Today I wanted to talk about the representation of homosexual women in two movies which would be categorized as romantic comedies (unless the categorization in question has a LBGT category, in which case they’d be shuffled over there). The movies in question are Imagine Me & You (2005) and Gray Matters (2006). I recommend both, they’re adorable. Extensive spoilers beneath the cut.

Continue reading ‘Lesbianism and the Romantic Comedy’


Edited and reposted — sorry about the new-blog shuffling that’s going on.

The other day, I started reading this Young Adult fantasy novel called Twilight with Fairies Wicked Lovely. Despite being Young Adult fantasy (which I consider suspect by nature), it had received decent reviews, and the premise sounded intriguing.

Continue reading ‘Wicked Lovely, and the Modern Vampire’

Today on Genevieve’s reviews of books and movies, we have a 1990s animated Musical, the Swan Princess. This will be especially fun if you remember my review of Sleeping Beauty.

Continue reading ‘Sleeping Beauty remix. I mean, uh: The Swan Princess.’

After watching the Princess and the Frog (which is amazing and adorable, by the way), I felt compelled to track down and watch some more Disney princess movies, starting with Sleeping Beauty. Since I’m now watching movies from a feminist perspective, instead of the 6-year-old perspective I had when I last saw this film, I was… very amused, actually.

Continue reading ‘Feminist Readings on 1950s Cinema: Sleeping Beauty, or, How the Fluff-Heads Save the Kingdom.’

Okay, so I’m a fan of the recent Asian horror phenomenon. I like the way they can do creepy, not gory, and the way that they’re more than just slasher films, unlike the tendency of American horror films.

Anyway, many of you may know that my curiosity has been drawn to feminist paths more often than usual lately, and a thought just occurred to me:

The Whispering Corridors series of movies, which are credited as starting the Asian horror phenomenon, are set in girls schools. Almost all of the ghosts and protagonists are female. But this got me thinking…

The Grudge? Female ghost, female protagonist.
The Ring? Female ghost, female protagonist.
Dark Water? Young female ghost, female protagonist (+ daughter)
One Missed Call? Female ghost, female protagonist.
The Eye? Female ghost, female protagonist.
A Tale of Two Sisters? Two sisters, evil stepmother. (Female ghost.)

It’s certainly not ALL Asian horror, but of the ones I’ve seen and can think of, it’s the overwhelming majority. And it’s even true in the American remakes! So my question for the class is WHY?

Is this a genre thing? Is it cultural? Have I just managed to pick a biased selection?

It seems to me that American horror (which, it’s true, is largely slasher genre) has a tendency towards having male ghosts, male protagonists. The women are there to scream and to be victimized. What is it that makes Asian horror movies different?


Another blast from the past entry, this one was initially inspired by this wonderful comic:

I tried reading one of Anne Bronte’s books. She wrote two, so I picked one at random. To save you all the effort of trying to read it yourselves, I am providing you with a recap of this book.

Continue reading ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, aka the genderswap, morally preachy version of Pride and Prejudice. )’