Frozen and Empowered Women

Fairy tales have never been a good representation of women. It’s always the same story: a young princess is miserable and has to eventually be married to a prince and then she has her ‘happily ever after’. However, Disney seems to be challenging the traditional fairy tale in their new movie: “Frozen” which features two strong female characters who are able to take fate into their own hands.

Sexism in Comics

“Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was the only superhero whose assets were displayed as perhaps they would be on the poster for a porno parody version of the movie. Everyone else got to look like ass-kicking saviors ready for battle”

TV’s Strong Black Woman

Perkins believes that television’s typical depiction of the SBW dehumanizes black women, because they are presented without needs of their own. Perkins cites Olivia Pope on Scandal and Abigail Mills on Sleepy Hollow as characters who work against the SBW stereotype; they are strong women who also feel. These two characters are heroines, but not stoics.

Chocolat – a non-bad-ass hero

A few weeks ago, I watched the movie Chocolat, which had been much recommended to me previously. I was definitely taken with the premise, which had a woman who completely changed an ultra-religious French town from the inside out. And while the woman might not seem particularly powerful at first, I realized later just how much power she held in the little town.