Feminism / Films

‘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

Feminism / Films

Should We Apply the Bechdel Test to ‘The Avengers’ (Or Any Film For That Matter)? Yes, and Here’s Why

Responding to my post analyzing The Avengers, feminism and failing the Bechdel Test, someone on Bitch Flicks’ Facebook page recently asked why the Bechdel Test should even be applied to The Avengers: “This film had three female characters…that talked at all. Why would the Bechdel Test be applied to this movie? It’s a movie about … Continue reading

Feminism / Films

‘The Avengers,’ Strong Female Characters and Failing the Bechdel Test

Originally published at Bitch Flicks and cross-posted at Fem2pt0. Smashing box office records, audiences have been swept up in The Avengers hullabaloo. Interesting and compelling, the epic superhero film based on the Marvel comics unites Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, the Hulk and Thor “to form a team that must stop Thor’s brother … Continue reading


Guest Post: Why I Don’t Like the Phrase “The War on Women”

Written by scATX. Originally published at scATX: Speaker’s Corner in the ATX. Cross-posted with permission. In a chat with Garland Grey that was published at Tiger Beatdown this week, I wrote the following about the phrase “The War on Women”: “I feel that even the idea that intersectionality dilutes our message is false and plays into … Continue reading

Feminism / Films

‘The Five-Year Engagement:’ Gender Roles Exploration & Lovable Actors Can’t Save Rom-Com’s Subtly Anti-Feminist Message

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. I’ve never planned a wedding and I’ve never been engaged. Yet I can relate to the The Five-Year Engagement’s premise. My dream is to move to NYC and become a writer. While my partner is incredibly supportive of me, he loathes NYC and has a life in Boston. So what … Continue reading

Feminism / Food & Gender / Veganism

CLPP Reproductive Justice Conference: “Whose Food Justice? OUR Food Justice” Workshop

This post is part of the series of posts on CLPP’s 2012 Reproductive Justice Conference. Food justice is an integral aspect of social justice. Just as Katherine Cross in the Opening Plenary said, “A right is the recognition of your humanity.” Access to food – clean, fresh, organic, healthy, sustainable, and delicious – is a … Continue reading

Feminism / TV

With a Complex Black Female Protagonist Created by a Black Female Showrunner, I’m Rooting for ‘Scandal’

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. I love Grey’s Anatomy. Is it melodramatic? Absolutely. But it’s dramatic storylines, sharp dialogue and diverse cast have hooked me from the very first episode. So when I discovered writer, producer, showrunner Shonda Rhimes created Scandal, a political thriller TV series revolving around a woman of color, I knew I … Continue reading