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‘The Yellow Room’: Illegal Abortion as Feminist Gothic Horror Film

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Young filmmaker Assal Ghawami has written and directed a film that brings together themes of “The Yellow Wallpaper” with a story of a contemporary back-alley abortion.

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Lights, Camera, Action: Study Suggests Sex in Movies Predicts Early Sexual Debut Among Teens

New research suggests that seeing sex in movies early is a predictor of early sexual debut and riskier sexual behavior among teens. The authors suggest that we should limit young people’s viewing of sex in movies. Maybe, but I for one have a hard time believing that simply keeping them out of the theaters is the answers. 

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History Has Not Been Kind To “The Exorcist”

Author and screenwriter William Peter Blatty, who wrote “The Exorcist”, is mad that Georgetown University isn’t hateful enough towards women. This shouldn’t be surprising, since he’s the author of virulent anti-woman propaganda.

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Film Review: Let’s Talk About Sex: A Starting Point

Along with the excellent “Daddy, I Do,” this film is part of a new generation of documentaries which looks at America’s dysfunctional relationship with teen sexuality.

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Fairy Tales and Female Sexuality

Ever since there have been fairy tales, there has been feminist re-appropriation of fairy tales. And, the moral of the story often shifts with the mores of the time. 

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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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Sex and the City, and Other Onscreen Treats

This spring brought us a host of female-centric movies, but none hit the sweet spot of genuine artistry and popular subject matter.

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Is “Obvious Child” the Abortion Rom-Com We’ve Been Waiting For?

A new short film rewrites the "Juno" and "Knocked Up" script.

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Julie and Julia: the Joy of Cooking–and Sex–at All Ages

A celebration of two career women’s talent
and ambition, as well as their healthy sex lives with their egalitarian
partners.

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Men Are From Apatow-Land, Women Are From Venus

In “Funny People,” men are always from Mars and women from Venus–and the central question is how Mars should gently approach Venus despite his libidinous need to fornicate with her.

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