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?

Ablaze! coverGrrrl, Interrupted

Cazz Blase speaks to DIY icon Karren Ablaze! about her illustrious career as riot grrrl extraordinaire and fanzine pioneer

Cazz Blase // 23 January 2016

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

bowieGender is performance!

What Bowie meant to me

Melanie // 18 January 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Magali_PettierHill farming, no sugar coating: an interview with the makers of Addicted to Sheep

Director Magali Pettier and co-producer Jan Cawood talk to Ania about their maverick documentary about farmers who breed sheep in the North Pennines

Ania Ostrowska // 10 January 2016

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

Pretty Ugly RESIZEDWho Run The World? Girls!

Jojo Khor, videographer with Who Run The World, talks about the exciting new music company that wants to bring female musicians to the front

Jojo Khor // 25 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

IMG_5447 (1) v2The United Ladies of Comedy

Maria Shehata has found out a lot about attitudes to comedy and to women whilst travelling the world and researching her upcoming documentary

Maria Shehata // 23 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features

Romance novels and feminism genre snobsCan love conquer all – even the genre snobs?

If there are clichés and poorly-written books in every genre, Nick Beard asks, why is romance always singled out for derision?

Nick Beard // 19 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Sex and Relationships, Uncategorized

Sparx 1Not your mother’s beatboxing: the rise of women beatboxers

Victoria Bailey discusses her love of beatboxing and speaks to seminal female artists within the genre about the supportive community that exists for women beatboxers

Victoria Bailey // 14 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

FakeFruitFactory_01Experimental filmmaking: Chick Strand is coming to Tate Modern

Why is Tate Modern about to screen a retrospective of one of the most significant feminist film-makers from the LA scene of the 1960s and 1970s? Selina Robertson talks to curator George Clark to find out

Selina Robertson // 9 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Interviews

14474322754_30322bc06f_zUnderstanding motherhood in a time of austerity

Akile Ahmet examines three prominent celebrity mothers favoured by the gossip columns and how they have been stereotyped to reflect the ideas and rhetoric of the austerity age

Akile Ahmet // 3 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Family, Features

EvangelineJenningsPankhearst: pixels into knives

Andie Berryman talks to Evangeline Jennings of indie writing collective Pankhearst about the publishing process, America’s ‘war on women’ and the fury that drives her to write

Andie Berryman // 7 October 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Interviews, Politics and Current Affairs, Uncategorized

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

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