The term ‘speculative fiction’ has sometimes been used in preference to plain old ‘science fiction’ by defenders of the genre who want it to be taken seriously – the usual term being too readily evocative, for non-adepts, of bug-eyed monsters and Leonard Nimoy’s ears.
Although it affects us differently, gender-based discrimination can have an impact on everybody’s life. With February being Violence Prevention Month it’s high time to reflect on gender representation—or lack thereof—in media.
February is one of my favourite months of the year. In the depths of the wintery weather, keeping up with V-Day events around the world warms my feminist heart. V-Day is Feb. 14, and the V-Day movement supports organizers worldwide in spearheading V-Day events in their own communities. Groups in St. John’s have hosted the Vagina Monologues for years now, a production which has garnered much support from communities around the world. A newer event, One Billion Rising, is a campaign that started on Feb. 14, 2012. It is “the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history,” drawing attention to the disturbing fact that one third of women will experience violence and sexual assault in their lifetime.
Don Draper’s gray suit and trademark fedora are headed to the Smithsonian. As part of an ambitious slate of cultural commemorations tied to the end of Mad Men, Vulture has learned that the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History will add Don’s familiar fashion statements — plus his much-used office bar cart — to its permanent collection. In a ceremony planned for March 27, series creator Matthew Weiner will also donate a copy of the script for season-one finale “The Wheel,” including a never-filmed alternate ending. The Smithsonian enshrinement is one of several exhibits, events, and screenings AMC and Mad Men producer Lionsgate have organized as part of an effort to both market the Mad Men farewell season (which kicks off April 5) and position the show for a long and prosperous pop-culture afterlife. “A television series unlike any other deserves a send-off unlike any other,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a press release announcing the network’s plans, which include big events at seven different New York museums and organizations and at least one major exhibit in Los Angeles. Here’s what’s planned so far:
This repost by Katherine Murray appears as part of our theme week on the Academy Awards. I’d really like to see more introspective films about the human experience where the humans experiencing things look like me.
Trigger Warning: Detailed discussion of rape apologism (and some explicit reference to Robin Thicke) The Myth Of Male Power by Warren Farrell (PhD, of course) is arguably the intellectual foundation of Men’s Rights Activism (MRA).
Written by Katherine Murray. Bisexual protagonists, scenes that pass the Bechdel Test, women making choices that drive the action of the story – I’m still the only person who watches The 100, but, boy, do I enjoy it when I do.
This repost by Alize Emme appears as part of our theme week on the Academy Awards. SPOILER ALERT. Kudos to the 20th Century Fox exec who decided to market Gone Girl (2014) as a great date movie. This is not a date movie.
This repost by Nijla Mu’min appears as part of our theme week on the Academy Awards. Historical dramas often stick to a tried-and-true formula: Important figures face struggles, then they triumph, becoming the great people we know today.
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