bright light with newborn vampire teeth. There is usually a shedding of skin if you will. A point in time where you dress in black and don’t look back. Each has their own reason for their metamorphosis, their own shaping or revelation, the gleeful knowledge that we aren’t buying what society as a whole is selling… Only what Hot Topic is. (Quit hissing, it’s a joke.)