Pulp fiction contains the lurid, the underbelly, and it’s supposed to be cheap. Despite what Raymond Chandler may have thought, James M. Cain’s writing in Double Indemnity often self-consciously broke through this lacquer and pulled from the long literary tradition of Gothic fiction. However, Cain’s careful depiction of Phyllis as a romanticized consort of Death was largely removed by Chandler and distantly depicted in one of the latter scenes of the film.
Media is often a mirror of our society. Ideally, it is a conscious platform for creators to express their concerns about what is going on in the world around us. Whether their material is motivated by concern over the status quo or something else, it’s no secret that the goal is to relate to the largest population possible in order to gain an audience. This often results in stereotypes and tropes about minorities being played out on screen.
The festival includes six award-winning films. These address topics including women in labor, intimate relationships and personal identity. Their stories span across the globe, including stories focusing on women from Cuba, the Philippines, the United States, Finland, and Iran.
Tickets for the reception are $6 for students with valid ID, $12 for general admission. Tickets include the film screenings, appetizers, and one ticket to a raffle of gift items donated by local businesses and individuals. Admission to the films only is $3 for students and $6 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the Women’s Center in Memorial Gym 109 or at the door. Continue reading “Get Ready For International Women’s Day”→
While brainstorming things to write about this week, my mom very excitedly asked me if I’d ever heard of the Bechdel Test. I’ve been researching it for five days now, and it’s so fascinating that I have no clue how I’d never heard of it before.
The Bechdel Test comes from a 1985 Alison Bechdel comic called “Dykes to Watch Out For.” According to Bechdel, in order for a movie to pass this test, there have to be: two female characters; they have to talk to each other; and they have to talk to each other about something other than men.