The Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode 5.2: Feminism at the Movies

  • Author’s Note: Marie’s microphone was being a bit spotty. We’re sorry!
  • Introductions

KNOWING

  • A review of the Bechdel Test
  • :http://www.dw.de/sex-violenceand-gender-bias-swedish-cinemas-test-the-bechdel/a-17299348 
  • http://www.slashfilm.com/infographic-movies-that-passed-the-bechdel-test-made-more-money-in-2013/
  • It’s about representation.
  • Objections to the test
  • More representation gives space for more types of women!

READING

Alien

  • “She is the protagonist.”
  • Unisex characters addressed by surnames allow us to focus on character rather than gender.
  • More on the trope of the Final Girl
  • Ripley, clothing, and the male gaze
  • http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2013/08/i-hate-strong-female-characters
  • How much should we gender genre?
  • Alien makes Bechdel test history.
  • See Prometheus for a more discussion of some of these issues, as well as where theology fits in.

Legally Blonde

  • Elle as third-wave heroine
  • Third-wave feminism and traditional femininity: more about representation and variety
  • Female strength and having something to prove: Where does Elle fit in?
  • Treatment of the second wave and the Enid problem
  • Lutz and Smith as repeat-offenders where watered-down pop culture feminism is concerned [A/N: The feminist stereotype in House Bunny is Mona, played by a pre-Broke Girls Kat Dennings]
  • The connotations of naming and feminist politics

Frozen

PASSING ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

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