Monday, December 31, 2012
My co-writer Auddie P over at Nerdy Pop has a special guest post for us, a well-written, summary of the best things to come out of 2012 for girls. It truly was an inspiring year and certainly looks to be progressing (but with much fight from some groups) for females with an increasing importance on women in business and film production.
In 1912 Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Girl Scouts declared this year, 2012, The Year of the Girl. As we tend to do, on the final days of the year, I've been reflecting on 2012 and have noticed that they might have been right. Women made records and impacted our country significantly this year in many ways. Below are several examples of how they've made 2012 the year of the girl.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Just in time for the holidays, you can buy yourself or your feminist-nerd friends a gift they'll love! Go donate to The Big Feminist BUT graphic novel kickstarter, a collection of mini comics dedicated to the taboo of the feminist label. The final book, which needs help going to the printers, will be 8x10 and 200 pages in black and white. The book, if bought, will ship in February 2013. For a list of creators, click past the jump or go to the kickstarter.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Every day, comedian Jen Kirkman is sent messages by angry people, not just men, about how she isn't funny and only pretty. It happens to every comedian who is female, as we all know. Sure you can ignore all the horrendous trolls on the internet, but you can stand up and say, "This is wrong! Someone else, say something too!" And so Jen Kirkman has declared a strike against twitter until men in comedy start supporting her and vowing that women can indeed be funny. And she's right: men in comedy often do not show support (or opposition) of social issues, like gay rights or racism.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
|Restless cast, photo courtesy of Sundance Channel|
"A is For". It's a beautiful project that highlights men and women who support women's rights. They encourage people to wear their scarlet letter with pride to show that they should not be shamed in to silence, like Hester. Donations will support the Center for Reproductive Rights, and in exchange donators will get an A ribbon to wear. Some of your favorite celebrities are showing their support on video for you to share! Be sure to check out Plimpton's speech and the transcript from NYC's Unite Women rally and see Jane Lynch's video after the jump!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
In Episode 2 of its first season, Major Crimes' star Captain Sharon Raydor, played by the ever-amazing Mary McDonnell, states her displeasure with those who think her too old to run the department. Commander Taylor tells her why she hasn't proven herself leadership material and clarifies: "The job is a promotion and it's a gift, one that usually doesn't happen to people after they qualify for retirement." Raydor retorts quickly: "So considering how many people would like to replace and how old I am, I should just take this job and be grateful, is that what you're saying?" It is this confrontation in the show that provides the rationale of this show;s very existence. Can a show with a female lead take off?
|I think they're about to cross....and just look at all those men. Barely enough room for the two women!|
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Every now and then, a book comes along with a quiet power and dignity. The Steel Seraglio is one of those books that will have gone under the radar for a majority of worldwide readers, but it shouldn't. The book is fairly complex in its themes, characters, and even plot due to reasons soon to be expounded. What is also striking is its ability to not acknowledge any genre boundaries. It is written much like an ancient document, detailing the lost city of Bessa in the Middle East, but it draws from historical fiction/alternate history, as well as magical realism, all lending to an unnerving, gripping, thrilling, and unexpected page turner. Though it's given these qualities of historical fiction and magical realism, it also brings forth the epic fantasy vibe, though not so much as journey of a fellowship of different races trying to save a world. Rather, this is the story of the concubines a seraglio, or harem, of the fictional city of Bessa's sultan Bokhari Al-Bokhari.
Al-Bokhari and his wives and legitimate children with said wives are killed by a religious extremist Hakkim, who is also a trained assassin. He believes it his destiny to eradicate all debauchery and sin from Bessa. The seraglio managed to persuade Hakkim to send them as a gift to a neighboring sultan through the techniques they'd always used on political figures and men to do their bidding in subtle arts. But the women of the seraglio have a different idea: take back Bessa. Read on for a complete review, spoiler-free but very in-depth.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
|Likely the most realistic of her everyday appearance|
Why should there be a debate about this? Let me explain the circumstances revolving around Elizabeth's life, political prowess, and the period in which she was born.
Sure, queens were of no shortage in Elizabeth's day. They happened to inherit the throne. That didn't mean men, or even women, loved it. It was theirs by birth or by marriage. In a time when killing and plotting a king or queen's death was a common matter, a crown had to be safe at all times and command with a resolve that far outweighs those of the cruelest tyrants within the last century. A fear of death and a fear of loss of power would drive a man (or in this case a woman) to overcompensate.
Monday, March 12, 2012
What It Takes is a webcomic, started in 2009, by Karen "KEZ" Howard. The webcomic came to fruition by her noticing of the lack of well-rounded woman warriors. KEZ explains upon her first strip's publishing, "Welcome to my newest creation that's been on the backburner ever since I saw the horror that is every single 'female warrior' show or movie from ages past. This is the story of Colbey, a martial artist who survives the end of the world. It is rated R. There will be blood, guts, swearing, but it should for the most part, be always SFW." The webcomic is a smart, quick read and provides a female lead worthy of a movie role. Colbey is as deadly with gun as she is with a knife, but she's hesitant to kill unless she needs to. The sense of danger and realism in What It Takes lurks around every update with gangs, bar brawls, and the survival of the fittest.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
TV Guide recently interviewed Katrina Law on her role as Mira in Starz' Spartacus. I get if you're not a fan, but the show is grounded in the historical realities of sensual fulfillment and brutal backstabbing (Get it? Brutus? Literally and figuratively backstabbing Caesar?) with rich characters, characters who also happen to be strong females. I love the warrior women vibe the slave women always gave off, but it could never really come to fruition until now (though Ilythia always is ruthless in a different fashion).
With all the controversy surrounding recent women-oriented political issues, mostly revolving around contraception, individual rights, and military involvement, female voters, as the majority, will be crucial in the coming election. It seems that the tide has turned, and women are supporting the Democrats, despite many disliking Obama anymore. The republicans have been saying degrading, outrageously ignorant comments about women. It seems that only the most evangelical and ignorant women are voting for the Republicans. I'm not sure I can stomach another comment made from a dumb politician who knows nothing of female concerns nor rights and thinks that we should revert to the 50s.
Friday, February 24, 2012
With her husband Jan, Antonina Żabiński owned and managed the Warsaw Zoo. She had a way with animals that even when she was a child, animals calmed themselves around her. Everyone she met said she was infectious; she knew how to read animals (though to a lesser extent people), and she knew how to keep liveliness in a time of complete disaster by playing piano, inspiring laughter, and keeping care of everyone she knew and didn't know.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
At the Paley Center's Season 2 is simply called "She's Making Media". Each Thursday a new half-hour episode airs, with Glenn Close premiering the season last week (January 19). Repeats will air the following week, so you can catch Glenn Close on January 24.