In life, we play certain roles without even being aware of it, as they have become such an integral part of our Self. Some of these roles we have assigned to ourselves by ourselves but some have been adopted by us or even imposed on us. We, as individuals, have a free will to choose a certain role or not. Even the imposed or forced one.
Warning: This piece talks about the sexual exploitation of real children as well as spoilers for the movie "Cuties".
When Netflix announced that the French film “Cuties” (Mignonnes) would be released on their platform September 9th, people were immediately outraged. The poster featured four young girls clad in tight crop tops and booty shorts in very easily sexualised positions. The description initially read:
This article contains spoilers for I May Destroy You as well as talk of rape and sexual assault.
Every day, millions of people interact with each other across timelines and feeds, organised by algorithms that analyse your every move to calculate the perfect online sphere for you. In many ways, this sounds wonderful, and in many ways, it is.
We've all heard of various tropes and cliches often found within fiction, such as the 'impossibly perfect' Mary Sue and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. We see the same stereotypes again and again both on the page, and on our screens; the tough girl with the heart of gold, the ice queen, the brainiac whose sole purpose to the storyline is to supply vital, plot-driving knowledge (that last one can be found in both genders). Enough.
In this day and age there are so many teenage themed films one can choose from whether on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or in general. Each film aims to capture the teenage audience, its essence, everyday life and struggle. But not every film is successful at doing so.
Keep fighting in your battles. Nobody deserves to be silenced.
Bombshell is a 2019 film depicting the Fox Network News Scandal. A group of women battle against the head Fox News who has created a toxic environment based on sexual allegations.
Much like Kathryn Stockett’s original novel, Tate Taylor’s film adaptation of The Help has been subjected to polarizing reception since its release, with many viewers deeming it a cursory perpetuator of calcified stereotypes. (Jones 9) Despite its fairly melodramatic performances and streamlined presentation, however, the film is a thematically nuanced marvel with regards to a microcosmic intersectionality between women’s rights issues, racial segregation, and social class disparities during the Civil Rights Era that parallel with multilayered challenges working-class women of colour face in a postmodern world.
My own experience with vaginismus inspired me to write Debbie Does Dilators. — Savannah Magruder, Writer/Director, award-winning filmmaker
After reading the script to Erin Brockovich and watching the movie with Julia Roberts again, I felt closer to Erin Brockovich than ever before. Maybe because I’m older now? Maybe now I understand her struggle more, even though I don’t have any kids. At least not that I know of…
Have you ever watched a movie that you hoped was fictional because the events were so horrible and unbelievable? Netflix is airing Unbelievable with an unbelievable plot based on a true story. The events viewers see in the film actually happened. The Netflix film is a miniseries with only eight episodes based on an article by The Marshall Project and ProPublica, An Unbelievable Story of Rape, as well as an episode of NPR's This American Life. Most viewers watch all the episodes at once because they are eager to find out how the series ends.
My mother visits me at college, as she does on occasion, when I call to announce to her that I am once again rebuilding my life from scratch. In years prior, these phone calls have been a scream up from the wreckage some ill-fated love affair or another had left me eyeball-deep in. This time, it is not so. This time, love has left me with a treasure map, and I am simply asking her to teach me to read it, to help me find my way home.
The year is 2002. I've just started the eighth grade and am shy and awkward and wear my hair parted down the middle. I love my bright blue track pants and wear a retainer that I proudly display every time I smile.