My Top 6 Favorite Female Empowerment Songs in Musicals
Feminism / Films

My Top 6 Favorite Female Empowerment Songs in Musicals

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their “Women and Gender in Musicals” Theme Week. After reading Lady T’s fabulous post on “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar…ish,” aka songs that appear to empower women but really just signal faux feminism, I started thinking about actual feminist songs of female empowerment. Let me tell … Continue reading

Female Friendship, Madonna/Whore Stereotypes and Rape Culture in ‘West Side Story’
Feminism / Films

Female Friendship, Madonna/Whore Stereotypes and Rape Culture in ‘West Side Story’

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their “Women and Gender in Musicals” Theme Week. [Trigger warning for rape] | Spoilers ahead West Side Story is one of my absolute favorite musicals. I adore the catchy lyrics, the breathtakingly exquisite choreography and cinematography, the heartbreaking love story. A modern Romeo and Juliet taking place … Continue reading

Accidental Feminism in ‘Mary Poppins’
Feminism / Films

Accidental Feminism in ‘Mary Poppins’

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their “Women and Gender in Musicals” Theme Week. “Practically perfect in every way,” declares Mary Poppins, the quirky, assertive and indomitable nanny played with effervescence by stage and screen legend Julie Andrews. For me, that quote could pretty much sum up not only our protagonist but the … Continue reading