BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 18, 2014
A couple of days ago, Nathan Rabin, the creator of the ever-so-catchy term 'manic pixie dream girl' wrote an apology on Salon, expressing how deeply sorry he was for coining the term.
As someone who l-o-v-e-s to analyze harmful tropes of women in film and TV (given that we have so many options to choose from) I was a little hesitant to take his apology seriously. While, sure, he may feel sorry that what started out as a funny phrase to call a screenwriting phenomenon has now "spun out of control", I'm not exactly sure who he's apologizing to, or for what. Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on May 30, 2014
The so-called feminist magazine, Playboy, recently published an article written by a dude who argued that Neko Case is, “too smart—and frankly too old—to be one of those shiny young pop starlets who sing about love with superficial life-or-death stakes."
Earth to everyone; she is not a commercial pop star. So, why compare her to the likes of Katy Perry or Beyoncé?
The problem with the article is that it places women into one generalized category. Read More
BY Darcy Sturges
on Jul 29, 2013
Director Sebastián Silva, best known for his film The Maid, has created the next manic pixie dream girl (MPDG) film. If you’re not familiar with the manic pixie dream girl trope, watch Feminist Frequency’s video. In short, the MPDG is a female character whose sole purpose is to teach an uptight male protagonist to let loose and enjoy life.
Beyond that purpose, however, the MPDG seems to have no life of her own. Often the audience knows nothing of her desires, her dreams, and her goals. Read More