The Social Network

Asian Womanhood in Pop Culture: The Roundup

Jessica, Eddie, and Emery help unpack in Florida

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‘The Social Network’ and the China Doll/Dragon Lady Syndrome


Part Dragon Lady, part China Doll, Christy is 100 percent stereotypical. It’s hard to believe that such a distorted representation, steeped in age-old myths, only dates back to 2010. Even more disheartening is the fact that most film critics did not raise an eyebrow at this deeply flawed portrayal.

Why Facebook’s "Occupy a Vagina" Event Is Not Okay

Last week, a petition urged Facebook to remove pages that promote sexual violence. Some of the offending pages included, “Kicking Sluts in the Vagina,” and “Riding your Girlfriend softly Cause you dont want to wake her up.” The following passage from the petition explains the overall goal: First, Facebook needs to clarify that pages […]

Quote of the Day: Susan Faludi

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, the 15th Anniversary Edition, by Susan Faludi Below is an excerpt from Susan Faludi’s famous Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. It comes from her chapter, “Fatal and Fetal Visions: The Backlash in the Movies.” Hollywood joined the backlash a few years later than the media; movie […]

Best Picture Nominee Review Series: The Social Network

The Social Network (2010) This is a guest review from Carrie Polansky. There are two ways to read women in the universe of The Social Network: 1.    As unnecessary set dressing, existing solely for the aesthetic and sexual pleasure of men; or2.    As vital to the invention of social networking and, by extension, to the […]

The Social Network Roundup

Most of the commentary out there on The Social Network focuses on its awesomeness and front-runner status for this year’s Best Picture Academy Award. Plus, the film won its opening weekend’s box office, even though it’s numbers were lower than anticipated. While it very well may be a brilliantly-made film, one thing we can’t ignore […]