Starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe, Hidden Figures is an uplifting untold true story of three African-American women who made history when they served pivotal roles in the early years of the US Space Program. As the US were racing to put a man in space before Russia, three African-American women fought against discrimination that was still so prevalent in 1960s America to … Continue reading Hidden Figures
Paul Feig’s latest foray into female-centric comedy, Spy, is a comedy masterpiece full of feisty female characters. If you want to see gender roles turned on their heads look no further, for once the women take the lead and the men are pretty much just there to look good. Melissa McCarthy smashes stereotypes playing a feisty, sassy, sexy and intelligent female spy who outshines her male contemporaries … Continue reading Why ‘Spy’ shows how women’s roles in film are changing
If you’d have asked me at ten years old what a patriarch was I probably would have said a type of exotic bird. An article with the title Girls with Short Hair are Damaged came to my attention last night and with a groan and an eye roll I clicked to have a read. I’m one of no doubt many women that’s bored … Continue reading Response: Girls with Short Hair are Damaged
This supercut film trailer highlights something that a lot of people consider a problem in modern cinema; the representation of gender and race. Here is an article that argues that this kind of representation is a problem that needs to be addressed. In it the author says “The “ONE MAN saves the world and gets the girl” fantasy is strong in the above video, but … Continue reading American Cinema revolves around men and women are worthless if they don’t look good.
There’s been a sudden and very noticeable change in the representations of women in the media recently, highlighted by two recent TV shows ‘Girls’ and ‘My Mad Fat Diary’. Successful comedian Melissa McCarthy has also become a big deal in the world of Hollywood after standing out in 2011 comedy Bridesmaids as unconventional Megan.
Do I spy a change in the attitude towards women and body image in the media?