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Cinema and Television, Cultural Comment, June 2009 »

[27 May 2009 | No Comment | 19,201 Views]
Light Years Backward: Women in Star Trek

I am a Trekkie and a woman and I am profoundly angry with Star Trek (2009).  I admit, that I did not go into this movie with high expectations. From the beginning of the hype, when this Star Trek prequel was announced as being in pre-production, there were foreboding pangs of dread.  Star Trek has always been about moving forward, that the future of humanity can and will be a more positive and beautiful reality than we know today. This promised future will not come from magic or from …

Cinema and Television, March 2009 »

Catherine: Portrait of a Modern Woman in Jules et Jim
[18 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 3,922 Views]
Catherine: Portrait of a Modern Woman in Jules et Jim

Some critics of Francois Truffaut’s 1962 film, Jules et Jim have argued that the film’s central character, Catherine (brought to life by the incomparable Jeanne Moreau), is an impulsive and unpredictable force of nature. You cannot anticipate what she will do, and perhaps that’s why she is so enchanting to her male friends. Though there is something to this idea, I think there are too many patterns in her behaviour to it off as completely random. To the audience, she is not enchanting because she is impulsive, but rather because …

Oct/Nov 2008, World Affairs »

[30 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | 3,942 Views]
A Conspicuous Lack of Consumption

Is that a Magnum in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?
Every year around May, Walls ice cream endeavour to persuade the British public that, despite black skies and torrential rain, it is actually summer and therefore time to consume large quantities of frozen dessert.
This year, the face of their Magnum campaign is the immaculately coiffed Eva Longoria Parker (5’2”/ 24” W/ 32”B).  She smoulders against a warm chocolate background, limbs artfully arranged at an impossibly uncomfortable angle, wearing a black silk dress carefully selected to walk …

Cultural Comment, Oct/Nov 2008, World Affairs »

[30 Oct 2008 | 6 Comments | 9,058 Views]
Female Sexuality: In Need of Another Revolution

How does a modern, 21st century woman deal with sexuality? More importantly, how does society as a whole deal with female sexuality? Looking back in history, it’s one of the most complex, confusing and, at times, frustrating issues our gender has had to deal with. Throughout history, the female form has been associated with fertility (the “mother” figure) and love (Venus/Aphrodite) yet human traits like chastity and modesty have traditionally been attributed to women. Female sexuality has been worshipped in an abstract form, but shied away from in reality. Good …