Tag: feminism

  • The Lost Daughter: Why does Leda steal the doll?

    The Lost Daughter: Why does Leda steal the doll?

    The Lost Daughter is a 2021 film directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, based on the novel by Italian writer Elena Ferrante (2015). This is Gyllenhaal’s debut as feature-length film director. I look forward to seeing what she does next.

  • Films That Centre Characters Over 40

    Films That Centre Characters Over 40

    Are you weary of films about people younger than yourself? You may be over 40. Here are some suggestions.

  • Books About Boys Who Dance

    Books About Boys Who Dance

    Some of the books below are specifically about boys and men who dance. Others are more generally about celebrating boys who break free of expected masculine roles. Unfortunately there’s still a way to go before book publishing breaks away from the strict gender binary. That’s why we’re still getting books which say, “Boys can do […]

  • Stone Mattress Short Story by Margaret Atwood Analysis

    Stone Mattress Short Story by Margaret Atwood Analysis

    “Stone Mattress” is a masterful short story written by Margaret Atwood, published in The New Yorker in 2011. You’ll also find this story in the Nine Wicked Tales collection. Some years later, in 2018, author A.M. Homes discussed this story with Deborah Treisman via the New Yorker Fiction podcast, noting that this is (unfortunately) a…

  • The Tunnel by Anthony Browne Picture Book Analysis

    The Tunnel by Anthony Browne Picture Book Analysis

    The Tunnel is a picture book written and illustrated by British author/illustrator Anthony Browne. The Tunnel was first published in 1989. SETTING OF THE TUNNEL In the 1980s it was far more common for kids to be sent out of the house because their mothers were sick of them (and it was almost always the…

  • Women and Shoplifting in Fiction

    Women and Shoplifting in Fiction

    Watch enough TV and you’ll likely draw the conclusion that women, especially housewives with significant personal problems commonly relieve psychological pain by shoplifting. It’s rare to find men shoplifting for the buzz. Also in fiction, teenage girls shoplift as a hazing ritual, and to own prized items (mostly body adornment items) they couldn’t otherwise afford.…

  • The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters is a young adult novel by New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, first published in 1986. Mahy wrote many stories for children, but The Tricksters seems to be one frequently talked about in scholarship circles, alongside The Changeover and The Haunting, which both won The Carnegie Medal. The Tricksters is a rare example of the new female mythic form, in which a main character (often femme, sometimes not) thinks and feels their way through a problem rather than leaving home to go on a journey and fight a bunch of opponents.

  • The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame Analysis

    The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame Analysis

    A man in the shape of a Mole’s body feels a yearning which can only be fulfilled by entering the most transgressive parts of his own psychology, externally represented by the Wild Wood. On his journey, he meets other men, each driven by their own secret (and not so secret) passions.

  • Silicon Valley and Comedy Character Ensembles

    Silicon Valley and Comedy Character Ensembles

    The creators of Silicon Valley reveal to their audience early in the show the thinking behind their ensemble of “five guys”. This may or may not have some realworld application — I don’t know the real Silicon Valley. But even if it doesn’t ring one bit true, every time we do see this particular ensemble in real life tech teams, fans will now think of Silicon Valley, the fictional comedy show. This ensemble will seem more common than it ever was before.

  • Sewing, Weaving and Spinning in Art

    Sewing, Weaving and Spinning in Art
  • The Toys of Peace by Saki Short Story Analysis

    The Toys of Peace by Saki Short Story Analysis

    “The Toys of Peace” (1919) is a short story by H.H. Munro (a.k.a. Saki) and is out of copyright so can easily be found online. This is the opening short story in a collection called The Toys Of Peace And Other Papers by H.H. Munro (and G.K. Chesterton). This volume was published after Saki’s death.…

  • Fear of Engulfment in Storytelling

    There’s a very good reason why girls should be told the truth about baby-making as soon as they ask: If she’s old enough to be asking, she’s old enough to be worrying. Unless they’re told exactly how pregnancy happens, young girls often worry that it may happen to them at any time, without warning. The…