Jurassic World is Prehistorically Sexist

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Jurassic World hit the big screen last week, breaking records for the biggest opening weekend in both North American and international markets and grossing over $500 million. That means around 50 million people watched Bryce Dallas Howard run away from—and sometimes fight—genetically-modified dinosaurs for two hours…in heels. I want to like Jurassic World, I really do. […]

We Have the Data, Hollywood, Where are the Results?

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Last month, the ACLU sent a letter to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission smacking down Hollywood’s sexism and insisting something be done to get more women into top positions. It was a strong move, and a new report from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film titled Independent Women proves that there […]

A Q&A With Transparent Creator Jill Soloway

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The following is a reprint from the Spring 2015 issue of Ms. Click here to get your copy! Jill Soloway’s series Transparent is changing the face of contemporary television in more ways than one. Previously known for her writing on HBO’s Six Feet Under and for writing and directing the film Afternoon Delight, Soloway introduces an unmatched variety […]

Bessie and the Musical Legacy of Black Feminism

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From the written page to the streets, and even to cable TV, black feminism is hitting its stride. Not only is a black feminist theorist like Kimberlé Crenshaw changing the political landscape—first with her policy brief, “Black Girls Matter,” and her article of the same name in Ms.‘ current issue, and later with her co-authored brief, […]

Why You MUST See Mad Max This Weekend

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A version of this article originally appeared on Skirt Collective Much has been made of the call by Aaron Clarey in his piece “Why You Should Not Go See ‘Mad Max: Feminist Road.’” As many articles have discussed Clarey’s ridiculous, hyper-macho douchery, (for example, here, here and here), I will instead offer a counter call: Instead of “mancotting” the film as Clarey […]

10 Best Feminist Comedies on Netflix

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When it comes to comedic films in theaters and online, it’s pretty slim pickings if you’re seeking something that manages to be witty without using women as a punchline. Luckily, there are enough comedies that pass the Bechdel Test currently on Netflix to satisfy your binge-watching needs for the week. Some of the flicks in […]

ACLU Goes After Hollywood’s Gender Gap

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The American Civil Liberties Union is taking Hollywood to task for the industry’s unchecked sexism in hiring practices. Accusing the industry of committing civil rights violations against women directors, the ACLU is calling for a state and federal investigation of television networks, movie studios and talent agencies. The organization has sent a 15-page letter to […]

How Ex Machina Fails to be Radical

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Reprinted with permission from Skirt Collective I am going to admit: Ex Machina profoundly disturbed me—so much so that at one point I had to leave the theatre and catch my breath. It is very rare for me to walk out of a film. Rarer still for me to walk out not because the film […]

Meryl Streep Boosts Over-40 Women Screenwriters

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Back in 1986 Newsweek made a point of suggesting that for all practical purposes, women are dead at age 40.  Women over 40, they wrote, are “more likely to be killed by a terrorist” than get married. And Newsweek had statistics to back it up: Women over 40, they claimed “have a minuscule 2.6 percent […]

Are Divergents Feminists in Disguise?

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Last year the first film of the Divergent series made close to $200 million, putting it almost in league with The Hunger Games. While the latter dystopian trilogy, featuring the intrepid Katniss Everdeen, is richer and more politically nuanced, the Divergent series—now weighing in with a second film, Insurgent—also offers relevant political critique and a realistic […]