Grrl on Film: Bad-Ass Besses: A Brief Herstory of Elizabeth I in Film

“My sex cannot diminish my prestige.”- Elizabeth I Recently the results of a Facebook quiz informed me which historical female I am and as silly as these quizzes are I was thrilled when the result was Queen Elizabeth I. A similar quiz... Read more »

Mad Men's Portrayal of Sexism Seeps Unironically into its Commercial Breaks

Did anyone else notice the bizarre sexism during the commercial breaks on last night’s episode of Mad Men? I can accept that a healthy dose of douchiness comes with the territory when I decide to watch currently airing episodes of a show instead of waiting for it to come out on DVD, but I... Read more »

Tube Tied: Famous Last High School Bitches: A Rant

Somebody should probably call these people up and inform them that actually, there is already a modern adaptation of Heathers on the air and it’s called Gossip Girl.  Oh yes, of course, Gossip Girl isn’t actually witty or smart or anything but Serena did kill that one guy and dates the... Read more »

Grrrl on Film: Part Two of the Grrrl on Film Director Spotlight on Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez!

In this, the second part of my email interview with directors Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez, the collaborators talk about breaking the rules of documentary filmmaking, getting the girls to open up on camera, how their film can be used in classrooms, and their future projects. If you... Read more »

Tube Tied: Let's Cut the Fat, Shall We?

I'm a big advocate of the political power of popular culture. I want to make every single person who is still saying, "I just don't understand why they have to be so public about it," sit down and watch The Laramie Project. The ability of narrative to move us is a side of feminist activism we don... Read more »

Grrrl on Film- Girl, You

DVR ALERT! The ambitious, and successful, documentary Going on 13 will begin broadcasting on Public Television this September. The 73 minute film (which is in English, Spanish and Hindi, with English... Read more »

Newsflash, Vampire Bill: Rape is Neither Romantic, Nor Charming

Those of us who watch HBO’s True Blood would have a hard time denying the show’s sex appeal (or at least, sex). After all, Bon Temps, Lousiana (the fictional setting for the show) is one seeexxxy town. Vampires banging humans? Check.... Read more »

Don't Just Stand There, Let's Get to It: Vogue Evolution

If you haven’t been watching America’s Best Dance Crew this season, it’s time to start. For those out of the loop, ABDC (as it is known in the in-crowd) is a dance competition show on MTV that... Read more »

Love/Shove: Bloody hell! Finally a menstruation movie for everyone.

The trailer for The Moon Inside You begins like a bad Dan Brown-zombie flick: “A curse on half the planet…a secret kept too well….so…much…blood.” Thankfully, the world’s in for one less crap slasher and in for a humorous new... Read more »

Tarantino & Me: The Grrrl on Film Response to Inglourious Basterds

A few days ago I was chatting with my dad about our various writing projects. Dad: You know how you’ve been writing about Quentin Tarantino? Me: Yes? Dad: You know he used to work in a video store? Me: Uh-huh. Dad: And you used to work in a video store... Read more »


No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »

One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... Read more »

Game Changer: Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

You're a Bolshevik feminist jewess that hates white people… and you expect to be taken seriously when you're “critique-ing” ...

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The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »