Book Review: Crazy is my Superpower

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a happy childhood. Some children are forced to grow up far too quickly; AJ Mendez Brooks was one of those children. Her autobiography, Crazy is my Superpower, tells this story. She grew up with young parents who found it difficult to hold down a job. As a result she and her three siblings were often left to fend for themselves. After moving from apartment to apartment the family found themselves homeless. They lived in their car for a while before moving into a motel in New Jersey. Throughout this challenging time AJ found comfort in comic books, video...

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Art Review: Girlhood by Joyce Kozloff

Last week, I had the pleasure of going to Joyce Kozloff’s exhibit, Girlhood, in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. Girlhood was featured at the DC Moore Gallery from October 5 to November 4. It was an interesting, eclectic collection that I really enjoyed. The mixed media exhibition stems from folders of carefully preserved grade school art, which the artist found while cleaning out her parents’ house after they passed away. The childhood drawings were then carefully arranged with the artist’s meticulously painted maps, charts, infographics and other geographical knowledge. In a DC Moore...

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Moana: A Feminist Disney Princess

  The most recent Disney princess movies have caused feminists to rejoice as Disney is finally moving in a more progressive direction. The newer princesses, Merida from Brave, Anna and Elsa from Frozen and Moana, highlight just how reflective Disney is of modern attitudes towards women, as damsels in distress are replaced with strong, independent women. While Brave and Frozen have made noteworthy steps, Moana is the most feminist new age Disney princess. Moana is the story of a young girl, the daughter of the island chief, who sails across the ocean to find Maui, a Demi-god, to convince...

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Horror Girls: The Exorcist

Girls in Horror Movies: The Exorcist This series of blog posts will focus on how young girls are portrayed in different horror movies. Unlike women, girls have far more variety to their characters within the horror genre. Women are typically portrayed as very pretty airheads that are usually the first to end up dead! This week I’ll be discussing The Exorcist which is a classic of the horror genre! Upon its release in 1973, it became a major success but it was banned in many countries as it contains so many controversial scenes. The movie itself focuses on the life of 12-year-old girl, Regan....

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Molly Grows Up, and other awkward discussions of puberty

  Do you know why women menstruate? Do you know what the word menstruation means? If your primary source of sex education came from American “educational” films from the 1940s-1960s, you probably have only a vague idea about most things related to sex and puberty. Released in 1953, the short film Molly Grows Up is one such video. While it may or may not have been designed to put young girls’ minds at ease regarding their first period, it is lacking much in the way of medical facts. Molly’s story is told by the school nurse (who also might be a family friend–the...

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Musical Gals: Rebecca Clarke

Music Period: Romantic – 20th Century Location: UK & USA Claim to Fame: First female student of Charles Stanford, and the first woman to be employed by a fully professional ensemble. Rebecca Clarke was born in 1886 to a couple living in Harrow near London. Whilst growing up, her father encouraged all his family to learn to play instruments, and was himself an amateur cellist. He was particularly interested in his family learning those instruments that would enable them to play string quartets together. As a result of his enthusiasm, Rachel learnt to play the violin from the age of 8....

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