Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Helen Mirren on Female Roles

Helen Mirren discusses on CBS's The Early Show the role of women in films in relation to the world.  She's incredible.  There's a reason why she, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Dame Judi Dench are my favorite actresses.

The Hangman's Tree/Streets of Derry: A Historical Analysis

In the folk tune "The Prickly Bush"/"The Prickle-Holly Bush"/"Prickle-Eye Bush"/"The Maid Freed from the Gallows"/"The Golden Ball" a woman is to be hanged.  The woman's family comes to see her hanged, but she hoped they had come to bring money to pay for her release.  They did not.  Her last resort, her lover, comes riding in with the money just before the swing of the axe.  This may be your typical damsel in distress story, but recent versions are far from it.  When the song traveled to the U.S. with the English immigrants, executing women was less common, so the story turned to a male-centric tune, where he must be saved by his love, in the more recent versions.  In those versions of "The Derry Gaol"/"The Streets of Derry"/"Hail a Brighter Day" we see the ancient Irish matriarchal society coming through, as it also celebrates the female saving the day.  Let's take a look at the transformations.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gloria: In Her Own Words (Review)

Last Monday on HBO Gloria: In Her Own Words, a documentary about Gloria Steinem's leading the way in feminism.  Luckily Gloria narrated the documentary.  This is something we don't often receive in documentaries, as many subjects of documentaries are dead.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fictional Icon: Leslie Knope

I look up to Leslie Knope--played by the lovely, talented, and hilarious Amy Poehler.  On the surface Leslie can seem...ditzy.  But she's far from it.  Not only is Leslie the most likeable female character on TV; she is the most well-rounded character, which is odd for a comedy.  She's not overly aggressive and not dumb.  She's herself and she loves everyone, except librarians...and people from Eagleton.  Let's take a look at her brilliance and feminism through the past three seasons.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Little Drummer Girl: A Historical Analysis

The traditional folk song "Drummer Girl" has taken many variations, but its origins may very well be of Mary Anne Talbot and created during the last decade of the 1700s.  First brought to attention in 1965 during the folk resurgence by the Watersons with Percy Grainger, the song was taught by none other than a Yorkshire girl.  It's very fascinating that this song lasted through the times, considering its nature, but it would be very easy to teach to your daughters through the generations and gone under the radar as a lost folk tune.  So let's take a look at the possible history of the song and its transformations.


I've taken my blog posts from Nerdy Pop, branched out, and made this blog for feminist features.  You'll see anything relating to feminism throughout history to contemporary issues relating to rights of women.

My Feministy Heroes

It's no secret; I'm a feminist.  I'd actually like to think I'm more of a humanist.  There are so many people without rights or respect.  But it's high-time women gained equal rights and respect.  My dad said he'd never want a woman covering him in the battlefield.  My response: history has proved otherwise.  Women get the job done, no matter what.  I wanted to share with you some women who've made me into the passionate feminist I am today.  I'll start with the earliest living...after the jump.

Book Review: At Issue's Women in Islam

This collection of essays in Women in Islam confronts the topic of Muslim women, so Westerners can better understand points of view of women in Islam with religion, society, gender, and law.  Though some points of view oppose in certain fundamentals, like Eltahawy’s “Muslim Women Should Not Be Stereotyped” and Pollitt’s “Muslim Women Need Their Rights to Be Recognized”, they are trying to do accomplish the same feat: provoking Westerners to overcome their ignorance based on stereotypes, fed by media, history, religions, and politics.  Read on for the review.

Aung San Suu Kyi "The Lady"

"Please use your liberty to  promote ours."  -Aung San Suu Kyi

And so I will...

With the new film coming out next year, I thought it important that I bring about the awareness of all that is Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and the symbol of the Democratic revolution in Burma.  Before November 13, 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi spent fifteen years under house arrest and other types of detentions.  Heroism runs in the family.  Her father Aung San was also an advocate of independence, who was killed when she was two.  She was highly educated, having graduation from Oxford.  In 1988, Burma called her back for her ill mother.  Approximately five thousand people were killed in the revolution she got caught up in on August 8.  Five thousand!  In one day!

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