Gender and Hollywood- “Joy”

Katniss. Hermione. Merida. Elsa. Blackwidow. These are just a few examples of strong, female heroines that have graced movie screens in the last decade. Regardless of the ingrained patriarchy by which Hollywood has created countless films, it would seem that a tide has turned in the way women have been portrayed on screen. Much has … Continue reading Gender and Hollywood- “Joy”

Celebrity Infatuation: How thinking you’re “just like Jennifer Lawrence” could be damaging

You know you’ve seen it. Buzzfeed article celebrating Jennifer Lawrence’s latest awkward/funny/adorable interview. The Facebook link your friends are posting about which character from Friends you’re most like. And probably, like me, you’ve read these, clicked through them, and amused yourself for a few minutes more. With technology linking people, our celebrity culture has amplified. You … Continue reading Celebrity Infatuation: How thinking you’re “just like Jennifer Lawrence” could be damaging

The “Cool Girl” and other ways to be a woman in the 21st century

So...the "Cool Girl." Those of us interested in gender discussions online (and with our similarly-minded friends and co-workers) have probably run the gamut on articles that not only identify this character trope, but have contributed to either criticizing it outrightly, or more moderately evaluating the social constructs behind this concept. For those late to the … Continue reading The “Cool Girl” and other ways to be a woman in the 21st century