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Arielle Bernstein

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Feminist Camp: Reclaiming the Booty in a Digital Age

    There is something truly exciting about the way some female performers are reclaiming and celebrating the female body, about the way Nicki Minaj takes parts and pieces of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ode to women’s backsides in “Baby Got Back” and transforms the booty from an object to be admired to a symbol of ...

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Girl Found: GONE GIRL's Boring Masochism

    Feminist champions of "Gone Girl" claim that Amy’s ability to play with the cookie-cutter roles that women are cast in is somehow triumphant, but Amy’s self-inflicted wounds, coupled with her meticulously constructed calendar, struck me as boring, rather than subversive.

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: PARKS AND RECREATION, A Feminist Utopia

    One of the reasons "Parks and Recreation" has succeeded as a feminist T.V. show is not simply because the female characters have remained funny, ambitious, and interesting, but also because the show's male characters are strong, vulnerable, silly, and staunch advocates for the rights and successes o...

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Images and Illusions: On Aging, Beauty and Renée Zellweger’s “New” Face

    When Renée Zellweger attended Elle’s 21st Century Women in Hollywood event recently, tabloids immediately started reporting on Zellweger’s “new” face, which does look significantly different and probably is the result of natural aging—as well as a heck of a lot of plastic surgery.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Electric Sheep: How Female Power Is Limited By Consumer Culture

    We don’t want women to be objects, but we sure as hell want them to be symbols.

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Bloody Handprints: What Comes After Domestic Violence in Television and Life

    We have plenty of stories where male protagonists fight adversity and triumph over it, with dedication, with fists, with spiritual and intellectual epiphanies that nurture individual growth. For female survivors of domestic violence, we don’t tend to offer a similar opportunity for triumph.

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Ciphers, Masks and Longing: Old Hollywood Ethos and Lana Del Rey

    Lana Del Rey could care less about your girl power anthems and political charges. "Ultraviolence" is about the contradictions in the human experience—lust and sadness and existential need and desires that don’t have easy answers and won’t be fixed with better public policies.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: White Knights and Bad People

    It’s exhausting as a woman to constantly see the female body on the brink of violation. I’m tired of the voicelessness of those bodies, by the fact that we still need to spread awareness about how horrible sexual assault actually is.

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: The Gender Swap as a Feminist Revenge Fantasy

    Popular wisdom suggests that incredibly sexist ads and music videos and films and T.V. shows exist because sex sells. But the fantasy of sex is not actually what we are being sold at all in the vast majority of sexist-leaning media. What we are being sold is a fantasy of power.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Lars Von Trier: Cinema's Dancer in the Dark

    Some feminists criticize the way Lars von Trier depicts his heroines, his obsession with their suffering, but von Trier’s films never struck me as misogynistic, as some critics claim. His heroines are complex and authentic. They make choices with conviction, even when those choices end up being the ...

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