Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Scotland's Women Song

Some of Scotland's most powerful women had come together to sing a couple songs for "From Austerity to Ambition", an event that celebrated strong women, September 13 in Edinburgh. The singing event was thrown together quite last minute, and the result ended up being a ninety-piece all-female choir, led by the incredibly talented Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Night I Cried at the Emmys

I cried.  I admit it.  I cried during the Emmys at 8:45 pm Eastern Standard Time.  When Amy Poehler quickly stood up and ran to the stage, I laughed so hard I cried (as I thought she was going to up fake accept the award).  Then she stood there, pumped, eager, as if she was waiting for the biggest moment of her life, like she was a finalist in American Idol.  And then Melissa McCarthy joined her in what then seemed to be a beauty pageant contest as the two held hands with nervous smiles, hunched.  Martha Plimpton followed, and then Edie Falco, with Tina Fey excitedly jumping up to the stage, and then lastly Laura Linney joining them to complete the final contestants on the stage.  Before the winner was announced, the crowd, led by Don Cheadle, stood and cheered wildly.  And I cried, so excited that women were getting the attention they deserved.  Every woman up there has taken funny to a new level and has broken barriers, and their talents should make them win actual beauty pageants.  I could not stop crying and smiling.
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Miss Representation to Air on OWN

The cleverly-titled Miss Representation, directed and co-written by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, takes a closer look at the lack of females in roles of power and how females are portrayed in the media.  Rachel Maddow, Nancy Pelosi, Margaret Cho, Geena Davis, and Gloria Steinem appear for interviews.  Children, teens, and adults all have their point of view.  I, for one, am pumped for this movie.

Miss Representation will air on OWN in October.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

If Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt Had Made the World

I've mentioned my love for Piatt's poems, but I wanted to give you a sample why.  Let's examine Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt's (August 11, 1836 – December 22, 1919) brilliance and feminism through the poem "If I Had Made the World".  I ran across her poems in the 2003 Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume C.  Piatt was not included in earlier editions nor in later ones.  For some reason, our professor thought it would be a wonderful idea that we take upon ourselves the insane quest of presenting her life, her work, and criticisms of her work.  It proved incredibly difficult in 2005, as there was barely anything available on her in print or online (though I didn't look at reviews on microfilm...I avoided those at all cost).  The only thing available was a collection of her poems by Dr. Paula Bernat Bennett.  I bought it online, but it didn't come in enough time, so we made due with the conflicting statements found online and in the anthology.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Female Creators Are Heard!

A slew of television pilots ordered are from female creators, but a few really stand out for their content and creators.

Vandalia Films, Jennifer Garner and Juliana Janes' production company, will be hiring Easy A writer (!!!!!!) Bert Royal as the pilot script writer for a half-hour comedy series The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, based on the popular non-fiction book.  Producers will be Donna Roth and Susan Arnold.  The show will follow the lives of the loner, the nerd, the popular bitch, the new girl, the gamer, the weird girl, and the band geek to highlight the qualities that set them apart as young adults that later in life will be what set them apart in the working world. (Variety)

Read on for more!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Feature Film: The Whistleblower

Rachel Weisz plays Kathryn Bolkovac, an agent sent to the UN to ensure safety and enforce international laws.  She runs into a human and drug trafficking problem that is overlooked by the UN.  Why?  There's surely a fishy deal that's been made between the drug lords and the UN.  Bolkovac becomes blacklisted, and is being watched.  Everyone refuses to help her, save for two older agents Madeleine Rees (played by Vanessa Redgrave) and Peter Ward (played by Jason Straithairn).  Both are risking their lives to help Bolkovac.

Read on for why The Whistleblower is so important (and not just for its strong female roles).

Thursday, September 8, 2011

What Feminism Means to Me

Here's a little insight on my role as a feminist:

When you’re raised in a confederate-flag-waving, tractor-driving-to-school small town, unaware of the world around you, you don’t really understand that racism or sexism should not exist because that's what you're surrounded and raised by: racism and sexism.  I had always been interested in strong women, but I wasn’t aware of women’s place in the world throughout history until my freshman year of college at Ball State, when I had American Literature I: Native America to the Civil War.  When I look back I think that started my course on feminism, where we studied Native American matriarchal myths, the letters of John and Abigail Adams, the role of prostitutes in early America, the poems of Anne Bradstreet, and other early American women.

Female Writers Decline in Number

Seriously.  AOLTV's Mo Ryan (who is awesome) just released a report telling us that the 2006-2007 television year had 35% females in the writers' room, and now that number has decreased to 19%!  The Wrap reports that in 2009-2010, 29% were women, and in 2010-2011, 15% were women.  What's going on?  Wasn't it getting better for women in the industry?  Well, look at all the new shows being presented to us.  Many of them are revolving around sexualizing women (Playboy Club) or reinforcing what it means to be a man or woman.  Gone are the days of strong women on epic shows with a large cast of writers like Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and Pushing Daisies.  If you look at these shows' casts, the characters are either equal in gender or more females than males.  Likely this reflects the writers' room, too.