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Friday 8 November 2013
Arts Film

changing the world one role model at a time

Rebecca Brand, Producer/Director

Back in April 2012 I hosted a screening of a US documentary called Miss Representation at the Amnesty International headquarters in Shoreditch, London. The film, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival but never had a theatrical release in the UK, explores the way that women are represented in the media (or not, as the case…
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Saturday 20 July 2013
News Opinion

doll wars: monster high versus barbie

Rianh Silvertree

While Mattel’s Monster High dolls have savaged Mattel’s Barbie in the marketplace, what have we really gained as consumers? Monster High’s ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Cleo De Nile’ and ‘Draculaura’ amongst many others – aside from being the offspring of classic monsters – are all about celebrating difference. So sayeth Mattel. But are they? Barbie had unrealistic proportions,…
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Sunday 12 May 2013
Film News

in brief: backlash against brave star’s disney princess makeover

Cory Zanoni
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  Disney has announced a new Princess: Merida from Pixar’s Brave. They’ve given her a makeover to celebrate the promotion, and many of her fans believe the company has robbed the character of her very being. Their anger has led to a petition with more than 93,000 signatories. When Pixar and Disney released Brave in…
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Monday 30 July 2012
Fashion Opinion

plus size ‘role’ models and body politics

Sonya Krzywoszyja
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Clementine Ford recently wrote an article about our obsession with plus sized role models over at Daily Life. She speaks about the “real woman” debate (we all know my feelings on that, repeat ad nauseum until I’m blue in the face) and the pitting of women against women. She makes mention of the fact that…
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Friday 29 June 2012

love you for her

Sara Berndt
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A few years after my parent’s split up, I was eating dinner with my father and he exclaimed, “You eat like your mother!” It turns out Mum and I like to get a small piece of each type of food and flavour in the meal and create “the perfect bite”. We don’t eat potato or…
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Tuesday 8 May 2012

celluloid relapse: eyebrows and unlikely heroines in gone with the wind (1939)

Amy Miniter

Ours is a strange world indeed when Shane Warne, Taylor Momsen and Robert Falcon Scott can all have something in common. All are, in one way or another, role models. These figures are however nothing more than a degustation menu of expected inspiring figures. Selected from just three zones of achievement valuable to society –…
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