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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Gold Leash: The Gap Between Role Model Feminism and the American Gangster Wife

    Make no mistake—when we talk about Beyonce being Queen Bey, we are not just referring to her creative talents; we are talking about her entire real-life identity. As opposed to Janelle Monae, who actively constructs a creative universe, in her immersive concept albums, Beyonce’s creative work is abo...

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Swaddled in Bravado: Our Heroes and Us

    Cultural critics often lament the lack of strong female characters, but rarely turn their gaze to ask whether male heroes are actually as empowered as we think they are. For all their bravado and bluster, most classic male heroes are not allowed much emotional latitude.

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    A New Column by Arielle Bernstein: Without a Caveat: Can Girls Look Past GoldieBlox?

    Consumer culture has always been about the illusion of options. GoldieBlox, a toy that encourages girls to be engineers, both plays off of stereotypes about female needs and yearnings (the need for a story, the requirement of pink packaging) while also attempting to undercut current pink princess cu...

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    A NEW COLUMN BY ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: The Princess, The Queen and The Warrior

    This column will be centered on the question of female agency, which I see as being fundamentally tied to positive images of women in power, rather than princesses on the cusp of coming-of-age.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 5.2

    The final episode of "Breaking Bad" was a tender goodbye. The great Heisenberg went out with a sigh of contentment, rather than a roar of pride.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Female Sexual Agency in a World of Blurred LInes

    We live in a culture where female bodies are constantly on display. However, most images of female sexuality we see are passive and two-dimensional.

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    Cracking the Mold? Melissa McCarthy's Position in 21st Century Female Comedy

    The things we find funny are a combination of personal preference and social constructs. Melissa McCarthy’s success as a comedian and status as the “new face” of female comedy is likewise a combination of fierce talent and the media's willingness to give her support.

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    Beautiful and Claustrophobic: MAD MEN’s Inferno

    In many ways, "Mad Men"’s insistence on denying us the pleasure of resolution is the secret to its success and the reason so many of us are hooked on it, despite being frustrated that nothing ever really changes, time and time again. Repetition of experience is electric. It grounds us in the past an...

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    GIRLS on Film: Secrets, Seduction and Reclaiming the Body on Camera

    Hannah Horvath’s constant nudity in "Girls" has been a point of discussion since the start of the first season; one of the reasons Girls has been successful has to do with the way it tackles our own attitudes regarding female overexposure.

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    Chameleon Soul: On Lana Del Rey's RIDE Video and BREAKING BAD

    While femininity is perceived as a construct, an outfit that can be removed, replaced, strengthened or destroyed completely, masculinity is increasingly perceived as a fixed kind of attitude.

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