In discussing female representation in movies, the Bechdel Test remains the standard by which we measure things. It’s such a low bar — having two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man … Continue reading The Mako Mori Test The big deal about Mako Mori is that she isn’t there as an adjunct to any male characters. Her storyline is her own. It’s pretty badass.
So, let’s talk about bisexuality – in a real way, without some glib quotation by a gross-ass filmmaker that was tired by the time I came out back in ’02. Firstly, waaay back in 1948, Dr. Alfred Kinsey (Irish interest … Continue reading Bi-bi Baby – Let’s Talk About Bisexuality So, let’s talk about bisexuality – in a real way, without some glib quotation by a gross-ass filmmaker that was tired by the time I came out back in ’02.
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” ― G.K. Chesterton The New Yorker published a short story ‘Cat Person’ this week. Spoilers: it’s … Continue reading Thoughts on ‘Cat Person’ (no, not the Bowie song) Maia Mathieu shares her views on the short story published by The New Yorker that went viral this week.
●●●●○ Alien She‘s debut studio album Feeler launched Friday, 24 November, to the double-fanfare of opening for Pussy Riot the night before the launch party. I was at the Pussy Riot gig where the local Dublin punk band were the … Continue reading Alien She’s “Feeler” Growlingly political and atmospherically moody, a local trio to check out.
“Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do … Continue reading The Male Gaze “You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur.”
●●●○○ I’ll say right off the bat, I’m agnostic about the Marvel/Netflix television universe. Jessica Jones was smart, tough to watch at times, and very good. I quit Daredevil roughly halfway through season one because the writing was terrible. The … Continue reading COUNTERPOINT: What I Need is a Good Defense: “The Defenders” Jessica and Luke, the most relatable of the superhero quartet, lampshade the absurdity of mystic ninjas trying to take over the world.
The concept of The Great American (or Irish, or Canadian, or…) Novel is misleading. For a book to mean anything to one person or demographic, it must inevitably leave another cold. This is why you’re a thousand times more likely … Continue reading After All This Time… A generation, nineteen years later.
“Sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now… Why? Because she’s dead.” Taylor Swift is savvy. After her social media was mysteriously wiped clean over a week ago, snippets of a writhing snake appeared – a signal … Continue reading Taylor Swift doesn’t give a damn about her bad reputation A far cry from “Shake It Off”, “Look What You Made Me Do” has a hook about not liking you, getting harder, and many references to karma.
“The message is clear. Boys are the norm, girls the variation; boys are central, girls peripheral; boys are individuals, girls types. Boys define the group, its story and its code of values. Girls exist only in relation to boys.” – … Continue reading The Smurfette Principle Wonder Woman. Ripley. Marla Singer. April O’Neal. Cheetara. Princess Leia. Gamora. Hermione Granger.
It sounds like something out of a crime drama: a pop star is groped at a meet ‘n greet, and then the groper turns around to sue his victim for defamation of character. But this isn’t the latest Law & … Continue reading Swift Justice There was Bad Blood in the courtroom when Taylor Swift countersued the DJ who groped her back in 2015. Her legal victory contributes to the important conversation about rape culture and bodily autonomy: Maia Mathieu explains why we can’t just Shake It Off.
Defying the stereotype that “women’s movie ideas aren’t commercial enough for Hollywood,” Wonder Woman, with a female lead (Gal Gadot) and a female director (Patti Jenkins), may be this summer’s great hit movie, grossing nearly $800 million worldwide as of August … Continue reading The Bechdel(-Wallace) Test “Pretty strict, but a good idea.”
●●●○○ The story that Netflix‘s new indie rom-com follows is a familiar one. You have your twenty-something woman in a creative field, living in a gorgeous apartment in the big city that you know she could never afford in real … Continue reading ‘The Incredible Jessica James’ is one dope film Maia Mathieu reviews the freshest indie rom-com on Netflix.