The Hunger Games Movie vs. the Book

April 12, 2012

The Hunger Game is one of the most popular young adult novel series rivaling Harry Potter and Twilight. As the first of its film adaptations was just released in March 2012, readers and audiences have been pleasantly surprised at this fresh, dynamic, young female protagonist. In the second of my two part series on The […]

The Oscars and the Bechdel Test

February 15, 2012

It’s been a few years since I’ve checked in with The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies so I thought it would be a good time to look in on Hollywood and see if there’s been any substantial improvement in women’s representations on the big screen.  In this updated video, I go through the 2011 […]

Tropes vs. Women: #4 The Evil Demon Seductress

May 19, 2011

This is the fourth of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine. Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Evil Demon Seductress is a supernatural creature usually a demon, alien, robot, vampire etc. who is most often disguised as a sexy human […]

Tropes vs. Women: #3 The Smurfette Principle

April 21, 2011

This is the third of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine. Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Smurfette Principle was named two decades ago by Katha Pollitt, when she noticed that there were a disproportionate amount of male characters in […]

Snyder’s Sucker Punch is a Steaming Pile of Sexist Crap

April 4, 2011

As soon as I saw the trailer for Sucker Punch I correctly guessed that it would be another adolescent boy fantasy masquerading as a pseudo-female-empowerment film.  What I was surprised about however was how the mainstream media and the blog-o-sphere called Zach Snyder out on his disaster of a movie.  Check out some of these […]

Tropes vs. Women: #1 The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

March 24, 2011

This is the first of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine.  Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a cute, bubbly, young (usually white) woman who has recently entered the life of our brooding hero to […]

True Grit, Mattie Ross and Feminism?

March 9, 2011

Mattie Ross is the star of the award winning film True Grit.  She is a remarkable character being cast as a strong, tough, independent, and determined young woman.  While I think Mattie’s character is (unfortunately) rare in major Hollywood films, many people have been quick to call her a feminist character… I have a slightly […]

Women’s Stories, Movies and the Oscars

February 24, 2011

Oscar season is a time when members of Hollywood are celebrated and reward for the work that they do.  But it is also a time when we see just how male centered the movie industry really is.  As Allan G. Johnson points out, “If you want a story about heroism, moral courage, spiritual transformation, endurance, […]

The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies

December 7, 2009

The Bechdel Test is a simple way to gauge the active presence of female characters in Hollywood films and just how well rounded and complete those roles are.  It was created by Allison Bechdel in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985.  It is astonishing the number of popular movies that can’t […]

The Real Reason Guys Should Hate Twilight

November 23, 2009

Here is an easy to follow guide for the guys on the right versus the wrong reasons to hate on Twilight.  With the release of New Moon, there has been an awful lot of sexist, homophobic, patriarchal crap floating around the internet and I just wanted to set the record straight. Check out other great […]

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