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Dissecting Masculinity in Hannibal

The second season of NBC’s Hannibal has received critical acclaim for the way it’s pushed boundaries on artistry, violence, and depth on television. But one of the most integral and perhaps overlooked aspects is the progressiveness of masculinity in this series. In what is an increasingly male-centric series we see a distinct comfort and openness […]

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The Making of an Independent Music Video: The Great Equalizer of Film

We did it. My team and I officially made a music video this week – in my home town, Atlanta, Georgia, in a beautiful cinema with a haunting past. And oh, how I loved it, and oh, how I saw the tables turning regarding gender bias. I have never felt to empowered, yet so unfortunately […]

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The Cycle of Giving and Taking – Feminism as a Cycle

The Cycle of Giving and Taking – Feminism as a Cycle There’s strength in numbers. As a songwriter planning a release for my album, I’m in a position I’ve never been in before – The position to ask for help. Whether I’m cold-calling a music manager, or asking to get an opening slot, it all […]

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A Woman’s Photograph: the Music of Still-Life

How do you choose to be portrayed? If we are what we wear, what we say, and even what we eat, we are rightfully a little overwhelmed.  What is the importance of a photograph, if any? What makes intention in photography of women so important? For me while doing a shoot this weekend in New […]

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Feminist Stories From Women’s Liberation: 1963-1970

It’s March. Women’s History Month. What better time to examine the second wave of feminism and to question how far women have really come? Jennifer Lee’s new documentary,Feminist Stories From Women’s Liberation: 1963-1970, is aiming to reopen a conversation on feminism through a reexamination of the movement’s evolution. Shining a light on the grassroots women who […]

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Women who Write What they Shouldn’t

Intro What I’ve always found striking about writing music on women’s issues, is that its connection to folk music is so irritatingly ironic.  The irony in it is this — that male folk-writers evoke a particular image in one’s mind, its fused with their music. But what is the woman’s? A girl with a guitar.  […]

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Why you should be happy about the Veronica Mars movie, even if you don’t like Veronica Mars

Unless you’ve been living in a far-flung locale off the grid, it would be hard to miss the hullabaloo about the Veronica Mars movie, which debuted in limited release and video-on-demand on March 14. Whether you’re on Team Reboot or Team I-DON’T-CARE-PLEASE-SHUT-UP-ALREADY, there is no denying that the record-breaking fan-funding that breathed life back into […]

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Athena Film Festival 2014: Lady Leaders and Progressive Storytelling

For the past four years the annual Athena Film Festival, founded by Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood and Kathryn Kolbert of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, has provided a jam-packed weekend showcase for films about women and girls.  Not only are these films about women and girls, the women and girls portrayed are […]

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Woody Allen, Dylan Farrow and Hollywood: How Turning a Blind Eye Empowers Rape Culture

When we’re children, we’re often asked what we want to be when we grow up. A firefighter? A doctor? An astronaut? As we age, these questions evolve: How many children do you want? What kind of partner do you want to have? In what kind of society do you want to live? That last question […]

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‘Too Much Estrogen’: The Golden Globes, Chris Christie and Men Who Don’t Want to Share Culture

Brit Hume thinks Chris Christie is paying for a “feminized atmosphere,” in which his naturally tough guy (read: male) behavior has been erroneously cast as bullying. Meanwhile, the NY Post’s film critic Kyle Smith’s take on the Golden Globes was that there was just “too much estrogren.” These are just this weekend’s examples of men […]

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