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Buddy Girls

In miss thropist, screenshots, tv kicks on March 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

Betty and Veronica, Bes Friends

Happy International Women’s Day! If ever there was a day appropriate for expressing righteous feminist ire, I think that it’s today. As well as ALL THE OTHER ONES.

What I’d particularly like to gripe about right now is the lack of buddy girl movies. There are loads of films about two men, often with opposite personalities, having wacky adventures. In a way they kind of function as the male version of the rom-com.

Humpday still

Now I don’t dislike rom-coms per se, some are even quite good (When Harry Met SallyNo Strings AttachedFour Weddings and a Funeral10 Things I Hate About YouKnocked UpForgetting Sarah Marshall and Bridget Jones’s Diary to name a reasonably inoffensive few) and in general they do exactly what they say on the tin. They’re funny stories about finding love. And that’s fine. Read the rest of this entry »

Pretty Women

In fasc-ion, Mrs Dee Fine, tv kicks on March 8, 2012 at 8:32 am

Rosie the Riverter, "We Can Do It!"

The proposal for a special day to celebrate the value, struggles and rights of women across the world was made by Luise Zietz and Clara Zetkin in 1910. Inequality of pay, conditions and the status of women at work runs parallel to the sexual exploitation of women, especially through the media.

On an individual level, legal, social and political issues challenge us as women daily in our lives still.

My grandmother, who died in 1972, lived as a supporter of women’s rights. “I remember when people only had aeroplanes as a mad idea in their minds”, she told me one day when I was thinking of dropping History and she was talking me out of it.

“All these thin women these days look as though they’ve agreed to only be half alive,” she told me in the mid-sixties when Twiggy was hugely influential in moulding the thin body as the best shape for women.  In 2012, fashions are still very much created for this thin ideal.

Twiggy picture from 1960s

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Make Me Feel Like I’m the Only Girl in the World

In good vibrations, miss barista on January 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I have a few issues with Rihanna. Mostly that she’s the same age as me, is a multi-millionaire, award-winning recording artist and has achieved more than I ever will.

Also, not to be a prude, but the sex thing. Seriously. No-one needs to hear a song that has the line ‘sex in the air , I don’t care. I love the smell of it.’ Ew.

Yes, you’re a bit sexy. Men like you. But could you stop with this? It’s pandering and it’s even more irritating than the stupidly sexual outfits you wear on stage.

Now, okay, I’ve started this with a negative. I’m sure lots of people would say that Rihanna is just taking advantage of the media, that is declaring that she’s a young woman who loves sex, and that’s her right as a feminist. Read the rest of this entry »

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older…?

In Mrs Dee Fine, screenshots, techno, tv kicks on August 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

“old”

Old is a negative word – unless we’re talking about a vintage wine or valuable antique – but to be old is just not considered good in the Western word.

I’d love to be told about a sitcom, film or documentary that has a focus on what it really feels like to be old rather than to merely inhabit the body, and to carry the preconceptions our society has of ‘an old person’.

An 83-year-old woman told me yesterday that she has no idea yet about what it feels like to be old. However, for at least half the population of the western world, old is what happens to you after about 33 years of age.

The age pressure on woman is greater – the biological clock, inequality of opportunity and the lack of positive comments from our TV, films and books about being an older women.

How rare is it  for menopause, for example, to be projected as positive? Why do we so rarely see scenes of women discussing it openly, especially discussing it as something natural as opposed to completely awful? Read the rest of this entry »

Get Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries

In miss thropist, screenshots, tv kicks on July 10, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I was at the Pro-Choice Demo in London on Saturday and, like many of the other attendees, I didn’t quite understand why I was there.

There was an overwhelming sense that this battle had already been fought and won. The fact that we’re having to have this argument baffles me, and it’s left me at a rather uncharacteristic loss for words.

So I thought that instead of trying to eloquently make the points that abortion is a right and a choice, and that restricting access to abortion doesn’t stop women seeking and having them- it just stops women from having safe abortions, I’d let a couple of films do the talking for me.

Both the 2007 Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and the British Vera Drake from 2004 address these issues: Read the rest of this entry »

Through the Glass Ceiling, and Beyond

In miss thropist, screenshots on April 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Through the Glass Ceiling was one of my favourite- if not my very favourite- childhood films.

I was extremely excited when I discovered that the Leeds Animation Workshop had released it on DVD, as my multiple VHS copies had taken some serious beatings from re-watchings.

Becoming reacquainted with the story and characters all over again convinced me that I hadn’t been attaching fond childhood memories to my feelings about the film, it really is that fantastic.

This was proven even further when I set about luring as many people as I could up to my bedroom, simply to force them to watch it.

It’s a totally rewarding hobby- everyone laughs in all the right places and gets gleeful that anything this awesome exists at all. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 40

In bookmark, fasc-ion, good vibrations, ms elaine e. ouse, screenshots, tv kicks on March 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Happy Women’s Day!

It’s also the start of Lent, for which this year, having mostly quit smoking already, I am giving up misogyny.

If you would like to do this too, here are daily activities for the duration of Lent to keep us all focused.

Lent 2011 starts the day after Pancake Day, which is Wednesday 9th March. It continues for 46 days until Saturday 23rd April.

In Western Christianity Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Saturday. The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days of Lent because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter”, a celebration of Jesus.

If you feel that you do need activities for each Sunday during feminist Lent you may meditate and practice your mantra ‘I must not be a misogynist, I must not be a misogynist’.

And of course, make the pledge: swear off Disney porn for the duration of Lent.

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The Modern Woman’s Guide to Goddessliness

In fasc-ion, miss barista, techno on March 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Women of 2011, I beseech you, read this now. You need this article. You need this article that you are probably reading on your Blackberry, or iPhone or super cool laptop, whilst sitting on a squashed tube, or at home, nursing your numb feet that have been squished into overpriced shoes. You falsely believe you are a Power Woman. That you, with your well paid job in the media or some such, with your designer handbag and ability to quote Audrey Hepburn without blinking, are the epitome of what the modern woman should be. That you’ve broken the glass ceiling, that you’re powering forward in the urban abyss towards success.

Except your heels are so high that you’ve forgotten what it feels like to stand barefoot on the grass. You’ve forgotten how to play on the swings, to push yourself higher and higher until you feel like you can fly. Your life has been crudites and salmon for so long that you don’t remember just how good a jam sandwich tastes.

But lucky for you, it’s not only Women’s Day on the 8th of March, but the Spring Equinox, the pagan holiday of Oestara on the 20th. So really, it’s the month of the Goddess.

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Wings of the Dove

In miss thropist, tv kicks on March 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm

In honour of International Women’s Day, I’ve decided to put my misogyny aside and in addition to listing my favourite TV wingmen I thought I’d discuss my ten favourite potential wingwomen from television shows too.

Women often confuse me (how can it possibly take that long to pee, and why do they need to screech so loudly on the night bus?) but there are some good ones, and they do have some good points. Like boobs.

Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), How I Met Your Mother


Robin proved to be a much better bro for Barney than Ted- although let’s face it, who isn’t a better wingperson than Ted?- in ‘Zip, Zip, Zip’. She actually suits up for one thing, and is buckets of fun. More recently she was also the one who introduced Barney to Nora, encouraged him to ask her out and made sure that he had her number. Read the rest of this entry »

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