Vampires, Skateboards and Autonomy: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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Director/writer Ana Lily Amirpour’s mixture of pulp fiction, Iranian New Wave Cinema and horror has created a beautiful dark fairy tale of a dangerous yet heroic she-vampire who swiftly kicks ass when needed. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is shot in black and white and set in an eerie ghost town called Bad […]

Top 10 Feminist Documentaries Streaming on Netflix

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Here at Ms., we’re always on the hunt for feminist documentaries and love showcasing them on the blog and in Ms. magazine. Feminist filmmakers telling the stories of women in new and interesting ways help to push women’s issues into the cultural mainstream and highlight societal problems that otherwise may have been overlooked. And these […]

Sometimes the Master’s Tools Can Light a Fire

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Dystopian and utopian texts are incredibly important for envisioning our world otherwise, a point emphasized by Ursula K. Le Guin at the 2014 National Book Awards. In her speech, Le Guin noted that we need writers who “can see through our fear-stricken society … to other ways of being,” and she named the profit motive […]

Choking on a Waterfall of Watermelon Seeds

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Reprinted with permission from Nikky Finney On Wednesday night Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. After she left the stage the host of the National Book Awards, Daniel Handler, told the crowd that she, a Black woman, “was allergic to watermelon” and then implored the crowd at the National […]

“Twilight” Screenplay Contest to Boost Women Writers and Directors

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Just when you thought Twilight had receded into the zeitgeists-of-popular-culture-past, a new short film contest called “The Storytellers— New Voices of The Twilight Saga” promises to bring the series, and its vibrant fan base, back to life. Before you grit your teeth and shake your feminist fist, bemoaning that one of the most regressive, non-feminist-friendly blockbuster sagas is […]

Nicki Minaj and the Performance of White Supremacy

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“[Hitler] killed Jews and Gypsies because he didn’t have us.” — from Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon I had already read the numerous condemnations before actually viewing the lyric video for Nicki Minaj’s latest single, “Only.” Just how bad could it be? I thought. After all, I had not seen prior indication that the pop star was given to anti-Semitism. […]

Women on Stage: The First Wives Club in Musical Form

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This spring, the widely popular 1996 movie The First Wives Club will make its stage debut at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Based on Olivia Goldsmith’s bestselling novel, the musical follows a trajectory similar to the film: Three college friends reconnect years after graduation, realizing they have more in common than just their alma mater. All three women […]

Forgotten Women of Film History: Lois Weber

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The third installment of Forgotten Women of Film History focuses the lens on socially conscious actress, writer, director and producer Lois Weber. Weber was the first American woman to direct a feature film, the first and only woman member of the Motion Pictures Directors Association and the first mayor of Universal City, Calif. Born June 13, […]

Marvel and DC Get a Diversity Facelift

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You could say that Marvel and DC Comics have been duking it out in a superhero film arms-race since, well, forever. Who has the greatest fan-favorite superheroes? Who has better film ratings? Who’s making the most money? And while many say Marvel’s in the lead, given the success of the recent Avengers reboot and Guardians […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: November

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Ms. November November steels herself for this eclipse. She twirls her silver ring, light wheels to dark. Shuffle around the closed amusement park. Take flight before the skygray canvas rips.   A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or […]