We look at media a little bit differently around here. The Hathor Legacy searches for good female characters in TV, books, movies, comics and other media. Check out the Getting Started guide to get a feel for what we’re all about.
What We Are and Aren’t
Hathor isn’t a review site. Nor is it a fan site. It was started in 2005 by Jennifer Kesler to demonstrate that there are people who don’t like how women and gender roles are presented in movies and TV because she was sick of hearing from film execs that the audience only wants white men in lead roles. Other regular authors and guest posters have joined over the past few years, with various motivations and a shared frustration at the portrayal of women and gender in the media.
Where You Fit In
You can let us know what you think in comments. You can submit articles. We don’t always agree with each other, and you’re welcome to disagree or offer a different take. You may find we use phrases, abbreviations and concepts you haven’t come across before. Check the FAQ for explanations, and feel free to ask more questions in the comments.
Who We Are
We’re a mixed group of women and men in various walks of life. Among us are former film students, writers, academics, martial-arts instructors, volunteer counselors, journalists; Americans, Canadians, Australians, Brits; people of various racial or ethnic identities, queer-identified people, people of differing ages and education levels. We believe gender shouldn’t be an issue in determining opportunities and rights, and law alone cannot correct several thousand years of imbalance. Cultures need to change, and cultures are informed by their media. The one thing we all have in common is the belief that media can help people change their thinking. Our media is the internet.
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Does Hathor make money?
Yes – enough to pay overhead, but nowhere near enough to pay any of our staff. We do this by running ads in the sidebars and across the top of the site. We also include affiliate code in our Amazon links. We absolutely do not sell reviews on this site. Publishers do give us free books sometimes, which we review honestly and then give away. No one has ever offered to pay us to review something, let alone to review it in a specific way (most likely positive). I think the very small number of glowing reviews on this site testifies to this itself. If you have any questions or concerns about our integrity, please use the contact form to ask them.
The Site Mission
Our goal here is to create a record of dissenting voices. The film/tv industry insists they’re just giving the audience what it wants, and unfortunately, that means white male leads and lots of gender stereotypes. They claim to have incredible amounts of ratings, survey and market research data to prove this is what the audience wants.
But after decades of crappy female characters, what else could the data show? If you give a passionate orange lover the choice between a spoiled orange or an apple, she’s going to choose the apple . Only a fool – or someone with an agenda – would conclude she actually prefers apples to oranges.
So this site exists to provide some alternate views of the film industry. Ultimately, this site exists to give people who share these alternate views (they are many and varied) a place to discuss their ideas without being told to shut up, change the channel or go away.
Spread the word. The more people express their alternate views on this site, the more anecdotal evidence we build – and anecdotal evidence is where hard statistical evidence begins.