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.

SheZow: The Female Superhero who is really a Boy

The show features a young boy named Guy (yes, I know, the irony is apparent) become a female superhero after putting on a magic ring meant for his sister. Unable to take the ring off, Guy now has to come to full terms with his new superhero identity with the help of his sister and best friend.

Empowerment in Enough

One movie that has really got me thinking this semester about women’s empowerment has been Enough.  I think this is partially because of the role of domestic abuse in the film. In the beginning of the film Enough, Slim plays the role of a stereotypical woman.  Indeed, the only we way we can truly individualize…

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.