Why We All Need To Go See Ghostbusters

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Why do we all need to go and see Ghostbusters (2016)? The simple reason is because we need to support women. Full stop. If you have no other reason to go, then go to support women in male-dominated industries. Why is this so important? Because when films featuring women as the protagonists don’t do well ...

Game of Thrones: Woman Rising

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This week has been crazy busy, but I wanted to take a moment to formalize some thoughts on season six of Game of Thrones and I wanted to do it this week (coz kairos). Personally, I can’t get on the “this was the best season ever” bandwagon because I think they are all pretty great, ...

Why I Didn’t Love Doris: Aging in Hollywood

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Hollywood isn’t very kind to women and it’s practically hostile towards aging women. Years ago, around the time Tara Reid was Hollywood’s five-minute “It Girl,” I remember reading an interview with Julia Roberts in which she basically said that she never would have made it to Hollywood if the current beauty standards had been the ...

Your Feminist Summer Reading List: Part II

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I’m back this week to complete your feminist summer reading list. If you missed last week’s first five, check them out here! You didn’t really think I was only going to leave you with 5 books did you? Why, that’s hardly a week’s worth of reading!   Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti             I started to ...

Your Feminist Summer Reading List: Part One

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Nothing announces the beginning of summer quite like summer reading lists and the bibliophile in me can never seem to get enough of them. Summers are for books and travel; for long nights curled up in a lounge chair with a refreshing drink and an interesting book and I’ve got both for you. The Geek Feminist ...

The Book That’s Making History

Perhaps it’s just me and the circle around me (admittedly, I have a rather small circle of colleagues and friends), but evidence seems to suggest some feminist stirrings. I’ve noticed women getting angry more quickly lately as they try to navigate the male dominated milieu that is our society. We should be angry. Women all ...

Being A Fairy Tale Scholar Part II

In an earlier post I talked about “What” it means to be a fairy tale scholar; what it is that fairy tale scholars do. Now I’m back to talk about the “Why,” and the “How.” I can only tell you about my personal “why” and it wasn’t because I was clobbered over the head one ...

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Who’s the Most Feminist of the All?

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It seems that it's been forever since I blogged about anything and that's because it has. I've failed miserably. I can only hope and try to do better going forward. Since I've been away I've been busy teaching, researching, doing some editing and going to and presenting at ICFA (the International Conference for the Fantastic ...

How to be a Single Ally

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1. Don’t assume there is Something Wrong with Me I’m not broken. I’m not defective. You are not single because you’re “too skinny,” “too fat,” “too smart,” “too stupid,” “not confident enough,” “too complicated,” “too rigid,” “too cold,” “too promiscuous,” “too crazy,” “too easy,” “too trusting,” and etc., etc., ad infinitum. This is something that needs ...

The What’s, Why’s, and How’s of Being a Fairy Tale Scholar: Part I

"For most of human history 'literature,' both fiction and poetry, has been narrated, not written - heard, not read. So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world" ~ Angela ...