Female pop-culture icons, women in the media and the depiction of women in the entertainment and pop culture sphere.
Chris Rock and Will Smith: Violence Was Only One Problem
It's fascinating how one short moment in time can mean so many different things. Here's one take away from the "incident" at the Academy Awards this year.
The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022
What is the Women’s Prize for Fiction? Starting in 1996, the Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award honoring female fiction authors. This award was previously called the “Orange Prize for Fiction,” the “Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction,” the “Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction,” and finally became the “Women’s Prize for Fiction” in 2018.
Reading Romance Is Self-Care
I'm at a point in my life now where I want to believe in happiness again. There were a long few years where all that seemed to show upon my horizon was bleak, enduring toil and that eroded my mental health like waves upon the beach shore. But I'm older now, and though in a material sense things still seem stretched thin, my mind is starting to fight back for pieces of happiness. In fact, I'll selfishly and boldly proclaim that I want more than just pieces- I want the whole cake dish of happiness and I'm tired of settling for less. One of the ways I'm doing this is by renewing my relationship with reading again. And the number one genre that's helping me get back into that excited, voracious headspace for new literature?
Taylor Swift's 'All Too Well' Is an Excellent Critique of Men Dating Younger Girls
A couple of months ago, Taylor Swift's 'All Too Well' was re-released in a 10-minute version. It included extra lyrics and an accompanying 14-minute short film, telling the story of an age-gap heterosexual relationship.
Rapunzel from “Tangled” is the Best Disney Princess
Almost every Disney fanatic can come to an agreeance that Tangled is without a doubt the best. Many say it’s because of the message Rapunzel sent when she chased her dreams no matter the obstacles that came in her way or the fact she turned Flynn Rider from a heartless thief to a sweet man.
Internalized Misogyny Made Us Hate the Color Pink
Let’s play a little game, shall we? I want you to think of the first color that comes to your mind first when I say the word “girl.” Have your color yet? I bet you do and I can guarantee that the color is pink, and I don’t blame you, I would have said the same thing.
Young Adult Fiction Can Perpetuate Unhealthy Beliefs
When I was in the seventh grade, the hit television series Pretty Little Liars starring Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell finally made its grand debut on Netflix. The older girls at my school had been raving about the books by Sara Shepard for years, so we were excited to see what all the hype was about.
Did Women Really Get Sent to a Red Tent To Bleed?
Some of my friends are starting to write for Substack. Substack is similar to Vocal I believe except that when you subscribe to someone their written pieces are sent to your email. This made me feel stressed because the last thing I need is more emails.
Dystopian Infertility, Eugenics, and falling birthrates.
'As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. Very odd, what happens in a world without children's voices' - Miriam, Children of Men
Top 5 Most Influential Women in the World
As the year draws to a close, it is time to look back at some of the high-profile women who have influenced our world. With a driving force as strong as the fashion industry itself, it is only a matter of time we realize the possibilities through the power of design and inspiration.
8 Movies With Empowering Female Leads
Movies are not only a good form of entertainment but they can also be a powerful way to explore more serious societal issues. Whether in a biographical or fictional way, many important movies discuss women’s achievements and the struggles that feminism has faced throughout the years.
Fangirl Culture Made Me The Badass Woman I Am Today
Originally published on Odyssey Online The first iteration of my Facebook page when I was fourteen included an expansive list of the fandoms I belonged to: Whovian, Potterhead. Directioner. Sheerio. The list went on and on. I listed my fandoms as my good qualities on a resume.