Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters!

By on Jun 1, 2016 in Gender in the Media | 1 comment

Check out my remarks on the new all-women Ghostbusters remake that comes out next month. Published in Al Arabiya English: “I absolutely applaud Hollywood’s recent efforts to remake classic action movies starring female leads instead. And I hope the producers of the James Bond franchise will consider re-vamping the series to include a woman Bond – it doesn’t hurt to try it, at least,” Christina Paschyn, lecturer of journalism in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar, who frequently writes about gender issues and media, told Al Arabiya. “As a young girl I loved action films, and still do, but as I grew older I became increasingly disillusioned with them. Not because of their violence, unbelievable stunts or even the predominantly vapid dialogue, but because the female characters were consistently relegated and devalued as inconsequential love interests, sex objects, victims or as...

Hey, Hollywood: Pay Attention to Female War Heroes

By on Apr 3, 2014 in Gender in the Media | 1 comment

This post was also published on Feministing.com on April 5, 2015. It also was highlighted on Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks. Cara Hoffman has a wonderful op-ed in the New York Times this week about America’s female soldiers...

Support the Women’s eNews Arabic Site

By on Mar 17, 2014 in Gender in the Media | 0 comments

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Women’s eNews. It’s a fabulous news organization that focuses on issues of “particular importance to women.” The site is a much needed alternative to the slew of media that far too often ignores, marginalizes and discounts stories about our gender. What’s particularly great about Women’s eNews is that is also has an Arabic site. The Arabic version doesn’t just rehash English articles but offers unique content as well. In January, Rita Henley Jensen, the founder and editor-in-chief of Women’s eNews, visited me in Doha, Qatar. She was touring the Middle East to brainstorm ways to raise funds and expand the Arabic site. Unfortunately, I recently received an email from Rita explaining that the Arabic site is going on hiatus because she wasn’t able to raise enough money yet to support it. I...

Hey, NY Times: Ukrainian Women are Heroes Too!

By on Mar 11, 2014 in Femellaneous, Gender in the Media | 0 comments

About two weeks ago, the New York Times published an article about Ukrainians’ thoughts on the newly installed revolutionary government. It was an interesting read, but there was one sentence that angered me for its sexist implications. I wrote a letter to the editor about it. Alas, it wasn’t published. But you can read what I wrote below. Do you agree or disagree with me? In Andrew Higgins’ article, Fears of a New Order Filled with Old Faces, published on Feb. 25 in the International New York Times, he writes: “The revered heroes of Ukraine’s revolution are squads of helmeted young men with clubs who risked their lives to hold back government forces as they tried early last week to seize Independence Square, known as Maidan.” Are young men the only heroes of this revolution? Has Higgins already forgotten about the many young Ukrainian women who risked...

Jupiter Ascending…Or Not: Another Male Character Saves the Day

By on Dec 10, 2013 in Gender in the Media | 8 comments

So I’ve been watching movie trailers all morning (because that’s how I procrastinate), and I came across one for Jupiter Ascending, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures. It’s a sci-fi action-adventure film starring Mila Kunis as the eponymous protagonist. Here’s the synopsis for it on the Apple Movie Trailers page: Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the...

Red John’s Demise: Why is The Mentalist Afraid to Use the M Word?

By on Nov 26, 2013 in Gender in the Media | 5 comments

Warning: Spoilers Below Patrick Jane finally caught and killed Red John on Sunday. Spoiler alert, turns out it was the sheriff all long! Honestly, I had mixed feeling watching the episode. I love the premise of The Mentalist but lately I found the plot developments too predictable and even excruciatingly cheesy. This last one was aggravating in various ways. In some ways the big reveal was too quick and all the stumbling blocks Jane had to surmount just to finally do the deed too contrived. Of course, some woman in black is going to walk into the chapel right before Patrick is ready to deliver the final gun shot. And of course, that woman is going to be Red John’s accomplice, even though Patrick, for all his alleged brilliance, won’t realize it until she’s trying stab him with a knife. Give me a break! But what really pissed me off about the episode is that Patrick...