A Downton Abbey Valentine: What to Make of Marriage in Season Three

Note: This post contains spoilers for Season 3 of Downton Abbey.Like much of Britain and America, we here at Christ and Pop Culture love us some Downton Abbey, the Julian Fellowes television series that traces the lives of a family of English nobles and their servants over the course of the early twentieth century. One of the most recent exchanges on the series came in dueling articles published at The Atlantic. On February 6, Meghan Lewit contended that the “show is terrible at romance” and … [Read more...]

Before You Buy Your Valentine’s Day Chocolate, Read This

 Oh, Valentine's day. Riddled with expectations, horrible satin bows, and lots and lots of chocolate (58 million pounds sold each Valentine's week in the U.S. alone). But there is another, somewhat hidden story lurking underneath. Of the chocolate that we purchase for those near and dear to us this week, there is almost certainly a child slave laborer involved in producing it.I'm sorry to stomp on your "holiday", but it still needs to be said: stories on abuse in various food … [Read more...]