Feminism / Films

Actor Emma Stone Points Out Sexist Double Standards in Media

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. It’s no surprise sexism permeates the media. Women are constantly judged and praised for their beauty and appearance. Not their merit, intellect or accomplishments. This incessant importance on women’s appearances over their talent reduces us to objects. As I perused my Pinterest feed last week, I came across a picture … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Actor/Director Sarah Polley on Women’s Bodies in Film

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. In an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, director and actor Sarah Polley spoke about her new film Take This Waltz. She also discussed how we need more female directors and the unique perspective they can bestow on female characters. One of our awesome readers, Her Film’s Kyna Morgan, alerted … Continue reading

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’: Gender, Race and a Powerful Female Protagonist in the Most Buzzed About Film
Feminism / Films

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’: Gender, Race and a Powerful Female Protagonist in the Most Buzzed About Film

Hushpuppy, the protagonist of ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ is a pint-sized powerhouse. An indomitable survivor. She’s brave, tough and strong-willed. There’s a fierce intensity, and an old wisdom behind her eyes. Honest, vulnerable and sweet – she is the film’s moral compass, its anchor. Continue reading

Feminism / Films

Will ‘Brave’s Warrior Princess Merida Usher In a New Kind of Role Model for Girls?

Originally published at Fem2pt0. I loved Brave. I literally did a happy dance the moment I heard Pixar would feature a female-centric film. Out of their 13 movies, Brave marks their first female protagonist. Pretty shameful. But hey, they finally got their act together and created a kick-ass heroine. But will Merida spark a new … Continue reading

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‘Lola Versus’ Not Your Average Romantic Comedy: Bad Love Life Decisions, Finding Happiness…and One of the Best Film Endings Ever

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Romantic comedies usually make me want to gouge my eyes out. Now, that doesn’t mean I hate them all. Some of my favorite films are rom-coms. But every now and again, one comes along that entertains rather than enrages me. Following in the footsteps of female-fronted comedies Bridesmaids, Young Adult … Continue reading

Feminism / Films / Food & Gender

Scarlett Johansson Tired of Sexist Diet Questions

Originally published at Bitch Flicks and cross-posted at Women and Hollywood. Wow, who knew I could love Scarlett Johansson so much?? At The Avengers press conference in London, a reporter proceeded to ask Robert Downey Jr. an in-depth, thought-provoking question about his character (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and then asked Johansson about her diet. I shit … Continue reading

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‘Return’ Features a Story Rarely Seen in Film: A Female Soldier Struggling to Resume Her Life

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. When people discuss war, they often don’t take women or gender into account. While we regularly watch male soldiers on-screen, we almost never see war through women’s eyes. If women are in war films, they serve as wives and girlfriends. We see women supporting men, never soldiers themselves. That’s what … Continue reading

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Bitch Flicks’ Motherhood in Film & Television Series: Is Terminator’s Sarah Connor an Allegory for Single Mothers?

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. Mothers are supposed to be everything to everyone. Sadly, society often stigmatizes, vilifies and demonizes single mothers. Single moms are blamed for “breeding more criminals.” Single parenthood is criminalized and “declared child abuse.” On top of that, “almost 70% of people believe single women raising children on their own is … Continue reading