I am Jack’s Vagina: Marla Singer of Fight Club

I wrote a while back that the film Fight Club said quite a lot about gender, despite having only one female character. Today I’m going to write about that female character: Marla Singer. First, I need to note that in researching some critical takes on this movie, I discovered to my shock that it’s regarded […]

Women as Buddies – rarer on film than it is in real life

Another issue that arose in the comments on Do Audience Want Female Leads? was: why are there so few roles in which women are “buddies”? Ankh said: I’m a big fan of buddy movies… I thoroughly enjoyed A Knight’s Tale mainly because of the friendships and I was pleased as punch to see a woman […]

(un)Femininity in G.I. Jane

I wrote a version of this short essay for an English class last semester. I’ve revised it slightly and added a bit of material before posting it here. In a film that represents the clash between the masculine and the feminine as overtly as Ridley Scott’s G.I. Jane (1997), it is, of course, useful to […]