BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on May 06, 2015
The Sony hack, as problematic as it may have been, really put the spotlight on Hollywood’s backwards insecurities about race, gender, and sexuality when it comes to the types of movies that get produced. Now, due to another round of leaks, Marvel Studios’ lack of confidence in female-led movies has been exposed.
From: "IP" To: "Lynton, Michael" Subject: Female Movies Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:32:50 -0400
Michael, As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples. There are more.
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BY Madison N Nunes
on Feb 27, 2015
Surely some comic book fan woke up this week and decided they were going to set out to win BUST's heart. There's been news of all female spinoffs, characters coming out as bisexual, and now, members of bulimia.com are re-envisioning the bodies of super-heroines as more down-to-Earth figures.
When the team at bulimia.com saw Buzzfeed's Disney princess makeovers, they decided they should take these super-human ladies and give them some super human bodies. Their hope is that when viewers see these realistic waistlines, they will be able to better relate to the characters. Read More
It’s been a big week in female superhero universes. First Gwen Stacy was bitten by a radioactive spider, and now Catwoman has come out of the closet as bisexual!
In issue 39 of the Catwoman comics, Batman’s anti-hero kisses another woman. Genevieve Valentine, who took over the character’s spinoff in October, couldn’t be happier that she’s established Selina Kyle as a “cannon bisexual,” which she describes as an “indispensable beat. Read More
I am so sick of the lame old stereotype “women are more emotional than men.” Aside from being blatantly false, it does damage. Often, women are disrespected in the workplace if we get heated over something important, or we’re told to “stop PMS-ing” if we have a personal drama. I will always remember the Sex and the City episode in which Samantha Jones is berated for being a working woman and cries only when she gets in the elevator. Read More
We’ve all noticed the increase in “strong female characters” gracing our silver screens, and while that’s a huge step, it can’t always be called “feminist.” In interviews, Natalie Portman has expressed that although female characters are now more able to be as fast and strong as male action heroes, they often end up being “just a fantasy of a male writer. Read More
For years, creators of superhero movies have shrugged off questions addressing the scarcity of women stars, echoing the sentiment, “Comic books are for boys.” But in recent films, I have noticed a shift. I was thrilled to see Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Miranda Tate (Marion Cotillard) in The Dark Knight Rises; both were complex, powerful, terrifying yet sympathetic heroines (or anti-heroines, if you prefer). Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) graced the screen and kicked some butt in The Avengers. Read More
BY Intern Lilly
on Oct 15, 2012
Rather than being a sexy piece of fruit or a sexy nurse or a sexy table (or this year’s new low: the “sexy body bag”), make a statement this Halloween.
1. Pussy Riot: Get a couple of girlfriends together, put on some colorful ski masks, and run around causing trouble! This costume is cheap and easy to put together, would be easy to recognize, and is totally topical.
2. The Atlantic cover about women having it all: Just dress up in professional office clothes and carry a baby doll around in a briefcase. Read More
BY Intern Kelsie
on Apr 18, 2012
As a child of the nineties, I have such a soft spot for the toys of my youth. Furbies were somehow cute and creepy at the same time, Skip-Its were practically the only way my mom could get me to exercise, and I'm pretty sure I thought my Lite Brite drawings had one up on Van Gogh's Starry Night.
I've gotten over most of my obsessions because, you know, I grew up or something. But every now and then, those old standbys get an update and my pigtails-sporting, Lisa Frank-toting inner nineties child will get to geek out. Read More
BY Intern Stephanie V.
on Jan 11, 2010
Julie Newmar will forever be known as Catwoman - a sultry villian on the campy 1960s Batman tv show. Like another version of Emma Peel, Catwoman was swathed in black leather bodysuits with a luscious mane of hair. Not to mention, the cat ears.
She purred, she plotted, and she was the bad chick. Meow.
It's no surprise Ms. Newmar attained cult status with this role and stroked a few young minds as a result. As one thing naturally leads to another - Ms. Newmar is working on a book of first fantasies, on julienewmarwrites. Read More