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    Guest Post: Retro-sexism: What’s the Allure? by Emilie Spiegel and Sarah Bloodsworth

    This fall’s crop of new TV series includes The Playboy Club and Pan Am, two shows set in 1960s, both centering on young women doing “glamorous” jobs and allegedly redefining what it meant to be a woman in mid-century America. Both shows infer that being a Playboy Bunny or Pan Am stewardess (respectively) could be a progressive opportunity for a young women—a chance to break out of the molds set by their mothers and to live out their own dreams in a freer society. In either case, the jobs themselves aren’t terribly liberating... in fact, all exclamations about “new breeds of woman,” and “choice” aside, the gigs are largely based on retro (eve...

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    Guest Post: From Hollywood to Bon Temps, and Nary a Feminist In Sight…by Emilie Spiegel

    Sunday night’s HBO lineup included both the series finale of Entourage and the season 4 finale of True Blood—two vastly different shows, herein considered together not only because they play back-to-back on the same network, but because, somehow, women have come to serve the same purpose on both (even though one is set in affluent, glamorous Hollywood and the other in working class, quotidian Bon Temps, Louisiana). Magical agents and magical witches aside, somehow, these two shows have created a narrative economy wherein women serve as motivating agents for men… ciphers largely devoid of their own desires and goals, or as a friend put it “Soo...

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    Sexism Watch: New NASCAR Show Title

    There are not many days when I open an email and read the title of a potential TV show and do a double take. That happened to me yesterday when I opened my daily email from the folks at Vulture to read this headline: "Starz May Order a Female-Led NASCAR Pilot Called Tits in the Pits."

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    Marion Cotillard Takes on Sexism

    Sometimes the easiest way to make people aware of sexism is to make fun of it. This video cracked me up.

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    Sexism Watch: Sigourney Weaver Can't Be An Action Star But Harrison Ford Can

    Sigourney Weaver is the mother of the female action hero. Her Ellen Ripley gave us a woman who was not afraid to be a woman and to kick some serious ass. As the second film (and best in my humble opinion) Aliens, celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, Weaver has been making the rounds of the p...

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    The Press for Transformers 3 Starts With Bashing Megan Fox

    I'm sorry, but how did Megan Fox's departure from Transformers 3 become a big press hook for the movie? Is the movie so bad that they need to distract from the actual movie to events that happened two years ago?

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    What's Wrong With This Picture?

    This is the panel entitled "New Faces of Indie Film" that the Film Society at Lincoln Center hosted this past Saturday to celebrate the opening of their new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

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    Cross-Post: Super 8 & Spielberg’s Chick Issue by Thelma Adams

    If Super 8 is truly a mash note to Steven Spielberg, as my husband says, then it also echoes some thing I detest about SS. He’s horrible on the women issue. His immediate reaction to the opposite sex is awe and fear: put her up on a pedestal and drag her down.

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    Sexist Jackass of the Day: Writer VS Naipaul

    Here's what this jackass said at the Hay Festival in Britain:

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    Sexism Watch: Hollywood Reporter Showrunner Roundtable

    Last week I posted a trailer from a new documentary about showrunners where I called attention to the fact that they did not include a single woman in the trailer. The site received a comment from a person affiliated with the film who said they needed to make a deadline and the footage of the coupl...

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