Child and Teenage Girl Protagonists: The Roundup

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‘Brave’ and the Legacy of Female Prepubescent Power Fantasies

Basically, Brave isn’t really that brave of a film. It’s traipsing through a well-established trope that, though positive, is stagnant. Don’t get me wrong; I love all the prepubescent female power fantasy tales I’ve listed, and I’m grateful that they exist and that I could grow up with many of them. However, we can’t pretend that Brave is pushing any boundaries. It sends the message that little girls can be powerful as long as they remain little girls. The dearth of representations of postpubescent heroines who are not objectified, whose sexuality does not rule their interactions, and who are the heroes of their own stories is appalling.

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Where Have All the Women Gone in Movies? by Rebecca Keegan via Los Angeles Times Lucy Liu: “People See Sandra Bullock in a Romantic Comedy, Not Me” by Jorge Rivas via Colorlines Lucy Liu Talks Candidly about Racism and Stereotypes in Hollywood by S.E. Smith via XO Jane My Medical Choice by Angelina Jolie via […]

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Shonda Rhimes on TV’s Lack of Diversity: “I Think It’s Sad and Weird” by Jamilah King via Colorlines Network TV is Broken. So How Does Shonda Rhimes Keep Making Hits? by Willa Paskin via The New York Times Girls on Film: The Danger of the ‘Female Filmmaker’ Label by Monica Bartyzel via The Week The Onion […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

‘The Great Gatsby’ Still Gets Flappers Wrong by Lisa Hix via Collectors Weekly Geena Davis: Girls Need More Role Models in Media by Erica E. Phillips via The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy A Dude to Direct Hillary Clinton Biopic by Melissa Silverstein via Women and Hollywood  Rodham Will Put Hillary Clinton’s Backstory on the Big […]

2013 Oscar Week: ‘Brave’ and the Legacy of Female Prepubescent Power Fantasies

Written by Amanda Rodriguez. I liked Disney Pixar’s Brave well enough. It’s pretty enough. It’s a story about a mother and daughter, and there was no romance, both of which are nice; though, as I’ll show, neither are as uncommon as they might initially appear. I didn’t find the feminist qualities of this movie to […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Stephanie‘s Picks: Irish Women in Film Series: Vittoria Colonna via Film Ireland Does Lena Dunham’s “Casual Racism” Matter? by Samhita Mukhopadhyay via Feministing The London Feminist Film Festival Seeks Submissions from African Women Filmmakers via Spectra Speaks Brussels to Introduce Fines for Sexual Intimidation via Expatica This Is Perfect and That Is Not Sarcasm by […]

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Stephanie‘s Picks: Comic-Con 2012: Sexism in Hollywood: How Far Have We Come? by Lucas Shaw via The Wrap Will Catwoman Be a Breakout Feminist Character? by Melissa Silverstein via Women and Hollywood “Nice Guys” Contribute to Rape Culture by Ben Atherton-Zeman via Ms. Magazine Women in Film by the Numbers via Reel Grrls (from Pinterest) […]

Guest Writer Wednesday: The Princess Archetype In The Movies

The Hunger Games poster, Brave poster, Snow White and the Huntsman poster Guest post written by Laura A. Shamas. Originally published at Women and Hollywood, cross-posted with permission. What kind of “princess” is better off in the woods than at home? A princess who is more like the archetype of Artemis than of Aphrodite. In […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Stephanie‘s Picks: Daniel Tosh Is a Rape Culture Enforcer by Melissa McEwan via Shakesville Sheila Heti, Lena Dunham, and the Challenges of Telling “Girly” Stories in Film and Television by Alyssa Rosenberg via Slate Let’s Talk About Sexism in Movie Reviews, You Guys! by Tyler Coates via Black Book Megan‘s Picks: When Rape Jokes Are […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Stephanie‘s Picks: Must We Worry About the Boys of ‘Brave’? by KJ Dell’antonia via the New York Times Why I Heart GIRLS & Lena Dunham’s Body via Virginia Sole-Smith TV Trailer Watch: Steel Magnolias via Women and Hollywood Nora Ephron, Prolific Author and Screenwriter, Dies at Age 71 by Adam Bernstein via the Washington Post […]

Will ‘Brave’s Warrior Princess Merida Usher In a New Kind of Role Model for Girls?

Brave‘s Merida (Kelly MacDonald) via Disney Pixar  Originally published at Fem2pt0. I loved Brave.  I literally did a happy dance the moment I heard Pixar would feature a female-centric film. Out of their 13 movies, Brave marks their first female protagonist. Pretty shameful. But hey, they finally got their act together and created a kick-ass […]