Crazy in Love: The Typecasting of Women in Rom-Coms

Sandra Bullock in THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

Sandra Bullock in THE PROPOSAL (Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures)

The thing is about romantic comedy movies is you can generally tell exactly where it’s going to end up and we’re okay with that because we’re really interested in the action between boy-meets-girl and boy-and-girl-get-together.  However, you can also be pretty certain how the female lead is going to act: ridiculous, overbearing, and hilariously inappropriate.  The way I look at it, the rom-com lady is, in nearly every single case, a flawed, and unruly individual who typically falls into one of three different types (with some overlap in certain cases): the snowlady, the restraining order, and the desperate.  There are, of course, more types that rom-com women can fulfill, but in my experience these are the overarching roles that these ladies play in this genre and what the character’s behavior is constructed around. Continue reading

Author Rachel Shukert’s article about feminism in young adult lit hits a nerve with YA writer Maureen Johnson

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert (Image Credit: Rachel Shukert) / Tweet (Image Credit: Maureen Johnson's Twitter) / Rachel Shukert (Image Credit: www.rachelshukert.com)

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert (Image Credit: Rachel Shukert) / Tweet (Image Credit: Maureen Johnson’s Twitter) / Rachel Shukert (Image Credit: http://www.rachelshukert.com)

As an avid adult reader of young adult fiction and someone who spent 4 years of college learning to meticulously analyze any piece of media for hegemonic undertones of any kind, I’m always interested to read articles like author Rachel Shukert’s piece on feminism in young adult literature on Jezebel. Continue reading

Anita Sarkeesian: Opening eyes to gender tropes & stereotypes one pop culture reference at a time

Anita Sarkeesian: Opening eyes to gender tropes & stereotypes one pop culture reference at a time

Anita Sarkeesian (Image Credit: http://www.feministfrequency.com/)

Back in October, I heard feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian talk about what constitutes a strong female character, and it changed my life, literally, and forever changed the way I watch TV.

Sarkeesian created a web series called Feminist Frequency in which she looks at stereotypes and tropes that are often associated with women in pop culture. Usually, she talks about why these ways of simplifying women can be harmful to society as a whole. She also gives lectures at universities across the United States, which is how I met her. Continue reading