Girl Power and Homosexuality

Recently I realized that our class discussions of Girl Power were nearly devoid of any talk of homosexuality.  While we watched a few movies with lesbian characters or sexual activity between women and a handful of blog posts touched upon lesbianism or sexual orientation, there was very little discussion of how homosexuality (specifically non-heterosexual female…

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.

Girlfight: Diana and Adrian

In class we discussed the purpose of Diana and Adrian’s romance in the movie Girlfight. Most people were understandably annoyed that a movie staring a woman had to center on romance once again. Isn’t there more to a young girl’s life than who she’s crushing on this week? And shouldn’t her journey towards empowerment be…

How To Write A Strong Female Lead

Here’s a Thought Catalog (yes, Thought Catalog. Don’t judge me. I saw it on a friend’s Facebook wall, I swear) piece relating to the things we were discussing last week about Strong Female Characters. Worth a read and a chuckle or two, despite some weird grammar and a few interesting (arguably inaccurate) perceptions of what…

Badass Suzie Toller: Why I Loved Wild Things

Until the last few minutes of “Wild Things”, I couldn’t understand how it was a girl power movie.  I cringed every time Kelly was on screen.  She embodies everything we have been criticizing about women in popular culture this semester.  Her only positive “quality” is her beauty.  Her self-worth is based entirely on the love…

Crazy Sexy Cool

Tonight @ 9pm Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story aired on Vh1 and of course I had to tune in. When thinking about Girl Power and Pop culture it is impossible not to include the group TLC in the conversation. They are the epitome of a 90s girl group. The group consisted of 3 girls,…

Women in Literature

I was thinking  more about the class we had a couple of weeks ago where we talked about topics we’d like to see come up in class. While all fantastic topics, the English major in me was CLAMORING to get to the “English 271” part of this WAGS/FAMS/BLST course. I’ve loved all the films we’ve…