The new Netflix film “Blonde” was released on September 28th, and has since received an outraged response for the portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. Whether or not you are a fan of Marilyn Monroe, to watch this movie as a woman is extremely difficult from the exploitive nature of the film. From the incredibly disturbing sexual […]Read More Leave Marilyn Alone
Growing up as a girl and facing criticism for having interests There is a long, tortured history with the concept of women being fans and a steep criticism with gendered and sexist roots. There is no aspect of entertainment and interests that women and girls are not criticized for. The “fangirl” is characterized as a […]Read More Can I Enjoy Anything? The GEndered Criticism of Being A Fan
Last week, my class SMAD 462: Documentary in Film and TV participated in the Reel Change Film Festival at Court Square Theater. The purpose of this festival was to expose issues relevant to JMU and the greater Harrisonburg community in order to educate, engage, and impact audiences while also celebrating the documentary medium as a […]Read More Us Kids: the power of youth activism in the fight against gun violence
I have always loved movies. They are a way to unwind, to lose yourself. A means of entertainment but also, at times, enlightenment. Growing up, “movie nights” were a big thing in my family. We would pick movies, make themed snacks and drinks and hunker down. So naturally, whenever I come home, “movie nights” are […]Read More Top 5 Sexist, Chauvinistic & Demeaning Movie Scenes
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Title in reference to this meme. For those who argue that there is no need for feminism, or who think that there is no such thing as privilege, read this. Go to the movies, watch a political debate, open a newspaper. You won’t be surprised to see that the majority of people you see are […]Read More Damnnnn Donald: Back at it again with that white male privilege
If you read my Valentine’s Day post, then you already know about Grandma, an amazing film starring Lily Tomlin. Check out a scene from the film to see if it is a good fit for your taste. Grandma is one part comedy, one part drama, and full of heart. It strives to provide a normalized […]Read More Grandma: Normalizing Abortion in the Mainstream
It’s that time of the year again! Tax season! Oh, wait–I mean Valentine’s Day. Jokes aside, I am not all that much of a cynic about this holiday. I mean who doesn’t love candy and stuffed bears? So, here it is. The big day. Whether you’re single, hanging out with friends, visiting family, or cuddled […]Read More Celebrate V-Day the Pro-Choice Way
Question: What do The Imitation Game, The Interview, 22 Jump Street, Robocop, and hundreds of other movies have in common? Answer: They’ve all failed the Bechdel Test. The Bechdel movie rule is a simple test of three criteria: 1. The movie must have two [named] women in it 2. Who talk to each other 3. About something other […]Read More Does your favorite movie pass the Bechdel Test?