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Megan Kearns, a freelance writer and activist, writes about film, media and feminism. She is the social media director and staff writer at Bitch Flicks, a blogger at Fem2.0 and the social media manager for the Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA). She also blogs at The Opinioness of the World, a feminist vegan site she founded.


‘Gravity’ and the Impact of Its Female Hero

‘Gravity’ and the Impact of Its Female Hero
Long before it opened in theaters in 2013, I was excited to see Gravity. A female-centric sci-fi film? Yes, please! Haunting and harrowing, the film rests on Sandra Bullock’s shoulders, and she carries it off with raw emotion and nuance. But the best part of Gravity? It offers us a different kind of female hero than what we normally see on-screen.  Read more...


Oscar Winner Takes Hollywood to Task for Sexism and Ageism

Oscar Winner Takes Hollywood to Task for Sexism and Ageism
On February 22, 2015, Patricia Arquette used the Oscar stage to advocate for gender wage equality and women’s rights during her acceptance speech for best supporting actress (Boyhood, 2014): "To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America."  Read more...


Ageist Tropes Taint American Horror Story: Coven

Ageist Tropes Taint <em>American Horror Story: Coven</em>
It’s rare for women over the age of 50 to find starring work in Hollywood, unless one is Meryl Streep or Judi Dench. So I was intrigued to watch American Horror Story: Coven on FX, which features not one but three stellar actresses in their 60s (and one in her 50s): Jessica Lange (Fiona), Kathy Bates (Delphine), Frances Conroy (Myrtle) and Angela Bassett (Marie).  Read more...


Age and Beauty on the Big Screen

Age and Beauty on the Big Screen
In a 2012 interview on NPR’s All Things Considered, director and actor Sarah Polley spoke about her film, Take This Waltz. She discussed how we need more female directors and the unique perspective they can bestow on female characters. She also spoke eloquently on the sexist portrayal of women’s bodies on-screen:  Read more...


How The Golden Girls Shaped My Feminism

How <i>The Golden Girls</i> Shaped My Feminism
A child of the '80s, I grew up watching TV shows like Murder She Wrote and Love Boat. Living with my grandparents for six years clearly influenced my television viewing habits! My favorite series of my childhood—and still one of my absolute favorites as an adult—was The Golden Girls.  Read more...


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