There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media. But some things aren’t changing fast enough. Check out the brand new video recapping some of the highs and lows of 2013
The 2014 Athena Film Festival is coming up in February and selling tickets now. They’re gearing up and looking for help! If you’re in NY you can volunteer here: http://athenafilmfestival.com/get-involved/volunteers/ …
There are, as usual, some AMAZING MOVIES from all over the world, as well as really terrific workshops. It’s a whole weekend of movies (feature length, shorts, documentaries highlighting women’s leadership in real life and the fiction.) It’s like if you took the Hollywood and the Academy Awards and had them reflect the reality and diversity of the world.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the biggest female-fronted movie opening in United States history.
"It’s especially rad when you consider all the feminist awesomeness Catching Fire has to offer. The Hunger Games is rife with political allegory, and right in the middle of the uprising is an unruly female protagonist who cares way more about the fate of her family (and the 99 percent, really) than she does about the moony-eyed fellas following her around, begging her to love them. Katniss is all about the revolution, not about the romance. Consider her wedding dress, that white multi-tiered symbol of innocence and acquiescence to society’s expectations. It’s a cage! A literal cage! Three full twirls in that thing, and she is engulfed in flames, her charred purity giving way to the sleek, dark symbol of insurgency: the Mockingjay. Caesar Flickerman tries to play it off with a choked laugh. “The girl on fire is so cheeky,” he says. But me and President Snow see that moment for what it really is: The knowledge that girls on fire can burn the patriarchy to the ground.”
Women purchase half of the movie tickets sold in the U.S., yet they continue to be underrepresented and misrepresented in film. (via New York Film Academy)
Full infographic: http://www.nyfa.edu/film-school-blog/gender-inequality-in-film/
You know butt pose: It’s when female characters on movie posters are posed just so, enabling the audience a view of both her chest and her derriere, while any male characters get to face the camera and be all action-y. Here are some Avengers-y examples (scroll down). And a more recent one from Divergent. Here’s another. And another. And another. And another.
Tauriel has no truck with that nonsense. Now strike a pose, Legolas!
"I don’t think there is such a thing as a feminist icon. I guess it just means that you’re recognizable, which for me was just an accident. If I was a physicist or astronaut or mechanic, I would be just as much a feminist." - Gloria Steinem, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today
Regardless of whether you watch Scandal or not, everyone needs to watch this and see Lisa Kudrow nail her scene about misogyny and sexism in the media.