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A Feminist Goodbye (For Now) To “Harry Potter” and “Friday Night Lights”

Even more than that, the women in these stories have transcended being “good female characters” who subvert stereotyps into just being good characters, period; real ones, ones whose journeys we are, sometimes to a desperate extent, obsessed with.

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Why We All (Well, A Lot of Us) Loved “Bridesmaids”

While far from perfect, this bawdy comedy with a heart proved that upending Hollywood cliches actually makes for a better movie.

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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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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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Gaga Fans: Please Explain

I don’t usually follow Lady Gaga, but the lyrics of a recent song contain language suggesting bias and discrimination against Latinos, transgendered and gay persons.

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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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