Women’s Bodies in the Oscar-Nominated Films

Katherine Hepburn's Best Actress Oscars, for" Lion in Winter" and "On Golden Pond"

  Jake Flanagin at Pacific Standard and Victoria Dawson Hoff at Elle recently floated an interesting idea: The Oscars should be entirely segregated by gender. Their proposal would create categories such as Best Female Director and Best Female Writer in addition to the already segregated acting awards. Though this would lead to recognition of more […]

Remembering Wilma: The Cherokee Word For Water

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Wilma Mankiller, the first modern woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, died four years ago this spring, but thanks to a determined effort by her family, friends and the communities she spent her life advocating for, her legacy lives on in film. The Cherokee Word For Water, a docudrama directed by Wilma’s husband and longtime […]

TRICKED: A Chat With The Filmmakers

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A shocking 20.9 million people are victims of human trafficking around the world today—more than the populations of New York, Chicago, Miami, Houston and Los Angeles combined. In their new feature-length documentary TRICKED, filmmakers John-Keith Wasson and Jane Wells follow pimps, johns, sex-trafficking victims, parents and law enforcement agents in several U.S. cities, paying special […]

Thankful for Tauriel in Hobbit Tale

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SPOILERS ALERT …. Though The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is, in the main, a dwarf and orc sausagefest—with key male wizards, hobbits, elves and dragons at the center—there is, thankfully, Tauriel, a female elf. While many feminist-minded lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien have made worthy arguments regarding the importance of female characters in The Lord […]

Last Chance to Score Goals for Gender Equality!

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The women in the film are not just unbelievable athletes. They use soccer as a way to challenge gender-based violence, gender discrimination, and cultural biases. —(Ms.) Danny Turken, The Beautiful Game director and producer … Women are campaigning for some amazing projects on Kickstarter, and we can’t publicize them all—but considering how much the world […]

How Much Do You Know About “Women’s Lib”?

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During my years as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I took as many classes as I could in their well-reputed women’s studies department. When I was required to take a sociology class, I took “The Foundations of Feminism.” For my philosophy requirement, I chose “Philosophy of Feminism.” A literature […]

The Book Thief: Stealing Hearts and Minds

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Though the film The Book Thief is narrated by Death (as is the book) and takes place during World War II—an era particularly riddled with death—the movie brims with life. A large part of this is due to the amazing young actress Sophie Nélisse who plays the protagonist, Liesel Meminger. It is not often that […]

“Catching Fire”: Positive Fuel for the Feminist Flame

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I think most of us would agree there is no place on this planet that is utopian in the sense of being a perfect society (utopia literally means “no place”). Dystopia, on the other hand, exists to some extent every place. The Hunger Games trilogy is very apt in this sense of the word. The […]

“BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez” Is Bound to Be Good

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At 79 years old, Sonia Sanchez—the legendary writer, civil rights activist and leader of the Black Arts movement—is more badass than ever. Soon you will be able to see for yourself in BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a forthcoming documentary about her life and work—which are as inextricable as two sides of the same coin. For the […]

Attacking Rape Culture with Gallows Humor

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TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of rape and rape culture … When Jessie Kahnweiler started talking about making a comedic short film called Meet My Rapist about her personal experience with rape, everyone from friends and family to Hollywood insiders to feminists wary of offending victims urged her to rethink the idea. A P.R. consultant urged her to […]