10 Things I Hate About Vala

The truth of the matter is, I don’t actually hate Vala. I wouldn’t say that I adore her, but I don’t think she’s evil and must be slain. She was certainly entertaining…at first. My problems with Vala stem more from a feasibility standpoint, though since she departed I have had time to think of all […]

A Lois I Can Get Behind

The character of Lois Lane in practically every movie or TV show has irritated the hell out of me. Teri Hatcher’s Lois from Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is the one exception. (Second season just came out on DVD) Searching around for a female character depicted in the media in a well-rounded, […]

You can leave your hat…and everything else on

I don’t purchase magazines like Cosmpolitan, Vogue and Vanity Fair. My younger sister used to when she was in high school and I thumbed through them on occasion. I found them to be quite unappealing, with little of actual value contained within the pages. 80% of them seemed to be ads with stick-thin women in […]

When Dove Cries

It’s not often that you see an advertisement for a beauty product line that dares you to defy the definition of conventional beauty. Companies like Loreal and Revlon are very happy to embrace such vapid campaign slogans as “Because you’re worth it!” or marketing techniques highlight the mystique of their stunning spokesmodels (Halle Berry). There’s […]

Women hard-asses are “bitches”… until you find the chewy soft center underneath.

I’m currently watching season one of La Femme Nikita with one of my friends. (My first time through.) Madeline’s been my favorite female character since the first episode. She’s cold, unwavering, calm, collected, and all sorts of other stuff. But one thing she’s not is soft. Then I watched episode 14, “Gambit”. UGH. The episode […]

War of the Worlds

This article was actually written by Chameleon. Spielberg’s reinterpretation of H.G. Wells’ classic short novel (originally published in book form in 1898) allows for a marginally greater part to be played in the storyline by female characters, although the main focus in both versions is their vulnerability. H.G. Wells in many respects adopted a more […]

The Witch and the Wimp?

Remember Bewitched? The show about Samantha the witch and her mortal husband Darrin? He didn’t like her using her powers, but she did, anyway, and ended up solving more problems than she created. And through it all, there seemed to be a lot of love. I’ve been thinking about that show, now that there’s a […]