Ever heard of the Bechdel test? It’s a test that measures the representation of women in films by asking three simple questions.Read More Let’s Talk About the Bechdel Test
Listen Linda, we need to talk. (this is the punchline, everything after this sentence is ridiculously serious.) Initially, I was ecstatic hearing about an all Asian cast for the best selling movie, Crazy Rich Asians. When I watched it the first time, I cried because I felt like I could relate. Women like Constance Wu […]Read More “Yellow Fever”: Crazy Rich Asians
How many UPB-chosen movies pass the Bechdel test?Read More Is UPB Bringing Gender Inclusive Movies to JMU?
The 2019 Oscar nominees are in, and I was quite pleasantly surprised by the inclusivity, especially in the Best Picture category. Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Roma, and Green Book are beautiful stories about race (and after #OscarsSoWhite, we deserve some color). What stuck out to me was that five of the films nominated for Best Picture […]Read More Should Straight Actors Play Queer Roles?
Let’s face it. Everything you see is filtered by the media. And especially issues that are ‘controversial’ are especially filtered. And it’s hard to figure out your own viewpoint by all the forms of information that are vying for attention from every side. In the era of fake news, how do we discern what’s real […]Read More Feminism & the Media
**TW: Mentions of sexual assault/abuse and suicide** For fans of the popular YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, March 31st was an exciting day. Netflix released the much awaited televised adaptation of the book. At first, viewer response was overwhelmingly positive. The storylines and characters are complicated and complex, making it difficult to truly— in the […]Read More Press Play: A Critical Analysis of ’13 Reasons Why’
Apparently, JMU has a pride week. But, who’s hosting it? Madison Equality is JMU’s only Student Led LGBTQ+ organization on campus that focuses on intersectional education […]Read More JMU Has A Pride Week?
WARNING!!!!! This post will not contain any major details that are new to the live action Beauty and the Beast, but will include some minor details that weren’t a part of the animated movie. If you haven’t seen the movie and are okay with that, keep reading! If not, you’ve been warned and should stop […]Read More A Tale New and Improved
Since a young age, Emma Watson has enchanted me, and much of the public, with her wit, charm, and genuine nature. I know I am not alone in my admiration of the British actor, as the public has watched Emma grow from a curly-haired adolescent to an eloquent and striking woman. It seems that in a mutually […]Read More Feminism, my dear Watson
One of my favorite movies of all time is Agnes Varda’s “Vagabond”, a film about an 18-year old woman escaping the constraints of her 9 to 5 office job to wander the French landscape. She lives off of the goodwill of strangers and exalts in the freedom from responsibility by sleeping in dilapidated mansions […]Read More Agnes Varda: The Feminist Maverick Filmmaker