‘Middle of Nowhere’: A Complicated, Transformational & Feminist Love Story
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‘Middle of Nowhere’: A Complicated, Transformational & Feminist Love Story

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of Women and Color in Film and TV Week. I often talk about how I want to see more female-fronted films, created by female filmmakers, including women of color on-screen and behind the camera. I want complex, strong, intelligent, resilient, vulnerable, flawed women characters. I want more realistic … Continue reading

‘Yelling to the Sky’: Gender, Race and a Girl Struggling to Survive Her Chaotic Homelife
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‘Yelling to the Sky’: Gender, Race and a Girl Struggling to Survive Her Chaotic Homelife

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of Women of Color in Film and TV Week. Yelling to the Sky struck a visceral chord with me. I related to it in a way I often don’t with films. I’m not a biracial woman growing up impoverished, who turns to selling drugs as a means of … Continue reading

2013 Athena Film Festival: Films on Women & Leadership
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2013 Athena Film Festival: Films on Women & Leadership

Excerpts of this post originally published at Bitch Flicks. I’m super excited by the 3rd annual Athena Film Festival! I’ve attended each year (you know The Opinioness loves feminist films!) watching fearless and inspirational women on-screen and listening to brave and bold filmmakers. The festival features narrative films, documentaries, short films along with panels and … Continue reading

‘Haywire’ Review: Is an Ass-Kicking Woman Enough to Change Gender Roles On-Screen?
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‘Haywire’ Review: Is an Ass-Kicking Woman Enough to Change Gender Roles On-Screen?

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Who is Gina Carano? That question might haunt you after watching Haywire or seeing its trailer. We need more women in films, especially in the action genre. But is having a film revolve around a tough, smart female protagonist who kicks ass enough to change gender roles on-screen? With an … Continue reading

Wonder Women?: The Myth of Action Heroines in Film Shattering Gender Stereotypes
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Wonder Women?: The Myth of Action Heroines in Film Shattering Gender Stereotypes

Does watching powerful women fight crime and kick ass on-screen inspire other women?  Does it shatter barriers of gender roles? Last month, my fave blogger Melissa Silverstein at Women & Hollywood explored this very question: do women in action films break gender stereotypes?  She came across a new study that emphatically said no.  Silverstein examined … Continue reading