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'Miss Iceland' Is a Brilliant Novel of Sexism, Homophobia, and the Writing Life

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir's Miss Iceland Is at once a poetic, light-hearted narrative and a sharply edged social critique that is caustic and righteous in its portrayal of the enduring nature of sexism, misogyny and homophobia.

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The Rise and Fall of Female Silent Filmmakers

Filmmaking was only one element of a much wider feminist movement that was manifesting itself in various forms, from the flapper to the suffragette to the birth control advocate to the bohemian female writer and political activist.

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Open Court's The Handmaid's Tale and Philosophy Emphasizes Caution and Awareness

As far as The Handmaid's Tale and Philosophy­ is concerned, Trump et al are the exact bastards you're not supposed to let grind you down.

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Outsmarting the Auteur: Reassigning Power in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Marnie'

A contemporary viewing of Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 film, Marnie, makes it clear: we must understand the inner workings of the male gaze and subsequently annihilate it.

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When Sexually Frustrated Angry White Men (Mis)Read the Classics

Donna Zuckerberg's Not All Dead White Men is a powerful study of the ways the alt-right distorts the understanding of ancient Greek and Roman literature to serve hateful interests today.

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New Atheism's Gender Problems

Can critical humorists help combat the sexism inherent to both religious and secular organizations?

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'Young Jane Young' and the Monicas, the Hillarys, and Other Women Impacted by Sex Scandals

It's a testament to Zevin's understanding of multiple age groups that she's able to capture a variety of women at various life stages. Her portrayals feel honest and true.

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Ministry, L7, Sex, and Violence

We need to talk about Ministry's anti-war statement, because it encapsulates so much that's so wrong about testosterone-driven masculinist activism.

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Relisten Without Prejudice to Yoko Ono's 'Plastic Ono Band'

Americans in the '70s would not accommodate a female Japanese performer of experimental music that is designed to provoke. Have we grown since then?

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Don't Google It! How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Algorithms of Oppression addresses the growing concern about the consequences of commercial control over information and the harm it does to communities.

Books

'A Brief History of Feminism' Tells It and Shows It Like It Is

"There can be no one 'feminism'," writes Antje Schrupp.

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What Did Hollywood Do to Female Director, Elaine May?

Director Elaine May belongs to that list of otherwise male creative geniuses who naturally clash with the commercial system, including Erich Von Stroheim, Orson Welles, and Otto Preminger.

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'Molly’s Game': The Game Is Rigged, Lady

Aaron Sorkin's real-life twister about Molly Bloom, an Olympic skier turned high-stakes poker wrangler, is scorchingly fun but never takes its heroine as seriously as the men.

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The Toxic Masculinity of Stanley Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon'

Barry Lyndon suggests that all violence—wars, duels, boxing, and the like—is nothing more than subterfuge for masculine insecurities and romantic adolescent notions, which in many ways come down to one and the same thing.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

Games

Searching for the Other Castle: Women As Objectives

Curiously, no matter how fiercely critics react to poor treatment of women, the portrayal of female characters in AAA games seems actually to be getting worse. Women are almost entirely unrepresented, and when they are represented, they exist only as a player objective.

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One Dimension: Women's Bodies in 'Tekken'

Tekken is supposed to feature fighters from all over the world, representing unique styles indicative of their region of origin, appearance, and personality. But for featuring such a huge array of playable characters, there’s a very homogenous pattern of bodies, particularly in terms of the game's women.

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Electronic Empire Expo: The First World Problem of E3

There is a far larger system of class bias at work with games, namely the one that has to be engaged in just to facilitate the existence of this article.

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Starfleet Unitards for Women

Trekkie compilations and more cocoa in Starfleet to confront viewers with the show's embedded sexism.

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Musings on the Ethics of Contemporary Journalism

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