Feminism / TV

Reproduction & Abortion Week: ‘American Horror Story’ Demonizes Abortion and Suffers from the Mystical Pregnancy Trope

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their “Reproduction and Abortion Series.“ ———- Warning: if you have not watched all of American Horror Story Season 1, there are massive spoilers ahead! American Horror Story co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk wanted to create a TV series that truly scared people. And they’ve definitely succeeded … 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

Feminism / Films / TV

Actor Ashley Judd Takes On Bodysnarking Media

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. After media speculation over her allegedly “puffy face” caused a “viral media frenzy,” actor Ashley Judd decided to speak out against the media’s misogynistic accusations. Beyond her career as an actor, Judd is a humanitarian and philanthropist, a global ambassador for YouthAIDS and a Harvard graduate. The feminist activist — … Continue reading

Feminism / TV

‘Best Friends Forever’ TV Series Focuses on Two Female Friends, Which Must Infuriate Sexist ‘Two and a Half Men’ Creator

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. “Hey, you always have a choice when it comes to your vagina.” So says Lennon on NBC’s new sitcom that premiered last night, Best Friends Forever. And yes, you do have a choice, when it comes to vaginas and other things. So should you choose to watch the new female-fronted … Continue reading

Feminism / TV

‘The Killing’ Season 2 Premieres Tonight…And I Can’t Wait

Tonight (4/1), Season 2 of AMC’s The Killing premieres. And I cannot tell you how fricking excited I am! I absolutely loved the intriguing 1st season, particularly steely homicide detective Sarah Linden. Based on the Danish TV series Forbrydelsen (The Crime), the gritty series is a compelling murder mystery. Detective Linden, played superbly by Emmy-nominated … Continue reading

Why We Need More Female Characters in Film Like ‘Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen
Feminism / Films

Why We Need More Female Characters in Film Like ‘Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen

I often lament the lack of gender equity in film. Would The Hunger Games’ female warrior Katniss Everdeen quench my thirst for strong, complicated female protagonists? I devoured the trilogy. The female-centric series’ haunting themes – war, sacrifice, love, starvation, media’s influence, government control and economic inequity – riveted me. The books’ memorable characters lingered … Continue reading

Feminism / Films

In Honor of Women’s History Month, ‘Bitch Flicks’ Features Female-Centered Biopic and Documentary Series

March commemorates Women’s History Month. I’ve written before about why Women’s History Month still matters. Textbooks, historical novels and films often omit or diminish women’s voices, stories and struggles. Media often writes women out of history. That’s why this is the perfect time to take a look at biopics and documentaries featuring women. All this … Continue reading