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Lady Gaga, Grrrl Power, and Rock’n’Roll Feminism

The results of the girl power music revolution, both indie and corporate, are clearly felt today, and they’re mostly positive.  Lady Gaga offers an example of someone who has challenged the status quo.

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A Feminist Guide to the 2010 Oscars

The Academy Awards are often joked about as “our” [read: women’s] Superbowl. I talked with Melissa Silverstein, editor of Women and Hollywood and guru for feminist film-buffs, about what feminists should be on the lookout for this Sunday.

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The Right to Privacy and the Right to Speak Out

Feminists stand firm on never telling women what they should do, allowing them full choice about their bodies and lives.  But we need to better support women when they speak about their experiences. 

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Toe-To-Toe: A Raw Look at What It’s Like to be a Teen Girl

Toe to Toe, Emily Abt’s independent feminist feature film premiering this week in New York, is one of the most painfully, beautifully accurate looks at being a high school girl I’ve seen in years.

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The 2010 Olympics and Gender Roles: Highs and Lows

The Olympic games allow us to take stock of how we view women athletes and of the flawed ways we talk about gender and the performance of gender roles in public.

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True Love Jane (Austen and Campion) Style

Favorite romantic works of art as of late? Two old-fashioned, British costume dramas: "Emma" on TV and "Bright Star" in theaters. Some say these represent
a backlash against sexual liberation but both achieve the goal of being enrapturing and romantic while subtly
critiquing conventional conceptions of love.

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Bump+: Finding Common Ground Through Reality TV?

Bump+’s Creative Director Chris Riley talks about the show’s intentions to open a “common ground” discussion on abortion based solely on the stories of characters portrayed.

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Friday Night Lights Abortion Plotline is Must-See TV

Two weeks ago, a DirecTV episode of Friday Night Lights very quietly made television history with a sensitive episode about abortion. As the Super Bowl approaches, with its Focus on the Family finger-wagging, we can look to FNL for reality.

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Based on a False Story: Lifetime’s “The Pregnancy Pact”

The Pregnancy Pact provides a stereotypical and shallow view of teens and a false view of teen sexuality. It’s another supposedly educational film made more to shock and titillate and make us feel superior to those stupid girls in Gloucester.

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“Big Love” and “Good” Patriarchy

Big Love shows that sometimes religion is directly to blame for misogyny and that having the tenets of extreme patriarchy imbued at an early age is tantamount to a form of abuse…a pretty radical idea for a soap opera.

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