“Boyhood” Is Also a Film About Motherhood

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Richard Linklater’s film Boyhood has been widely praised for its innovative approach and its ability to handle a sweeping topic (growing up) largely without sentimentality. The movie is filmed over the course of 12 years, using the same cast and whatever cultural backdrop was handy in Texas at the annual time of filming. For instance, […]

The New (Feminist) Pornographers

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Pornography is one of the more controversial issues in feminism, and the Ms. Blog has published many posts on the topic. Here, a writer goes directly to a feminist pornographer to get her take on how the industry intersects with women’s issues. In her keynote address at the 2014 Feminist Porn Awards, pornographer Courtney Trouble opened by […]

“The Giver” Delivers Powerful Pro-Choice Message in Slick, IKEA Package

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Translating dystopian texts to the screen is tricky business, as such texts rely so much on the reader’s perception of what a truly dystopian society would look and feel like. To some, the visuals of The Giver might seem ideal: cookie-cutter houses filled with sparse, functional, IKEA-like furnishings and a society that also has a straight-lined, minimalist, […]

Nicki Minaj: A Brown Sugar Sphinx Riddle

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Who knew that after the demolition of Kara Walker’s wildly popular “Marvelous Sugar Baby” art installation (see photo at left) at the old Domino sugar refinery in Brooklyn, the giant-sized booty of her 35-foot-high and 75-foot-long Sphinx would cast a long shadow this summer? At least that seems to be the case with the uproar […]

Lucy Is No Louise: Skip This Action-Packed Fail and Re-watch Thelma and Louise Instead

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Sure, Scarlett Johansson is a great actor. Alas, her lead role in Lucy does not do her justice. The premise of the film—that we only use 10 percent of our brains—is a faulty one and caused quite an angry buzzing across the Internet (as here and here) even before the film’s official release. The direction […]

This Summer in Comics: Thumbs Up for a Woman Thor, Down for a Patriarchal Labor Union

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The comic book industry usually appreciates women most when they are chopped into little bits and stuffed into freezers. Yet Marvel is making strides towards rewriting these traditionally misogynistic universes with their recent announcement that the new Thor will be a woman. Marvel editor Wil Moss explained, The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds […]

Help Spread the Story of the First Black Prima Ballerina!

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In the 1930s, when 15-year-old ballet dancer Janet Collins first began to audition for dance companies, she was invited to join the prestigious Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The only condition was that the black performer would have to wear whiteface. “I said no,” Collins told The New York Times in a 1974 interview. “I […]

Free the Japanese 3D Vagina Artist!

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Megumi Igarashi, the Japanese artist who goes by the name Rokudenashiko (“good-for-nothing girl” or “n’er-do-well kid”) was arrested this week by Tokyo police for allegedly violating Japanese obscenity laws. Her crime? Distributing imaging data of her own vagina—data which could potentially be used by a 3D printer to reproduce a model of her genitals. A […]

Consuming Sugar: Kara Walker’s Marvelous Sugar Baby

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Sugar has been one of the world’s most desired commodities since the 19th century, when it went from being a luxury item to a product of mass consumption. The demand for sugar fueled the trade in human beings to cultivate it. Abolitionists, especially English protofeminists, deployed the term “blood sugar” to try to curb the […]

46 Plays By Women You SHOULD Be Seeing

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In 2013, 13 women hailing from Los Angeles banded together to form The Kilroys, who coyly announce, “We make trouble. And plays.” Named after the graffiti soldiers used to declare their presence during World War II, The Kilroys are playwrights and producers looking to end the underrepresentation of female-identified voices in the American theater scene. […]