The Oscars and the Bechdel Test
Media criticism / Pop-Culture / The Bechdel Test

The Oscars and the Bechdel Test

The media is full of news about the upcoming Oscars. The Oscars were started to award the best films and performances, with categories including “Best Picture” “Best Actor” “Best Supporting Actor” “Best Animated Film”, etc. It shouldn’t be hard for the nine films nominated for Best Picture to include a strong portrayal of women – … Continue reading

Why we’re fighting “Blurred Lines” at BU
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Why we’re fighting “Blurred Lines” at BU

Enough sound bites, status updates, Tweets, and other too-brief snippets of discussion. Let’s take some time, at length, to talk through the reasons and theory behind this whole Robin Thicke thing. 1) Why is the BU community petitioning against Robin Thicke, when many other pop artists have hit songs featuring analogous misogynistic content? Continue reading

Redefining the Stock
Around the World / Body Image / Feminism / Media criticism

Redefining the Stock

Stock photos; they are everywhere. They are utilized in advertisements, products in pre-sale, articles, and elsewhere. You can find them on the internet, in print, and in databases. I have always been curious as to who these people are and why they were chosen for these images. Are they picked because they are nondescript, attractive … Continue reading

Star Wars vs. The Wizard of Oz
Being a Man / Media criticism / Pop-Culture

Star Wars vs. The Wizard of Oz

A fascinating video about how our society represents manhood and strength in general in the movies that are shown to children. Colin Stokes, the director of communications for the non-profit Citizen Schools, focuses on Star Wars (his son’s favorite movie) and The Wizard of Oz (his daughter’s) –  both famous movies featuring “a furry guy” … Continue reading