Oh, My Pop Culture Unchristianity: Sandman’s Humanizing Subversion of Common Christian Tropes. Syng illustrates how Sandman plays with common Christian tropes.
An imperfect God is easier to believe in. Just as a mystical pregnancy that doesn’t result in special children (because statistically, so few people are likely to become Great; why should children of mystical pregnancies be any different from typical humans?), and the death of a son of god being much more personal than a momentous world-saving act is easier to believe in.
Oh, My Pop Culture Religion: Religious Practice in the Potterverse. Stinekey speculates on how magic and religion work in the Potterverse.
However, there are a few canonical instances where wizards do actually practice (Christian) religion in the series. St. Mungo’s, the wizarding hospital, is actually named for a real saint. St. Mungo, also known as St. Kentigern, was a Christian missionary who performed miracles and founded the city of Glasgow. The Fat Friar is the ghost of Hufflepuff House and was a monk in his former life.
Oh, My Pop Culture Vodou: Loa Misrepresentation in American Horror Story: Coven, or Will the Real Papa Legba Please Stand Up?. Pisces schools AHS on African-diasporic religions.
Like I said, part of the charm of AHS is all the appallingly offensive scenes, but generally what’s offensive is some mix of gore and/or sex. However, as a pagan, there was something I found particularly offensive this season—the portrayal of the Vodou deity, Papa Legba. Who’s Papa Legba, you ask? He’s a loa. What’s a loa? Oh, boy. Let’s start at the beginning.
Oh, My Pop Culture Religion: Steven Moffat, the New Feminist. Stinekey finds a branch of feminism that Moffat might actually fit into.
Showrunner of Doctor Who and co-creator of BBC’s Sherlock, Moffat’s storylines and female characters have attracted plenty of accusations of misogyny. But Moffat refuses to acknowledge any problems with the way he handles his shows. It’s abundantly clear that he believes he’s a feminist… and I think he might be right. Although he probably doesn’t know it, I believe Moffat is a New Feminist.
In Brightest Day: Lilo & Stitch and Childhood Abandonment Issues. Ace makes us all cry a little more while watching Lilo and Stitch.
It is this scene that we first realize that Lilo has psychological and behavioral problems. Not only is she dealing with her parents’ deaths by imagining that a fish might be responsible for creating bad weather, people suffering from PTSD of abandonment will also have “extreme sensitivity to perceived rejections, exclusions or criticisms”. They will act impulsively and have a “tendency toward unpredictable outbursts of anger”.
Do Raceless Characters Accomplish Anything?. Saika considers the naivety of thinking raceless characters will create more diversity.
A small part of any fandom may use a lack of race to create diverse headcanons for a character, but in general both fans and creators are going to default to white if race is unspecified. This is a problem that’s endemic in our culture. The idea that aracial characters are some sort of representation panacea is frighteningly naïve, and neglects the presence of white privilege and white supremacy in our society.
Show Some Skin! Or, When Will We Actually See Some Black Characters? Pisces reveals the sinister trend of having Black characters without actually showing them.
In short, where are African, African-diasporic, and African-American characters who can proudly show their skin to the audience? Why are they hidden inside suits or behind powers that hide or wash away their color? And are African animals considered “close enough” to authentic African representation that Disney may very likely never do an animated feature that is actually about African peoples and cultures?