Quick Example: The Value of Humanisation

So during the Q&A part of Orphan Black’s Comic-Con panel, a girl called Taylor stood up and demonstrated in epic fashion why it really matters whether characters of marginalised identities are represented and humanised: Both transcript and video (Taylor’s bit starts at about 1 minute 50). I was going to try and say something to […]

Orphan Black and Sisterhood

To reiterate the summary in my previous post: Orphan Black is the story of a group of women – all played by Tatiana Maslany in truly astonishing feat of acting – who discover they’re the subjects of an experiment in human cloning. It’s the story of their search for their origins, their developing relationships with […]

Orphan Black and the Female Body

[Full dislosure - this has been edited a little since I first posted it - partly to clean up some turns of phrase, and also to correct my omission of the dance party] I imagine most people reading will already know what Orphan Black is… The story of a group of women – all played […]

Salt: About that Hand-Wringing (SPOILER WARNING)

Jennifer Kesler has written already about the new Angelina Jolie film, Salt, and the fear expressed by the filmmakers that having a male love interest rescued by a female lead is too castrating to his character. She quotes: In the end, Salt’s husband, played by German actor August Diehl (‘Inglourious Basterds’), was made tough enough […]

Jessica Simpson Lives

Small note from SBG: Nick wrote this post ages ago, when the topic was all over the tabloids. Due to technical errors (read: my slow-on-the-uptakedness), I didn’t get this until late last week. It’s still topical and worth discussing! I’ve been reading posts on Jessica Simpson’s alleged entry into the company of fat people. In […]