Beauty and Mulvey

The Jezebel article, “On Men, Women, and the Conversation About Beauty,” reminded me quite a bit of Mulvey. The article argues that we limit discussions of beauty to women’s beauty as seen by men. First, it describes how we talk about beauty in one way. I read or hear about beauty and women about every…

Harry Potter and Lacan

Inspired by this post on ACVoice, I started thinking about Harry Potter’s Mirror of Erised in relation to Lacan. When explaining to Harry the Mirror of Erised, Albus Dumbledore said, “Let me explain. The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would…

On The ‘Fro

Saw this op-ed in the New York Times and thought of our discussion of Foxy’s afro in Foxy Brown and its function as a symbol of her power and identity. The author of the piece is a proudly self-identifying white guy who, in his youth, sported an afro. And that’s more or less it. That’s…

‘What’s Your Excuse?’

Recently, a woman (Kang) posted the above picture on Facebook. Subsequently it stirred up quite a bit of controversy. This photograph–along with the controversy surrounding it–fits in well with our discussions of women judging other women. 

The Wild Boy and the Mirror Stage

In my French class, we watched a movie called “The Wild Child” based on a true story about a twelve year-old boy who was found in the woods of France at the beginning of the nineteenth century.  He has been abandoned as a toddler, and has found a way to survive by himself.  He has…

The Scarlet Letter in 2013

I was listening to ‘Easier to Lie’ by Cassadee Pope  (anyone else a huge The Voice fan?!) today and the song really resonated with me. In ‘Easier to Lie’, Cassadee sings about the guilt of cheating and being unable to tell her lover the truth. This song struck me hard because there are rarely any…

Interpellation at its finest?

Below is a link to an interesting article.For all fellow fans of Jezebel and similar clubs, we are featured as deeply insecure and unfemale. I am leaving it open, that is,refraining from trying to write an objective post because it will ultimately be subjective. I hope you can judge it for yourself, not reactively, but…

Am I the Chosen One?

I’ve seen The Matrix about four times, and to me it just keeps getting better and better. However, after theorizing the movie, I experienced an extreme range of emotions, from total empowerment to utter revulsion. I’ll share with you my negative impressions first to get them out of the way. What struck me almost immediately…

Kill Bill and Revenge Film Tropes

Oddly enough, when I was between the two Kill Bill films, I stumbled upon this article. It focuses on female protagonists in revenge films such as Kill Bill. It asks a question that seemed similar to the one posed on the Girlpower syllabus: Do they truly offer feminist depictions of female characters or just misogyny…

Changing Miley: Should we even be trying?

Continuing my theme of pop singers vs. others, this blog gives us one match up that I’m sure many have heard about already. Miley Cyrus has recently been in a bit of a feud with singer/song writer Sinead O’Connor. The two have been in an email/social media battle for the past few weeks, but for…