The best part of Gravity? Sandra Bullock’s role offers us a different kind of female film hero. Not all women leads need to kick ass in order to be strong or complex. We need to see the stories of intelligent, quiet, reserved, vulnerable women too. Continue reading
Category Archives: Film, Media & TV
Vote for My SXSW Panel! Diversity in Film Criticism
Think gender and racial diversity in film and film criticism is important? If so, please vote for my SXSW Panel! Continue reading
Am I the Only Feminist Who Didn’t Really Like ‘The Heat?’ Or Why I Want My Humor Intersectional
It may have been women-centric with two charismatic and funny leads, but with its continual racism, ableism and transphobia, I just couldn’t like it. Continue reading
The Women of ‘Man of Steel’ and the Toxicity of Hyper-Masculinity
I initially thought this would be an annoyingly bro-tastic film with guidance and support strictly coming from the men in Superman’s life. But women play an equal role (although sadly their lives revolve around men), the importance of both femininity and masculinity is stressed and the film attempts to deconstruct hyper-masculinity. Continue reading
Does Uhura’s Empowerment Negate Sexism in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’?
Yes, Uhura rocks. And yes, she asserts her agency. But no matter how opinionated, smart and fabulous she is, the gains made by Uhura begin to erode when you factor in the incessant sexism swarming around. Continue reading
Is Pepper Potts No Longer the “Damsel in Distress” in ‘Iron Man 3’?
In ‘Iron Man 3,’ has Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) evolved past the “damsel in distress?” Is she now an empowered badass? Continue reading
Nothing Can Save ‘The Walking Dead’s Sexist Woman Problem
Looking at Season 3 of ‘The Walking Dead,’ is there less sexism than last season’s appalling anti-abortion storyline with Lori’s pregnancy? Did the addition of badass Michonne change the gender dynamics? Continue reading
In ‘Game of Thrones’ the Mother of Dragons Is Taking Down the Patriarchy
While many women orchestrate machinations behind the scenes, no woman is openly a leader, boldly challenging patriarchy to rule. Except for one. Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen. Continue reading
The Opinioness Talks Feminism and Veganism in ‘Ms. Magazine’ Interview!
Exciting news!! The awesome Avital Norman Nathman interviewed me for Ms. Magazine’s blog in an article”The Femisphere: Foodies and Food Politics,” profiling feminist food bloggers. Huzzah!! Continue reading
WAM! It Yourself Conference for Feminist Media Makers
I’m attending the 4th annual WAM! NYC Feminist Media Conference tomorrow, Saturday, March 23rd. We have a huge media problem. Women are overwhelmingly underrepresented in the media. So it’s time for us to do something about it.