Articles about Culture and Media

The media and popular culture are practically inescapable, and all the time they sends us messages about women and men. What does mainstream culture say about men, women, and feminism?

Louise O'Neill author“We need to be constantly fighting. We need to be raising our voices”

Asking For It author Louise O’Neill talks to Gemma Fraser about rape culture, society’s fear of female sexuality, and how it feels to be the rising star of feminist fiction

Gemma Fraser // 9 September 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Interviews, Religion, Violence

bloodyfunny2Bloody funny

Susan Harrison considers the longstanding comedy myth that female comedians make loads of jokes about periods

Susan Harrison // 12 August 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Gina_Prince_Bythewood“If you’ve written good characters, I think that their colour drops away”: interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood

Grace Barber-Plentie talks to Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of Beyond the Lights, about feminism, “black films” and the importance of a good soundtrack

Grace Barber-Plentie // 31 July 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

braids-r1-02-4-srgbMore than “just” a singer

In the wake of their new album Deep in the Iris, Braids’ Raphaelle Standell discusses feminism, music industry double standards and why you really need to hear her vocals

Stephanie Phillips // 19 July 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

DuB_pressYellowNew_smDu Blonde ambition

Joanna Whitehead discusses feminism, riot grrrl and the explosive sound of Du Blonde's new album

Joanna Whitehead // 18 May 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Celine_Sciamma“She’s getting back in the frame”: Interview with Céline Sciamma

Sophie Mayer conquers her initial self-consciousness in Céline Sciamma's cool presence and asks the director some insightful questions about her latest film Girlhood and more

Sophie Mayer // 5 May 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

shulie_faceFeminist film badass: an interview with Elisabeth Subrin

Sophie Mayer talks to Elisabeth Subrin, director of Shulie, a 1997 shot-for-shot remake of 1967 documentary about Shulamith Firestone during her time as an art student

Sophie Mayer // 29 April 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Desiree-Akhavan-in-Appropriate-BehaviourDesiree Akhavan: it matters which stories we tell

Desiree Akhavan talks to Sophie Mayer about studying with Ira Sachs, getting real about onscreen sex and why we need more selfish female protagonists

Sophie Mayer // 28 February 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

6927134950_8402d72a5b_zTeen pop fandom: an adolescent rebellion

Teenage girlhood is a period strongly associated with avid pop fandom. Bridget Coulter examines this phenomenon, arguing that fan behaviour is a rebellion against a culture that constrains and controls teenage girls

Bridget Coulter // 3 December 2014

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Stereotypes

1627162852_2176dc2c0b_o“I am a victim of nothing but my own bad choices”: Women Against Feminism and neoliberal individualism

The recent group Women Against Feminism is, Alison Phipps argues, yet another example of the neoliberal mantra of personal responsibility which promises achievement for women but has resulted in pushing them back into the kitchen

Alison Phipps // 5 August 2014

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism

Sini_Anderson_Skype_RichmixKeep making the work

Sophie Mayer chats on Skype to Sini Anderson, American director of The Punk Singer, recent documentary about Kathleen Hanna

Sophie Mayer // 29 May 2014

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

12913240794_957879f350_zThe silent strong woman

Nayla Ziadeh argues that the fetishisation of exceptional female achievement encourages the systems of oppression which manifest the need for this super human resilience

Nayla Ziadeh // 12 May 2014

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Stereotypes

TabloidsFrom public services to public women: a morality tale for the age of austerity

The tabloids' moral stand against the use of NHS funds for cosmetic surgery is only part of their constant attack on the 'undeserving' and public services, argues Alexandra M. Kokoli

Alexandra M Kokoli // 7 April 2014

Categories: Body and Health, Class, Culture and Media, Features

Campbell_X_and_JJCampbell X on Stud Life

Selina Robertson talks to British queer filmmaker Campbell X about her first feature, gay-lesbian friendships and how buying flowers for a lover is a feminist thing

Selina Robertson // 30 August 2013

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Eden2Far from Eden

M. Lý-Eliot hails a film about trafficking that avoids the pitfalls of graphic depiction of sexual exploitation and digs deeper in her interview with director Megan Griffiths

M. Ly-Eliot // 12 August 2013

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Boston_downtown_skylineZubeidat Tsarnaeva and the Muslim mother as terrorist

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, mother of the 'Boston bombers', has become a figure of controversy. Yasmin Gunaratnam argues that blaming Zubeidat for her sons' actions is part of growing resentment against Muslim mothers

Yasmin Gunaratnam // 10 May 2013

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Politics and Current Affairs, Racism, Stereotypes

Reading-newspaperLucy Anne-Holmes, heroine of the No More Page 3 campaign

Lucy Holmes has been spearheading the campaign to pressurise The Sun to drop the bare boobs from its Page 3. Sarah Edmonds speaks to Lucy about her inspiration and challenges

Sarah Edmonds // 21 January 2013

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Interviews

Nicki-MinajBisexual women are the new sexy in pop music

Is recent frankness about bisexuality among female pop stars indicative of liberation of women and LGBT people or merely an extension of sexualisation of the industry, asks Lawrence Allen

Lawrence Allen // 10 January 2013

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Lisa-Haas-and-Susan-Ziegler-showerAs lesbian space alien as it gets

Selina Robertson reviews New Yorker Madeleine Olnek's debut feature and chats to the director about sci-fi B-movies from the 1950s and the advantages of video over film

Selina Robertson // 21 December 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Rubber-chickenWhy The F-Word needs a comedy editor

Sexism proliferates in comedy. Female comedians aren't given enough attention, and male comedians relying on tired stereotypes make a killing, explains Megan Stodel. The F-Word plans to do something about it

Megan Stodel // 19 November 2012

Categories: Culture and Media

BBC-Radiophonic-Workshop-a-retrospectiveDo women dream of electric sheep? Delia Derbyshire and the women of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Delia Derbyshire has enjoyed a resurgence of recognition in the past decade and has taken her well-deserved place as one of the founders of modern electronic music. But she was hardly the only woman to work at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. Michelle Drury takes us on a journey through the history of the Workshop and pays tribute to the women who passed through the Maida Vale studios

Michelle Drury // 28 October 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Herstory, Music, Radio, Stereotypes, Television, Work and Play

ng1Through the Ngajat: why “I” am important

Anna Sulan Masing talks through her dance performance about migration and home

Anna Sulan Masing // 10 July 2012

Categories: Culture and Media

Sex%2C-Drugs-and-Rock-%27n%27-RollIt’s only rock’n’roll but I don’t like it

Is it 'only rock'n'roll' when a well known male music star beats his wife or girlfriend? And why do men and women alike afford these stars second, third and fourth chances? Amanda McIndoe investigates

Amanda McIndoe // 1 June 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Men, Music, Violence

400px-Male_black_symbol.svgIt’s not feminism that hurts men

Jo T examines a recent article supporting claims that men are "the new second sex" and finds it to be a highly misleading piece that fails to consider the role of patriarchal structures in men's suffering and instead opts to blame feminism

Jo T // 21 May 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Men

Wedding-CakeTop 10 tips to make sure your perfect date keeps coming back for more

Study up on how to succeed in the dating game with Jilly Boyce Kay

Jilly Boyce Kay // 3 April 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

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