Obligatory Sex/Nudity scenes

This isn’t strictly a woman’s issue, but it definitely affects female actors more than male. It’s the dogmatically held belief in Hollywood that you have to put a sex/nudity scene in any movie not specifically intended for kids under 13. It can be between minor characters, even throwaways – doesn’t matter, so long as the […]

Woman Beats Crap out of Would-Be Attacker

You thought it was a real headline, didn’t you? You thought for the first time in U.S. history, there was a story in the news about a woman beating her attacker senseless, instead of the other way around. Sucker! It’s been how many years of print journalism, and how many years of TV news, and […]

Xena: Revolutions From No-Man’s Land

When Xena: Warrior Princess debuted in 1995, a spin-off from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, I doubt anyone in the industry expected a five-year-run. More importantly, I doubt they expected it to influence TV as much as it did. Both shows tapped into something audiences didn’t know they wanted to see until they saw it: irreverent, […]

I Blame Disney

Disney was the very first company I ever boycotted. I think I was 10 when the idea came to me. Realizing Disney had never once in all those years produced a story that featured a female hero (heroine, whatever), I decided to avoid spending money on anything from which they might draw a profit. They […]

A new male perspective?

A friend tipped me off to this article. Cherry Potter of The Guardian, website companion to the British newspaper, reports that the Oscar results this year indicate “a new phase in gender relations”. It’s not that women are more evenly represented among nominees – they’re not. The overwhelming majority of writers, directors and producers – […]