Revisiting The Forest

By Tess Fox


In January, I wrote a critique of The Forest, a horror movie that came out at the beginning of that month.  The main character, Sara, travels to the Aokigahara Forest in Japan where her twin sister had disappeared to search for answers. During the movie, Sara battles evil spirits of the dead who are trying to kill her. Her traumatic past becomes fodder, making it easier for the spirits to victimize her.

The movie didn’t do so hot at the box office, bringing in 37.6 million.

It received a 4/10 rating from Rotten Tomatoes critics. While most of the movie’s critique revolved around the subpar horror aspect of the film, many criticized the plot. It was described as muddled and confusing in many reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

While the critics did not have anything to say about the topic of the movie, the internet got heated.

A review by Nicole Arca on echoed many of my concerns– the movie exploits suicide for a cheap thrill.

Another internet review by Charlene Jao pointed out how the movie could have included more Asian actors.

“Prioritizing a white character in a Japanese setting that’s as culturally significant as Aokigahara gives me the message that people don’t empathize with non-white characters and the stories of the actual people aren’t worth telling (or worse, inspiration for entertainment),” Jao said in their review.

On The Odyssey, there are several articles that detail the same points I made in my article. While people did go see this movie and some probably gave it a positive review, I’m glad to know that their are others out there who are sticking up for Asian actors and those with mental health issues.

Here’s my original article.


Rape IS a hate crime

By Tess Fox

The story continues. No, I’m not talking about the continuation of Star Wars. I’m referencing the continuing saga of Kesha’s mistreatment by the broken U.S. legal system.

If you missed the beginning of Kesha’s legal fight, you should read more about it.

The singer Kesha, formerly known at Ke$ha

On April 6, the judge presiding over her rape case against her producer dismissed it. The statute of limitations had run out on the events she included in her lawsuit. The judge also believed that the charges involving hate crimes could not stand, adding an interesting comment: “Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”

Okay. Let’s all take a deep breath and try to be calm. I’m struggling with this statement too, it’s alright.

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Separate but not equal: A look at women’s sports pay and coverage

By Tess Fox

Separate but not Equal Pay for Women’s Soccer Players

According to an article on ESPNW, , five soccer players, including Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, have filed charges against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the U.S women’s soccer team. Solo, Lloyd and Morgan are some of the star players on their team.

Their charges cite the USSF’s 2015 financial report, which shows that the women’s team made almost $20 million dollars more than the U.S. men’s team, yet the players on the women’s team are paid nearly four times less.

The U.S. women’s soccer team

Anyone who doubts that women are paid less than men, here’s your proof.


The women filed the suit after realizing that no one was going to make any effort to help them.


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Stop the Madness: Athletes can be rapists

By Tess Fox

Even though this has been my first season participating in March Madness pools, brackets and religiously keeping score of games, I was left with a sour taste in my mouth when I read about Yale University’s men’s basketball captain.

An unnamed woman accused Jack Montague of rape in October of 2014. The two became involved and slept together three times consensually. The woman said the fourth time was not consensual. Montague was expelled. The Yale University Wide Committee issued a ruling in early March.

“Only about one out of 10 cases ends in expulsion, and the decision to expel a student is made only after the most careful consideration, based on the facts and, when appropriate, disciplinary history,” university spokesman Thomas Conroy said to CNN.


Students at Yale University write supportive messages to survivors of sexual assault in early March.


The Yale university-wide committee concluded that he violated the school’s sexual misconduct policy. New Haven and Yale’s police departments have received no complaints about Montague. His lawyers have questioned the woman’s story. She has said that after being raped, she came back to spend the night with Montague. I can see how this may seem fishy to the lawyers. But think of it this way, the woman was probably feeling all kinds of emotions. A man she had begun seeing had just violated her after having a consensual relationship. She was probably confused, hurt, angry, sad, scared, any number of emotions.

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Question your heroes

By Tess Fox

This article contains graphic language.

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning
, Denver Broncos quarterback, has retired. If you can’t think of who is, he’s the football player on the Papa John’s and Nationwide commercials. He’s had a long, successful career without any major scandals that have become typical of NFL players. Well, except for this one time in college. Manning is accused of assaulting a female staff member during his time at University of Tennessee.

Dr. Jaime Naughright (at the time, Jaime Whited) was an athletic trainer at UT while Manning was a student there.

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RBG: Professional Activist

By Tess Fox

In honor of International Women’s Day (which is today, March 8), our blog is writing about influential women, celebrating their accomplishments and what their contributions mean to us today.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for a portait.
Ginsburg’s Supreme Court portrait

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Supreme Court Justice, has turned into an Internet sensation. It’s not because she’s a celebrity or the start of a television show on Bravo. Yet, you can buy a mug with her face because she has served as a figurehead for civil rights movement, mainly feminism, for almost fifty years.

“Young women today have a great advantage, and it is that there are no more closed doors,” she said in a speech at Harvard University. “That was basically what the 70s was all about. Opening doors that had been closed to women.”

She should know, she is one of the women that kicked down those doors.

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13 Great Books by Women of Color

By Tess Fox

Currently women of color make up less than 40 percent of the US population. By 2050, this will rise to 53 percent of the population. In 2014, 14 percent of books were by and about people of color.

A pie chart showing the race/ethnic breakdown of books reviewed by the New York Times in 2011. 65% were by Caucasian authors.

Small independent publishing companies, like Nothing But The Truth are attempting to make a dent in these numbers. VIDA tracks the breakdown of women in the literary arts. When authors of color are turned away, a blank spot is left in the history books. Already the United States has lost so much culture and voice by prohibiting certain peoples from publishing. Whatever is keeping these women from being published now is just as devastating.

Regardless of what genre you choose to read, it’s always important to search out new and unfamiliar work. New perspectives can broaden your horizons and make you see things in a different light. One way you can help is to create demand for these little known, yet fabulous authors. This is a list of books by women of color that I encourage you to take a spin through. There is something for everyone on the list!

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