What do we mean when we define a female character as “strong”? When an actress is the protagonist, her conflict is decidedly different than the average male protagonist’s: In literary terms, we often see the female protagonist engaged in a “man vs. self” struggle, while male protagonists wrestle with outside forces. The point is not at all that any one iteration of female “strength” is more admirable – more worthy of depiction on-screen – than another, but rather than our female characters consistently demonstrate one kind of strength while our male characters demonstrate another. Furthermore, when our female characters demonstrate stereotypically “male” strength, they do not win the awards.
These complications of storytelling are all exacerbated by Hollywood demographics :...read more
I have just one comment: LUPITA! And her speech. Now talk about whatever other Oscars-related stuff you want....read more
Have at it.
**UPDATE: Way to drill down way lower than people’s worst expectations of you, Seth McFarlane. Bleagh.**
**UPDATE: WTF? appalling Onion tweet re Quvenzhané Wallis.**...read more
CBS is will be airing the Grammy Awards this Sunday, and they are very concerned about your buttock crack and your female breast nipples. (Male breasts: You’re in the clear. As usual. Flash ‘em if you got ‘em.)...read more
Managed to miss this year’s Oscar nominees, and now you’re biting your nails because the big night is coming and you aren’t prepared?! Me, either. But the good people at Jest have us covered in adorable fashion, with Kids Reenact the Oscar Nominees. For instance, if you missed The Help, little kids can show you what you missed....read more
Kim Elsesser from the Center for Study of Women at the UCLA poses this question in the New York Times: Why is it considered acceptable to segregate nominations by sex, offering different Oscars for best actor and best actress? The editorial is well worth a read. I agree with her in principle, but what of […]...read more
This is awesome: The Aspen Institute has released a survey of MBA programs, going beyond test scores and ranking them according to “how well schools are preparing their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.” [Full disclosure: A friend of mine worked on the report]. The rankings reward programs which are […]...read more
A few thoughts: 1. Sorry, Belarus, but you don’t deserve to be that high up on the list. I’d say same goes for Putin, but he’s wearing that awesome tank-top, so, even. 2. Xanana Gusmao, where have you been all my life? 3. Mohammed VI was robbed....read more
Nice work, O! There are, of course, some skeptics on the right and on the left (and guess who I think has a bit more of a point). Yglesias rightly points out that Obama has a lot left to accomplish when it comes to promoting peace — brokering an Israel/Palestine peace deal, normalizing relations with […]...read more
March Madness is winding down, so remember to vote for your favorite trolls in our eight brackets. Starting tomorrow (April 1) we’ll be doing run-offs between the winners. Vote now for: The SLUTS! Bracket The GET A SENSE OF HUMOR, BITCHEZ Bracket The GET A BRIAN, MORANS! Bracket The THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES Bracket The […]...read more