Category: Essays

Two Sets of Rules

When men participate, it’s an event. When women participate, it’s a show. In video games, male characters wear full suits of armor; female characters wear metal bikinis. In comic books and superhero movies, men wear tactical suits and are featured in fight scenes; women wear outfits designed to show off their breasts and are featured

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Sisters, Doing it for Themselves

Everybody loves an underdog story, and everybody loves a sports story. “A League of Their Own” (1992) is a combination of both genres. The underdog is this case is the average American woman left behind as the ravages of World War II has stripped the country of its fit and healthy young men. While American

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Sister-Sister

Siblings can be the most enduring relationships you have in your life. They know you before significant others come along. They know life with your parents and life after your parents die. They know you before major successes and failures. It is for these reasons that the relationship between siblings is emotional and complex. I

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“A League of Their Own”: The Hero is the Sidekick

In patriarchal societies, sisterhood is treated as an unannounced competition: One will always be prettier, more successful, wealthier, marry the better guy, and have the more picture-perfect family. And sisters pose an infinite source of entertainment for judgmental aunts and uncles—even parents! In “A League of Their Own” (1992), the late Penny Marshall uses baseball,

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2019 Girl Power Film + Media Summit

The work I saw was crafted with time and effort and filled more than just quotas. They were filling us with inspiration for a future in which female-identifying filmmakers are seen as equally important to our male counterparts in the film industry. And that is the power in attending the 2019 Girl Power Film +

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Cinema Femme Women’s History Month/Sexual Assault Awareness Month Issue — Editor’s Letter

“If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life.” —Penny Marshall (October 15, 1943–December 17, 2018) When there is a passion inside you, you can’t deny it. When there is a dream and a passion inside you that you achingly want to exist, you will do everything

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A Poem for the Mother

Illustration by Tavi Veraldi A Poem for the Mother Who lost her son… In a car crash In a dog fight Amid the dust mines of recessed memories A poem for the agony For the fear For the future Remembering to call her before you go to sleep When the gunshots start pouring When the enemies roll

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I Can’t Understand

By Amy Renee Wasney There are plenty of things in the world I don’t understand. I was never all that interested in physics, or calculus, or automobiles.  There are various topics that I just am not that interested in, or I never took any classes in, or I had a bad teacher or a bad

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The Burden of Heartbreak

By Atavia Reed When the lights in “Strong Island” (2017) begin to dim and the credits start to roll, the viewer is left with an echo of a scream ringing intensely in their ears. Director and filmmaker Yance Ford has just spoken with the District Attorney in charge of his brother’s case and learns a

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Strong Island: Documentary Filmmaking as a Coming-of-Age Tale

By Jaylan Salah It’s always the women, the queer, and the blacks. They are the ones who tell stories. They are the ones who dig deep into their families’ histories. They are the ones who try to uncover the truth and make amends with the past so they can live a different future. It’s always

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