Film, Music, TV

Rooney Mara’s Captivating Portrayal In ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Proves Lisbeth Salander Still a Feminist Icon

Posted on December 27, 2011

Lisbeth Salander consumes my thoughts. I’ve spent the last year and a half reading, writing, analyzing, debating and discussing the punk hacker. As a huge fan of the books and the original Swedish films, I was NOT excited to see … Continue reading →

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Why I’m Not Excited to See Hollywood’s ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Posted on December 20, 2011

Studio execs worry if women will go see Hollywood’s remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Some speculate it’s because of the graphic trailer or the holiday release. I’ll be seeing it tonight. But count me in as one of … Continue reading →

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Before Premiere of ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Remake, Revisit the Original Film & Lisbeth Salander’s Badassery

Posted on December 19, 2011

If you’ve read my film reviews, you might know by obsession with Lisbeth Salander. Having read all the books and seen the original Swedish films, I adore the strong female protagonist. An introverted and brilliant researcher and hacker, she aids … Continue reading →

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A Fine Frenzy: With an Outspoken Anti-Heroine and a Feminist Lens, ‘Young Adult’ Is My Favorite Film of the Year

Posted on December 16, 2011

Cross-posted at Bitch Flicks. We so often see men in films as wayward fuck-ups. Ben Stiller in Greenberg, Zach Braff in Garden State, Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets all fill this role. Selfish asshats who do the … Continue reading →

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Animated Children’s Films Series at Bitch Flicks: Despite an Intelligent Heroine, Beauty Obsession, Sexism & Stockholm Syndrome Taint Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Posted on December 11, 2011

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their Animated Children’s Films Series. An intelligent, strong-willed, female protagonist. Who reads books. And seeks adventure. With a heroine like Belle, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, must be a feminist-minded film. Right?? … Continue reading →

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Why Feminist Reviews of Animated Children’s Films at ‘Bitch Flicks’ Matter

Posted on December 5, 2011

Media affects how we view gender roles and identity. Children learn gender performance through movies, books, and TV. So all this week, and last week too, my fave feminist blog Bitch Flicks is featuring posts analyzing gender and female characters … Continue reading →

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‘War Redefined’ Challenges War as a Male Domain & Examines How Violent Conflict Impacts Women in ‘Women, War & Peace’ Series

Posted on November 28, 2011

When we think of war, we often think of soldiers, tanks, weapons and battlefields. But most wars breach boundaries, affecting civilians, mostly women and children. Soldiers, guerillas and paramilitaries use tactics such as rape, fear, murder and pushing people off … Continue reading →

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Afro-Colombian Female Leaders Defy Death Threats to Hold Onto Their Land in ‘Women, War & Peace’s ‘The War We Are Living’

Posted on November 25, 2011

Imagine you walk into your home. An eviction notice awaits you. The government demands you relocate in order to dig up your land. If you choose not to leave, you receive death threats. This is the reality many Colombian civilians … Continue reading →

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Why I’m Excited About Pixar’s ‘Brave’ & Its Kick-Ass Female Protagonist…Even If She Is Another Princess

Posted on November 19, 2011

A few days ago, Disney’s Pixar released its trailer for its newest animated film, Brave. Why is this such a huge deal? Why am I so freaking excited to see it?? Because out of the 12 films Pixar has produced, … Continue reading →

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Afghan Women Fight to Not Have Their Rights Bargained Away in ‘Peace Unveiled’ in ‘Women, War & Peace’ Series

Posted on November 8, 2011

For the past year, revolutions swept across North Africa and the Middle East. Despite their vocal presence, the media didn’t initially display women’s involvement in the protests and negotiations. The same could be said in Afghanistan. It appeared the strides … Continue reading →

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‘Pray the Devil Back to Hell’ in ‘Women, War & Peace’ Portrays How the Women of Liberia, United in Peace, Changed a Nation

Posted on November 8, 2011

Men often dominate the debate of war, negotiation and even peace. Only one woman had ever won the Nobel Peace Prize in Africa. Until now. Last month, three women won the prize, including Leymah Gbowee and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (along … Continue reading →

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Bitch Flicks Horror Week 2011: Ellen Ripley, a Feminist Film Icon, Battles Horrifying Aliens…and Patriarchy

Posted on October 28, 2011

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their Horror Week 2011 series. When I was 10 years old, the scariest movie I ever saw was Aliens. I remember the first time I saw it like it was yesterday. Late … Continue reading →

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Women in Horror Films Week at Bitch Flicks!

Posted on October 25, 2011

In October, I love seeing the leaves change color, visiting historic Salem to learn about the frightful witch trials, and of course watching scary movies. With Halloween right around the corner, this marks the perfect time to celebrate horror films, … Continue reading →

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Documentary ‘Miss Representation’ Premiering on OWN Is a Must-See Film

Posted on October 19, 2011

If you have cable, you simply must watch the phenomenal documentary Miss Representation, airing TOMORROW night, 10/20 at 9pm EST on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. I had the privilege to see it at the Athena Film Festival in NYC … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: Cracked.com Makes Obnoxious Assumptions While Critiquing Hollywood’s Obnoxious Assumptions

Posted on October 18, 2011

Written by Stephanie Rogers. Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Cross-posted with permission. Last week, I somehow ended up on Cracked.com reading a post called, “6 Obnoxious Assumptions Hollywood Makes About Women.” It’s no surprise that I ended up there, given … Continue reading →

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In ‘Women, War & Peace’s ‘I Came to Testify’ Brave Bosnian Women Speak Out About Surviving Rape as a Weapon of War

Posted on October 13, 2011

Cross-posted at Bitch Flicks. When we discuss war and security, we don’t often explore its ramifications on women. Rape and sexual assault are common threats women face globally. But of all the artillery and tactics soldiers use, we rarely think … Continue reading →

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Warriors & Peacemakers: Innovative PBS Documentary Series ‘Women, War and Peace’ Explores Women’s Role in Conflict

Posted on October 4, 2011

Cross-posted at Fem2pt0. As crystallized in the coverage of the North African revolutions, journalists, media pundits and the public often forget women’s participation in conflict and security. When people discuss war, they often don’t take women or gender into account. … Continue reading →

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Emmy Week 2011 at Bitch Flicks: Why Steely Homicide Detective Sarah Linden of ‘The Killing’ Is So Refreshing

Posted on September 15, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Who killed Rosie Larsen? This is the pivotal question that motivates The Killing. While a murder mystery, the true catalyst of the show resides in the nuanced characters, particularly steely homicide detective Sarah Linden. Often … Continue reading →

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Emmy Week at Bitch Flicks!

Posted on September 8, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Awards shows often overlook women’s contributions in media and the arts. Except of course for the categories specifically designated for them, such as Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress. That’s why I’m thrilled Bitch Flicks is currently showcasing an Emmy … Continue reading →

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‘Mad Men’ Week at Bitch Flicks!

Posted on August 30, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

I don’t know about you, Mad Men Fans, but I’m not sure I can wait until 2012 for the stellar show’s return! While we ache for Peggy’s feminist badassery, Don’s incessant “What’s?,” Pete Campbell’s douchebaggery and Joan’s all-around awesomeness…you can … Continue reading →

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The Warrior Princess and the Beast: A Look at Two Strong Female Dancers & Their Feminist Repertoire on SYTYCD

Posted on August 12, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Last night, I watched the Season 8 finale of So You Think You Can Dance. After weeks of battling it out onstage, it all came down to the two best dancers of the season, Sasha and Melanie. As I previously … Continue reading →

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Best Picture Nominee Review Series for Bitch Flicks: ‘The Reader’

Posted on August 8, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

This post is written by The Opinioness, originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their “Best Picture Nominee Review Series.” When we read books or watch movies, we often do so to feel inspired, educate ourselves or escape our … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: Straight Girl on Girl: How Fetishizing Woman on Woman for Men Objectifies Women & Trivializes Lesbians

Posted on August 3, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Seren Pendleton-Knoll. Originally published at Bright Light Thinking. Re-printed with permission. A few days ago, NBC’s show “Community” posted a picture on their Facebook fanpage of their two female leads being featured in GQ. An incredibly sexy photo, … Continue reading →

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Dancing Queen: How Dance Evokes Feminism and Female Empowerment

Do feminism and dance go together? Film, literature, sculpture, paintings and music can all be feminist or reveal a feminist message. Can artists convey feminism through the power of dance? I’ve been mulling over these thoughts when I watch So … Continue reading →

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V Does Not Mark the Spot: How Summer’s Eve’s Sexist & Racist Ads Get Female Empowerment Wrong

Posted on July 25, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

I am more than my vagina.  Yep, it’s true.  While my va-jay-jay is pretty fabulous, the power I feel in being a woman doesn’t come from what’s between my legs.  But if you’ve watched the latest Summer’s Eve feminine care … Continue reading →

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Start a !WAR: Documentary “!Women Art Revolution” Unveils Convergence of Feminism, Activism and Art

Posted on July 12, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Let’s play a game.  Name three artists…go on.  Now who comes to mind?  Picasso?  Monet?  Michelangelo?  Now what if I asked you to name three female artists.  You probably would think of Frida Kahlo or … Continue reading →

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Here There Be Sexism?: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Gender

Posted on June 20, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

When I watched the premiere of Game of Thrones, I almost choked on all the rampant misogyny.  I kept watching, lured by the premise and intrigued by the complex plots, curious if things for women would improve.  Throughout the first … Continue reading →

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The Feminine Mystique? A Feminist Flashback Review of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Posted on June 14, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. When I was young, my mom raised me on classic films: Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, The Great Escape, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I fondly remember watching Elizabeth Taylor on-screen.  Hollywood royalty, we often think of … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: So This Feminist Walks Into a Bar: On Feminism and Humor

Posted on June 3, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Christina Black.  Originally published at Fem2pt0.  Reprinted with permission. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of humor in feminism – and feminism’s role in the face of offensive humor. Rebecca Traister made an interesting point in … Continue reading →

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Even Angels Fall: ‘Something Borrowed’ Reduces Women to Stereotypes of Good Girls & Bad Girls

Posted on May 10, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. I’m usually no fan of chick flicks romantic comedies or chick lit women’s commercial fiction (god I hate the infantilizing term “chick”). While I enjoy romance, I cringe over the vapid dialogue, shallow characters, the … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: On Rape, the Media, and the New York Times Clusterfuck

Posted on May 5, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Written by Stephanie Rogers.  Originally published at Bitch Flicks.  Reprinted with permission. On Tuesday, March 8, the New York Times published an article by James C. McKinley Jr. titled, “Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town.” Eighteen men held down an 11-year-old … Continue reading →

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The Weight of Words: How Ashley Judd’s Hip-Hop Comments Opened the Door to Discuss Rape Culture

Posted on April 26, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

As you’ve probably heard by now, actor Ashley Judd ignited a firestorm of controversy over her condemnation of rap and hip-hop from her new memoir All That is Bitter & Sweet.  Here is the passage that caused the furor: “YouthAIDS … Continue reading →

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Snow White Meets The Terminator: ‘Hanna’ is a Modern-Day Fairy Tale Featuring a Fearless Female Assassin

Posted on April 14, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Once upon a time, I anxiously awaited to see the film Hanna.  I’ve been eager to see it ever since I read about it at Women and Hollywood almost a year ago.  I’m often excited to see films featuring women and … Continue reading →

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Valley of the Dolls: The Faux Feminism of ‘Sucker Punch’ Turns Women into Fighting Fuck Toys

Posted on March 31, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Once again, I fell for the siren song of a Zack Snyder movie.  He lured me with a provocative, eye-catching trailer, all with the hopes of a great film; this time, a potentially feminist film!  But just as in times … Continue reading →

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As the World Turns: Lack of Women Filmmakers Often Leads to Female Film Characters Revolving Around Men

Posted on March 25, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Think of some of your favorite films.  Now envision the plot and the characters.  Is there a female character?  Are there more than one?  And if so, do they talk to one another?  You might be saying why is The … Continue reading →

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A History of Violence: Why We Don’t Care About Charlie Sheen’s Violent Treatment of Women

Posted on March 14, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

TigerBlood. Winning. Warlock edict.  These words, derived from Charlie Sheen’s frenetic rants have seeped into our lexicon.  He even has a new tour (WTF?!) entitled (wait for it) “Violent Torpedo of Truth,” which set a new record selling out in … Continue reading →

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Roll Out the Red Carpet: It’s Time for The Feminist Oscars!

Posted on March 3, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

As I’ve shared with you all before, I’m absolutely addicted to awards show.  As the film fanatic that I am, I of course tuned in for The Opinioness’ Super Bowl aka The Oscars.  But as I watched, I was dismayed … Continue reading →

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Best Picture Nominee Post at Bitch Flicks: The Kids Are All Right

Posted on February 21, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

This excerpt is from a post written by The Opinioness, originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their “Best Picture Nominee Review Series.” I was so excited to see The Kids Are All Right.  I mean a film with … Continue reading →


Move Over Bacon, Now There’s Something Leaner: Oprah and Her Staff “Lean Into” a Vegan Diet

Posted on February 2, 2011 by The Opinioness of the World

Going vegan; a lifestyle that raises curiosity and questions.  With numerous cookbooks and celebs, more people than ever are wondering what’s so great about being vegan.  No stranger to food politics, Oprah has championed for food awareness ever since she … Continue reading →

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Something Wicked This Way Comes: Spellbinding Helen Mirren Can’t Save the Film ‘The Tempest’ From Sinking

Posted on December 31, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Like many on the planet, I adore Helen Mirren.  I mean c’mon the lady kicks ass!  I’ve loved her ever since I watched her in the film 2010 in which she played an astronaut captain.  She was so strong and … Continue reading →

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There Ain’t No Easy Way Out: MTV’s “No Easy Decision” Features Teens Choosing Abortion & Bravely Sharing Stories

Posted on December 29, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

People feel a range of emotions and hold a wide swath of opinions when it comes to abortion.  But even amongst some who consider themselves pro-choice, they may not wish to discuss teens and abortion.  While we’re starting to see … Continue reading →

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The Mirror Has Two Faces: In ‘Black Swan’ Natalie Portman Gets in Touch with Her Darker Side

Posted on December 19, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Much like the White Swan and the Black Swan in the film Black Swan, there’s the film critic Opinioness and the feminist Opinioness.  One loved the film; the other had a few problems with it. Black Swan, a frenzied allegory, … Continue reading →

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She Still Works Hard for the Money: Chronicling Women’s Battle for Equal Pay, ‘Made in Dagenham’ is a Must-See Film

Posted on December 6, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Equal pay for equal jobs…seems like a no-brainer, right?  But of course not all have shared that view throughout history…or even today for that matter.  If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I talk a lot about the importance … Continue reading →

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow: “For Colored Girls” Reveals Power of Sisterly Solidarity & Women Finding Their Voice

Posted on November 15, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I was excited to see For Colored Girls.  A film about 9 women, as a feminist, how could I not be?  But I have to admit, I questioned whether or not I should even be writing this review.  Writing about … Continue reading →

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Enemy of the State: Heroine Lisbeth Salander Fights Back in ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’

Posted on November 10, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I am usually not a fan of trilogies; the third film often pales in comparison to the crescendo of emotion and suspense built in a series.  And while the occasional exception exists (Return of the King), most (Godfather 3, Alien … Continue reading →

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License to Kill: Sarah Palin Shoots a Caribou on TV, Accuses Those Who Eat Meat & Oppose Hunting of Hypocrisy

Posted on December 13, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Okay so everyone’s favorite political villain…yes, Sarah Palin, I’m talking to you…is in the media yet AGAIN.  A new TV show on TLC, on Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People TV special, supposedly rigging daughter Bristol’s Dancing with the Stars … Continue reading →

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Courage Under Fire: Documentary of Dr. Tiller’s Assassination Shows Violence Abortion Providers Must Face

What would you do if every day, going to work was maneuvering through a war zone?  How would you feel if just doing your job meant facing constant threats, harassment and violence?  For many doctors, nurses and staff who work … Continue reading →

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Guest Post: Let’s Get This Straight: A Perm vs. A Natural

Posted on October 21, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

This post was reprinted with permission and originally posted on the blog Cocktails and Cognac: Candid Conversations About Love and Relations. I’m sure all of you have seen this because it has been EVERYWHERE on the net but it’s worth … Continue reading →

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Is ‘Mad Men’ the Most Feminist Show on TV?

Posted on October 20, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

So I’m arriving very late to the ‘Mad Men‘ party.  But due to the urgings of my boyfriend Jeff and my girlfriends Lauren and Sarah H., I finally succumbed to its siren song and watched the show.  Beginning an extended … Continue reading →

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Lady in Red…Meat: Should We Condemn Lady Gaga for Wearing a Meat Dress?

Posted on September 18, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Okay…the meat dress.  As we all know by now, Lady Gaga donned a raw meat dress (yes, folks it was real) for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).  As the resident vegan at work, my colleague Nai exuberantly asked my … Continue reading →

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Vacation, All I Ever Wanted: Film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Shows One Woman’s Journey Around the World To Find Happiness

Posted on August 19, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I’ve been looking forward to watching Eat, Pray, Love ever since I saw the trailer during Sex and the City 2.  I had read the book a couple of years ago as its popularity piqued my curiosity.  The prospect of … Continue reading →

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The Devil Wears Fur (and Prada): Documentary ‘Skin Trade’ Exposes the Truth about Fur in the Fashion Industry

Posted on August 12, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

The exquisite Chanel jackets…the lush Prada bags…the sexy Jimmy Choo shoes…I love watching the movie The Devil Wears Prada; getting lost in the eye candy whirlwind of NYC and high fashion.  Like many people, flipping through the glossy pages of … Continue reading →

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Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Angelina Jolie Goes on the Run in Her Gender-Bending Role in ‘Salt’

Posted on July 24, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Never one to pass up a film where a woman kicks ass, my bestie John (blogger at Latest Issue) and I headed out to the midnight showing of Salt on Thursday night.  I’ve been writing a lot about tough women … Continue reading →

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Good Girl Gone Bad: Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander Burns Up the Screen in ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’

Posted on July 15, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I shared with you all last week that I’ve been utterly consumed by Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s gripping Millennium Trilogy (I’ll be reading the third book soon…so excited!).  I loved the first film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, entranced … Continue reading →

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Rebel with a Cause: A Feminist Hero Emerges in Film ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Posted on July 8, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the international phenomenon that is Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  As I often lament the lack of strong female characters … Continue reading →

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Mean Girls: Cattiness in Media Pits Women Against Each Other

Posted on June 24, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Catfights have always garnered TV ratings and box office dollars.  Last week, Bravo aired the Real Housewives of New York City reunion in 3 parts (I mean seriously, did they really need 3 episodes?!) dishing and rehashing their verbal catfights … Continue reading →

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Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: New Documentary ‘FRESH’ Provides Hope on Sustainable Food Movement

Posted on June 20, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

As you all know, I love movies and I love food.  This past Friday night, I fused those two passions as I saw the new documentary FRESH playing at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square.  Directed and produced by Ana … Continue reading →

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Kiss Me Kate: Singer Kate Nash’s New Album “My Best Friend is You” is a Feminist Anthem

Posted on June 18, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

I am a huge fan of Kate Nash.  I loved the first album from this spunky, outspoken Brit.  She’s the kind of woman you want to grab a beer with and whose closet you want to raid.  Starting out by … Continue reading →

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Queens of the Desert: ‘Sex and the City 2′ a Fun, Campy Ride

Posted on June 1, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Sex and the City is one of my all-time fave shows.  I simply adore it.  As a result of watching it over and over, I can and do quote lines from each episode.  I’ve even been on the SATC tour … Continue reading →

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

Posted on May 27, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

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 … Continue reading →

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Shaking the Tree: Film ‘Lemon Tree’ Unites Two Women from Palestine & Israel

Posted on May 12, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Arab culture has always captivated me.  In college, I took classes on gender and Islam, Arab women’s movements and Middle Eastern History; classes which opened my eyes to diverse cultures and perspectives.  People possess passionate opinions about the ongoing conflict … Continue reading →

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No Sweet Child O’ Mine: Film ‘Obvious Child’ Features Pro-Choice Message

Posted on May 5, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

So there’s been a lot of dialogue here at Opinioness of the World about abortion lately.  And I plan to keep it going!  But this time, in a more lighthearted way. My fellow blogger (and dear friend!) Sarah at My … Continue reading →

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: M.I.A. & Erykah Badu’s Controversial Music Videos

Posted on May 4, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

Art continually pushes the boundaries of convention.  In singer & rapper M.I.A.’s new 9-minute video for her song “Born Free,” she showcases explicitly graphic, violent images and nudity.  Scenes show U.S. armed forces barging into houses, brutalizing civilians, raiding and … Continue reading →

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I Don’t Give a Damn About My Reputation: Is Hit-Girl from ‘Kick-Ass’ a Feminist’s Friend or Foe?

Posted on April 18, 2010 by The Opinioness of the World

This past Saturday night, I went on a date to see Kick-Ass, the new film based on Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.‘s comic books about superheroes with no superhero powers.  As a self-proclaimed nerd and comic-book lover, I chose … Continue reading →

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