Posts Tagged ‘media’


Barbie is a copyright of Mattel.

No joke. Mattel and Universal have reached an agreement to create a live-action Barbie, feature length film. No casting or plot details have been released.

Why can’t Barbie just disappear? As the writers at The Frisky point out, how can you create a live-action character of a doll who would not be able to stand upright because of her proportions? And what on earth is the plot going to consist of? Did she ever actually have a story beyond being a blonde, beach loving bimbo? I’m sorry, but my idea of creating a larger market of movies for women and girls does not involved contrived movies based on a totally regressive, sexist doll. Oh, and not surprisingly, everyone involved so far is a man.

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There is a fabulous piece in this week’s NY Times Magazine, by Peggy Orenstein, about female superheroes.  Orenstein introduces the article by talking about her daugher’s new distaste for Disney Princesses and new love for Wonder Woman.  She goes on to discuss the allure of superheroes, but also why it may be so unusual or difficult for women to embrace them. Female superheroes, often, she notes do not have compelling back stories, and they certianly do not receive the same kind of attention from movie studios as male superheroes do. Orenstein also suggests that superhero play may be useful for little girls, who may learn from them to be more assertive and more willing to stand up to authority because of the lessons they learn from superheroes.

I always love articles that discuss the inequities in this type of mainstream media. What is the hold up of the Wonder Woman movie? Why can’t there be more female superheroes who receive the same kind of success and attention that male superheroes do? I don’t have much more to add, other than that you should go and read Orenstein’s article. It’s an important commentary on the gender stratification of children’s culture.

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I have to take a moment to rave about the new show, “Glee.” The pilot is on Fox.com, although the actual season doesn’t start until the fall.  It’s rare that I see a new show that really grabs me. Weeds did it a few years ago (although at this point it’s descended into disaster) and so did Big Love.  But both of those shows are on premium channels, and they generally have the better shows to begin with. So, to see such a phenomenal show on Fox really shocked me.  This show is about a high school teacher who has dreams of re-living his glory days in high school glee club and becomes the director of the current glee club. The club is, of course, composed of your stereotypical high school outcasts and chaos ensues.  Rather than being cliche or typical trashy teenage soap opera fare, this show is witty, sarcastic, well-written and very touching. Oh, and there are a few showtunes thrown in there too. 🙂

Go watch, I guarantee you will enjoy.

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It’s articles like this that just make my day.

Click the link – it speaks for itself. 🙂

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