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Pride Culture Comforts: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other has already seen immense amounts of success for Bernardine Evaristo as the winner of The Booker Prize 2019 and the first female writer of colour to top the UK fiction paperback chart. As people work towards diversifying and decolonising their bookshelves, this seems to be a frequent favourite to start that journey. An aspect that I haven’t seen addressed as much though … Continue reading Pride Culture Comforts: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

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The Hours Might be Different, But How Much Has Truly Changed Since Nine to Five?

Nine to Five is available to watch for free on BoB. Whether you watch it for the comedy, the kick-ass female cast, or simply because of Dolly Parton’s classic hit song, there is no doubt that Nine to Five still appeals to us today. Especially on the back of its recent run as a Broadway Musical. But, forty years later, maybe we should be asking … Continue reading The Hours Might be Different, But How Much Has Truly Changed Since Nine to Five?

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Why Do Women Have to *Literally* Spill Their Guts to Be Funny?

You can watch Bridesmaids for free on BoB. Bridesmaids has taken on a special cultural significance since its release in 2011. Hailed as “terrifically funny, smart and tender”, the film, under Paul Feig’s directing and Judd Apatow’s producing, remains a frank display of women behaving badly. Yet it is precisely this ‘behaving badly’ that remains a sticky topic.  Though the film has remained a critical … Continue reading Why Do Women Have to *Literally* Spill Their Guts to Be Funny?

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“You’re your problem… and also your solution”: How Bridesmaids Remodels Female Friendship

You can watch Bridesmaids for free on BoB. Bridesmaids (2011) was well received by critics and audiences alike, lauded for its ability to prove that women could “be funny”. However, the credit that the film received was mostly focused around female portrayal of traditionally masculine humour: vulgar sexual innuendo, the famous diarrhoea scene, and drunken mishaps. While these aspects of Bridesmaids should be applauded, the … Continue reading “You’re your problem… and also your solution”: How Bridesmaids Remodels Female Friendship

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‘Is this what it feels like for someone to love you?’: How The Diary of a Teenage Girl Complicates the Sexual Awakening

The sexual awakening is a key facet of the contemporary coming of age genre, and the emotional exploration surrounding the first hints of desire has proven a rich resource for filmmakers; this is evidenced in works such as Lady Bird(2018) and Booksmart (2019). However, the affect of the relationship between power and desire on a teenager’s sexual awakening is a discussion which could be explored further in the genre . Even in indie-darling Call Me by Your Name (2017), featuring a relationship between a teenage boy and an intern in his mid-twenties, there is little interrogation of the power dynamics at play and how they affect the characters. With all of this in mind, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner’s 2002 book of the same name, feels radical in the way in which it portrays the relationship between 15-year-old Minnie (Bel Powley) and 34-year-old Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). Continue reading ‘Is this what it feels like for someone to love you?’: How The Diary of a Teenage Girl Complicates the Sexual Awakening

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Pride Culture Comforts: Queer Eye

Queer Eye (available on Netflix) is the embodiment of a ‘Pride Culture Comfort’. Watching the “heroes” evolve is incredibly heartwarming: it is so special how the Fab Five enables their confidence to grow and equips them with tools to express their true selves. If you’re like me, most episodes will have you in tears – even the very first is a one-way ticket to Emotionville, courtesy of Tom’s massive (and lovable) transformation. Even if the hero isn’t queer themselves, the Fab Five’s backgrounds and life experiences allow them to connect and have meaningful discussions. This is not just through Karamo’s “therapizing”, but also through their relationships with: church and religion, homelessness, race, gender identity, strained family relations, business, bullying, health, and more. Continue reading Pride Culture Comforts: Queer Eye

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Pride Culture Comforts: Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest final is Gay Christmas.
It’s camp, glittery, and flamboyant; it’s a spectacle and, with the legendary commentary from Graham Norton, it’s a gift. For many reasons, the LGBTQ+ community gravitates towards this event and form a large proportion of its hardcore fanbase – one such reason being the competition’s central values of unity, tolerance, and diversity Continue reading Pride Culture Comforts: Eurovision

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I Want to Be a Blonde Bombshell Too!

I am very precious about my hair and I’m not ashamed of it. I had bright blonde hair as a toddler which eventually dulled to a dirty blonde, until Year 8 when I asked the hairdresser to give me summer blonde highlights and cut a bob for me. Since then, my hair has become my signature accessory to every outfit with it only getting blonder … Continue reading I Want to Be a Blonde Bombshell Too!

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When Mr Darcy Is Actually Just a Neo-Imperialist

Everyone knows that Brits and Americans are the absolute worst tourists. They’re loud and obnoxious, expect everyone to speak English, get embarrassingly sunburnt, and care more about the cocktails than the culture. This arrogance likely roots in imperialist attitudes; the disgusting Western ideology that every other country should tailor to their desires, and that Westerners have the ultimate right to go wherever they want and do whatever they please. With this in mind, Gurinder Chadha’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice translates the class tension between Darcy and Elizabeth into a tension about national identity and culture, and American attitudes towards India. The Bennet family become the Bakshi family from Amritsar, while Darcy is a wealthy, American tourist with an arrogance aptly attached to that stereotype. Behind the sparkle of the Bollywood numbers, the vibrant colours, and the light humour, Bride and Prejudice threads through a commentary on neo-imperialism, interrogating Western attitudes towards India today and considering how open the West is to change. Continue reading When Mr Darcy Is Actually Just a Neo-Imperialist