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Feminism, Film and the Academy Awards Q+A

A pre-Oscars Q+A with Melissa Silverstein of the Athena Film Festival and the Women and Hollywood blog.

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The Beneficent Patriarchy of “Big Love” Loses Its Luster

The “heart” of Big Love has been in the question of how women survive in patriarchy, zooming in on the three wives struggling with the fundamental inequality of their relationships. But the show has lost its way.

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What Lies Beneath “Skins?”

Is MTV’s new show a “gritty” look at teens’ lives without moralizing, or is it an overhyped remake looking for scandal to drive ratings?

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Combating The Sexualization of Girls…The Right Way

Two movements this year have sought to combat the “sexualization of young girls.”  But one of them is not like the other.

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Teens Talk Gender and Sexuality and Hollywood Listens

A film contest results in production by Hollywood professionals of three scripts written by female teen authors exploring the powerful and damaging messages about what it means to be male.

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Hermione Granger: A Heroine Comes Into Her Own

Hermione, an always-wonderful sidekick, has moved onto center stage. Her emotions and choices, classically heroic, anchored a piece of the epic story that would have felt muddled and rootless without her.

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Daddy I Do: “Purity” World is Tough for Women

A new documentary explores the “purity” movement and the consequences of abstinence-only policies and purity myths for the women involved.

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The Insane Thing About the Rally for Sanity

“Rallying for sanity” with no direct political purpose, especially at a time when our opponents are relentlessly attacking our rights and our democracy, seems a little…well….insane.

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Irrational Anger vs. Courage: Tiller Documentary Showed Faces of “Culture Wars”

Maddow’s documentary showed us the thoughts and faces of the two groups facing off over the life and legacy of Dr. Tiller. On the one side were brave, stoic providers. On the other, frenzied, angry demagogues motivated by hatred.

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(SPOILER/UPDATED) Mad Men and the Abortion That Was (n’t)

Why do viewers buy the idea that Joan didn’t “go through with it”? The answer lies in our preconceived notions about what happens in clinic waiting rooms.

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