Monday, October 31, 2011

British Royal Line of Succession Changes

It's been a long time coming.  And I mean a really long time.  Britain has seen its share of queens ruling alone, some having been a sore subject on the history of their political power (Bloody Mary) and some having been inspirational figures (Boudicca), and now we just might see more in the future.  The British royal succession has officially been changed as of Friday to include the eldest female, rather than the eldest male.  Not that I exactly like the idea of a monarchy, but hey, it's a step up!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Site of the Week 10/23-29/11

Check out Rule 63 Rules, everyone!  It culls together art that switches gender in nerdy pop culture.  It makes you think...the Avengers loves their meatsticks.  Where are the ladies in that sausagefest? 
The Avengers gender switched (by Elliott Marshal)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sherrié Austin Returns

It's been a while since we've heard Sherrié Austin's voice, but others have long been channeling her words, much like Rachel Proctor.  Austin has written songs recorded by Tim McGraw, George Strait, and most recently "If I Was a Woman" by Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton.  Austin came up with the idea to write a song related to every episode of Sex and the City.  The result is the upcoming thirteen-track album, showcasing the power, strength, and sass of the modern-day woman.  Expect her trademark humor as well as her heart-breaking songs.  The independently funded and released album Circus Girl will be released on 15 November.  Austin's last single was a fun cover of "Son of a Preacher Man".

Continue reading after the jump for more news on Sherrié Austin.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fictional Icon: Penny Hartz

Casey Wilson's character Penny Hartz on ABC's Happy Endings has given me a realization about her character.  The first season gave us the impression that she was going down the path of a sad, lonely, manic, desperate woman wanting to be married and have children ASAP but isn't having any luck.  Granted, this makes for great situational comedy, especially because Wilson is such a great physical comedian.  But what makes Season 2's Penny so gosh darn respectable and feminist?  Read to find out.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's Official: Patty Jenkins to Direct Thor 2!

Thank you, Marvel.  Patty Jenkins is officially signed on to direct Thor 2.  A woman directing a mainstream action movie?  Awesome!  Breaking molds!  Jenkins' previous directorial projects included the beloved Monster and an episode of Arrested Development.  It's doubtful that a woman has ever directed a movie with a budget this large.  Thor's films are experimental, after all.  Kenneth Branagh, whose experience largely lies within the Shakespearean realm, was hired for Thor, which was a large leap of faith.  I was expecting more of the Shakespearean language, but they were asked to water it down.  Obviously Jenkins has a great idea for Thor 2 that really struck a chord with Marvel's movie execs.  Hopefully she'll amp up the intelligence of Jane Foster and balance the action with romance.  Thor will surely continue to find his humanity and connection to humanity through Jane Foster.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Women, Women Everywhere!

Finally women are getting noticed by the media.

Featured in this month's Fortune is a list of the U.S.'s 50 most powerful women in business.  It also features the world's 50 most powerful women.  Another article talks about why there hasn't been a female Mark Zuckerberg, but there will be soon.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

PBS Gets Girly

In a charge led by Geena Davis, PBS (via Independent Television Service) will air the first wave of over fifty documentaries revolving around powerful women in the next nine months.  Perhaps PBS will give birth to a change in female representation in the media?  (Get it?  Nine months?  Give birth?)  The program will last three years, starting with 11 October 2011.  That's right: Tuesday.  Read on for more detailed info and the impact the program plans on having.