Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing theme: white men dominate movie roles. But it’s all rhetoric and no data, which gets us nowhere in terms of having an informed discussion.
Because data is a wonderful thing. If it can be measured, why guess?
How Accepting Leggings as Pants Made Me a Better Feminist argues against Fashion snobbery, and espouses the author’s re-found love of leggings and their virtues. Is she onto something here? Then she theorizes that this has led her to a new place in Feminism. What do you think? And does it apply to Jeggings too?
What Really Makes Katniss of Hunger Games Stand Out? Peeta, Her Movie Girlfriend is a really interesting look at a male character we don’t often see in mainstream movies, and how that changes the main female protagonist. Far from a negative, it’s pretty refreshing to see. No big spoilers, especially if you’ve read the books.
Starts at 1:05. Because if you have choice, chances are you have privilege. Adam Falkner's "The Definition of Privilege"
Many of us are not really aware of what goes on in running a household, raising a family. It sounds tired, old and cliché, but with more women in the workforce and burning out doing double duty, we are waking up fast. Especially when we are faced with the reality of hiring and paying someone to do all that work we took for granted. Advice from the top: Marry a stay-at-home spouse or buy the equivalent by Penelope Trunk. This advice of course is geared towards the executive-class but it should provide context for all of us.
The latest commercial for Goldie Blox has girls building a Rube Goldberg machine out of their old princess toys while chanting for more choice and decrying the injustice that is blue for boys, pink for girls. It’s true this latest commercial is a bit anti-girly-things, and I can understand why they feel they have to present a different image to girls, that it is OK and great to celebrate this kind of different activity. I don’t think anyone is kidding themselves that princess-play will vanish, or that girls won’t ALSO enjoy that. In the end it’s a fun video that makes us think just a little bit about what we’re doing.
I know some of you will look at the Goldie Blox toys afterwards and say, “But Fin, the goldie blox toys are pink and ribbons and stories!”. That’s because research on today’s generation of girls who grew up with today’s princess complex are most likely to avoid something that isn’t pink to start with. So it’s a trick. That also explains why a gender-neutral toy wouldn’t work for girls (yet). And the stories? Turns out girls play with toys differently than boys, they like a narrative, not just fiddling. So this is tailored to how they learn and play, not because of Disney stories. In the end, I see it as hugely positive, even if sometimes we are taking baby steps.