Feminist Media Feature: That Awkward Moment

March 31, 2014

After watching Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron’s latest flick That Awkward Moment, my movie-going companion and I decided to expand the definition of the nuanced film term “dick flick”. Previously understood to be the opposite of a “chick flick” (which is a movie that typically deals with romance as a plot device and is meant to appeal to female audiences). That Awkward Moment has the same formula as a typical 20 or 30-something dating life movie: a small group of friends simultaneously finding themselves and what they really want in a partner through their individual plot lines, all while living in an amazing city with cool jobs and great apartments. Except That Awkward Moment’s protagonists are all dudes!

If there were a reverse Bechdel Test this movie would fail, because these three friends, (played by Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller) only talk about girls. It starts with Efron’s and Teller’s characters exemplifying the trope of the virile metropolitan man who is only trying to have as much sex as possible without being tied down by commitment, which (big surprise) gets thrown out of whack when they each find girls that they want to commit to.

Read the full article on the Because I Am A Woman blog.

Feminist Media Feature: The Heat

January 21, 2014

Okay, so first off I really enjoyed The Heat. Starring Sandra Bullock as a high-strung FBI agent with too much to prove and Melissa McCarthy as a tough cop with absolutely no fucks to give, it was like the female Lethal Weapon. One wild card cop gets forced to partner with a more straitlaced one, neither of whom actually want to work with a partner. Slapstick violence, quick banter and general hilarity ensue. Add Bullock’s character development (she learns to be less of an uptight show-off) and McCarthy’s character’s interesting backstory (dedication to her rough neighborhood and the family that ostracizes her for joining the fuzz), and you end up with an engaging plot, good dialogue and a million vagina references.

Read the full article on the Because I Am A Woman blog.

Feminist Media Feature: ABC’s The Fosters

August 15, 2013

There are a number of reasons why I love ABC’s new series The Fosters. Airing Monday night’s at 9PM Central on ABC Family, The Fosters is a Drama series that premiered in June of this year, whose heartwarming but somehow still gut-wrenching summer finale aired this past Monday. The show revolves around an interracial lesbian couple Steph Foster and Lena Adams, who are raising Steph’s bioligical son from a previous marriage and two adopted children (previously living with them as part of the foster care program). In the Pilot episode the family takes on two more foster kids.

Read the full article on the Because I Am A Woman blog.