Posts Tagged ‘Feministing’

A labor of love for actress and TV personality Ricki Lake, The Business of Being Born is upfront about its bias. Executive producer Lake and director Abby Epstein obviously think it would be better if more women in the United States used midwives rather than OBGYNs, and they make a pretty good case for their […]

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.” — Rebecca West, 1913 (Photo by E.O. Hoppé, 1923)

“What? Women are supposed to stick together no matter what? Come on. I stopped believing that when I threw away my ‘You’ve come a long way, baby’ keychain.” – Christine Cagney, Cagney & Lacey

Of course some episodes of Buffy are lackluster. “Beer Bad,” “Spiral,” and much of season seven are equal parts ridiculous and dull. But few episodes, in my opinion, are as embarrassingly, insultingly awful as “Him.” If not for its last nine or so minutes, I would easily call it the worst episode of Buffy ever. […]

The Ames Brothers – “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” (1954) I don’t usually write about music on this blog because, frankly, I suck at it, but I heard a song recently that’s got my inner feminist itchin’ to rant. The song, called “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” was written in the 1950s and […]

I’ll start by admitting that Death’s Daughter isn’t something that I would usually read. I have and do read science fiction/fantasy novels but the stories, written by authors such as Ursula Le Guin, Marge Piercy, and Octavia Butler, have had a pretty blatant second-wave feminist social commentary element to them. In fact, I would say […]

Based on the novel by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl attempts to explore the relationships between Henry VIII and two sisters: Anne Boleyn, whom he married, and her sister Mary, with whom Henry had an affair while he was married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. As a historical drama, the film doesn’t […]

The men look bad. The women look bad. Only Jane Powell escapes this movie unscathed. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is hardly an evolved movie, but my feminist sensibilities weren’t nearly as offended as I thought they would be. Even though I don’t like them, I can’t really fault Stanley Donen for the film’s representations […]

Usually I do try to read books before I watch their movie counterparts, but I was unaware of Eugenides’ novel when I saw Sofia Coppola’s film adaptation. Now that I’ve read the novel I can attest to Coppola’s excellent interpretation. As an appreciator of literature, I can recognize the superior quality of the novel, but […]

I just watched this film for the second time recently and I was reminded of how much I liked it. The film is beautiful, the acting is excellent and the story is very interesting. I do admit that the storytelling is very formulaic in a sense — estranged father and daughter grow closer, the less […]