Author: Tara M. Clapper

Trump Wins 2016, Not Women: The Geek Initiative Editorial

As the founder and senior editor of a website striving to advance the interests of women in geek culture intersectionally, I’ve been thinking about what to say to this community since the states started flipping red on the map. Through this election season, we as a publication have remained overtly left, championing acceptance over hate, but not tackling the political issues directly because it was a challenge and because those who do desire equality often felt disenfranchised and divided within our own movements. No one pitched me a political post and I did not solicit any. That was a...

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Is LARP like ‘Role Models?’

LARP organizers and experienced LARPers have heard this question more than once: Is LARP like Role Models? Those new to LARP might have a genuine interest in this topic. In the hit film Role Models, the two main characters (Wheeler and Danny, played by Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd) are ‘condemned’ to community service at an organization called Study Wings – not entirely unlike a Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. At Sturdy Wings is Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), a teen with parents who are concerned about his primary social activity: LARPing. The movie explores LARPing as it relates to...

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6 Tips for Playing a Bard at a LARP

Have you ever wanted to play a bard at a LARP (live action role playing game)? This seems like a natural choice, especially if you love to sing, dance, act or recite poetry. If you’re ready to take on or improve this role, how should you prepare? Practice Your Craft In some ways, performing at a LARP is no different than performing in real life. It requires practice and expression. Even though many games will allow you to learn certain spells or compositions to present in-game effects with each performance, you still need to captivate your audience and hold their...

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Live Performance Review: William Shatner in ‘Shatner’s World’

What comes to mind when you think about William Shatner? Likely it’s his work on “Star Trek,” a reputation for being petty, or some really ‘out there’ music he recorded. Maybe it’s his penchant for over-acting. My perception of William Shatner was limited to these popular notions until I saw “Shatner’s World” at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA. Shatner recognizes he’s at the waning phase of his life as he recounts all the things he’s grateful for. “Shatner’s World” provides an insider perspective – the audience learns not just what Shatner thinks and feels, but why. Revealed on...

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The (Latest) LARP Haven Dumpster Fire: When Demanding Equality is ‘Political’

Like most LARPers (live action role players), I’ve met some amazing and inspiring people at LARPs and online via the LARP community, including people who live all over the world. LARP has allowed me to broaden my world view with the common ground of this exciting game style / art form / hobby / creation. LARP Haven is a Facebook group accommodating international LARPers of all stripes. From newbies wondering how to get involved to professional LARP organizers, the group boasts over 5,4000 members at the writing of this post. Since its inception, leadership has changed, as have the nature...

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5 Tips to Avoid Catching and Spreading the Flu at LARP

LARPs (live action role playing games) are something many gamers look forward to. In most cases, your favorite LARP doesn’t happen every weekend. Even if it does, missing LARP means missing out on plot, role play, experience, social interaction and stress relief. Flu season creates a problem for LARPers who share sleeping quarters, bathrooms, kitchens and other facilities. How can you avoid getting sick at LARPs? Check out these five tips for avoiding flu at LARPs. If you’re sick, don’t go. Unfortunately, it’s easy to spread the flu to others, especially when you’re sharing a tent and bathrooms. If...

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A Feminist Review of ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

The third installment of the “Bridget Jones” movies, Bridget Jones’s Baby examines the life of Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) at age forty-three. She begins the movie in a realistic and familiar place: alone in her apartment with a glass of wine as she wonders how she came to celebrate her birthday alone. Her friends, of course, have obligations to their families and partners; her mother is running for office. And so Bridget resolves to get herself out of a rut once again. At this phase in her life, she takes action quickly. We find her already settled and confident...

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The Feminist 1960s Show We Were Waiting For: Amazon’s ‘Good Girls Revolt’

“Good Girls Revolt” is about women in Washington, D.C. who actively transform journalism into a more relevant, socially aware, and representative field. Creator Dana Calvo gives us a woman’s glimpse into the rapidly changing 1960s. In AMC’s “Mad Men,” women have significant places in the shaping of the story, but the male-dominated world of advertising is often seen through the man’s point of view. Enter “Good Girls Revolt,” the tale of women who work at “News of the Week” (yep, it’s basically “Newsweek”) in the 1960s. “Good Girls Revolt” highlights challenging and changing gender roles and the way journalism...

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