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Do You Laugh At Rape Jokes?

I could have titled this “Why Rape Jokes Aren’t Funny” but sometimes they are uproariously funny, right? I mean, who hasn’t laughed at a rape joke? Rape jokes are a dime a dozen. That’s why the problem isn’t the jokes or who’s telling them. It’s that so many, many people think that stories about degrading […]

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“Brave” Still Teaching Girls The Wrong Lessons

I had high hopes for “Brave.”  Megan Kearns, my go-to movie reviewer (and a new, official part of the Fem2.0 team!), raved about the strong female protagonist, the multi-dimensional bond between mother and daughter, and the lack of love interest, or even “male best friend” that we’ve become so accustomed to. Megan mentions a few […]

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“The Invisible War” — Documentary Spotlighting Rape in the Military Aims to Create National Awareness

“If this is happening to me, I can’t be the only one.” That epiphany is shared in the new documentary, The Invisible War, which takes an in-depth look at the impunity with which rape in the military is handled. Directed by Kirby Dick, it was recently featured at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, where it garnered the […]

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

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 heroine. But will Merida spark a new kind of role model? […]

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Choosing Not to Watch The Choice

Most of us have either heard about or watched The Voice, a game show where celebrity judges look for talented singers based onlyon their voice. Now Fox is using the same concept to create a dating game show, called The Choice, airing on June 7. Celebrity bachelors (and a few bachelorettes) fight over dates solely by listening […]

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Feminism in Film, TV & The Real World

I was home sick last week, which means I spent a lot of time watching Gilmore Girls reruns, Downton Abbey, and both Princess Diaries movies.  Have you ever noticed how all of parliament in The Princess Diaries 2 is male?  (Maybe you haven’t seen it enough to notice – I forgive if that’s the case.)  […]

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Adopted and Pro-Choice

Last week, TLC aired a special called Birth Moms in honour of Mother’s Day, documenting the experiences of three young pregnant women considering adoption. When I first heard about this show I, being an open and proud adoptee, was thrilled; in the current political environment where abortion is constantly in the hot seat, many other […]

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‘The Avengers,’ Strong Female Characters and Failing the Bechdel Test

Smashing box office records, audiences have been swept up in The Avengers hullabaloo. Interesting and compelling, the epic superhero film based on the Marvel comics unites Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, the Hulk and Thor “to form a team that must stop Thor’s brother Loki from enslaving the human race.” It was good. […]

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A Message to HBO’s ‘Girls’

So a couple of days late and multiple dollars short, I finally got to watch the first episode of Lena Dunham’s new HBO show. Unless you’ve been living under a rock – in which case you’ve missed being gleefully assaulted by all the marketing and preemptive opinion pieces about what exactly Ms. Dunham is trying to […]

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Making Sense of the Transgender Beauty Pageant Debacle

Beauty pageants are inherently sexist. Women are showcased like pieces of meat, and judged on how they look in swimsuits. I know that every pageant makes some effort to show that it values the intelligence and humanitarian efforts of these women, but I don’t think this negates the sexism. Because if that were really the […]

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