I’m Writing for Femusings.org!

By on Sep 20, 2013 in Femellaneous | 0 comments

I’ve got some exciting news to share! Starting in October I’ll be contributing twice a month to the UK-based feminist eZine, Femusings.org.  Two of my FemItUp! posts have already been featured there, Hollywood’s Women Problem in Action Films and the Daily Fail: How Britain’s Daily Mail Fails Women. So be on the lookout for my future pieces. In the meantime, check out their fabulous site: http://femusings.org/.    

Hollywood’s Woman Problem in Action Films

By on Jun 24, 2013 in Gender in the Media | 2 comments

UPDATE: This post also appeared on Femusings.org on Sept. 23, 2013. In my previous post, I explained how serial killer shows provide catharsis for viewers. They are a safe way for fans to release their pent-up aggression. The same goes for Hollywood action films. Everyone wants to feel like a badass once in a while, and for most people the only way they can is by zoning out in front of a big screen and losing themselves in a spy or gangster shoot ‘em up film. But here’s a little known fact: it’s not just men watching these flicks. Women love action films, too. It’s a lie that we would rather watch rom-coms instead. At least, I know I certainly did when I was growing up. I devoured films like the Batman franchise, Indiana Jones and Star Wars up until college when my interest began to wane. Guess why. Because it was then when I finally realized these films weren’t being made for me...

The Daily Fail: How Britain’s Daily Mail Fails Women

By on Jun 24, 2013 in Gender in the Media | 3 comments

UPDATE: This post also appeared on Femusings.org on Sept. 10, 2013. The Daily Mail is the world’s most visited news site. Its popularity surpasses even that of the NY Times, which is frightening if you stop and think about it. Millions of readers apparently consider this anti-immigrant, sensationalist, lowest-common denominator tabloid a reliable source. But even if you can ignore the site’s frequent racism and Islamophobia, its blatant sexism will smack you in the face. Or not. You see, that’s the problem with the Daily Mail. Sometimes its sexism is repugnantly obvious and sometimes it’s just subtle enough to slip under the radar.  But the Daily Mail’s misogyny always ends up infecting the subconscious thoughts of readers, and those sexist biases end up lurking in people’s minds for years to come. It’s like reading a schizophrenic newspaper....

Jackie the Ripper: Where Are All the Female Serial Killers on TV?

By on Jun 22, 2013 in Gender in the Media | 2 comments

UPDATE: This post appeared on Feministe on July 10, 2013.  After you’re finished, read my follow up: The Link Between Media Violence and Real-Life Aggression. Dexter is entering its final season and that means soon we’ll have to say goodbye to TV’s favorite serial killer. The show is such a hit because its plot is unique. Instead of recycling the standard detective-chases-bad guy trope, the show’s writers gave us the righteous anti-hero Dexter, a serial killer who only kills other serial killers and evildoers who deserve to die. But if you’re wondering where you’ll get your weekly dose of gore when Dex finally goes off the air, never fear. You’ll still have your share of psychopaths to watch thanks to Fox’s The Following, NBC’s Hannibal, BBC’s The Fall and CBS’ The Mentalist. True, these follow the more traditional approach,...