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The PBS Nova special “Cracking the Code” brought up a number of interesting possibilities about the future of DNA research. Most interesting to me was the special’s take on testing for specific genetic diseases and predispositions. “Sometimes, there may be a test, but it might take twenty years, or fifty years. Fifty years to find […] Continue reading
Jordan’s presentation about the gender binary in films aimed at younger audiences definitely sparked my interest. The films she chose were aimed primarily at teens and young adults, which can be a particularly formative time in many lives. So the … Continue reading → Continue reading
When watching Miss Representation, the question of female directors seemed interesting, especially in the case of Catherine Hardwicke. It is unnerving to know just how few films are directed by women, and it seems especially disheartening that so few of … Continue reading → Continue reading
One of the best things about Captain Jack Harkness as a character is that, from the moment he was first introduced on Doctor Who, he has been challenging any kind of sexuality and gender binary. Even better, he does so … Continue reading → Continue reading
For my final project, I am excited to explore the world of female superheroes in popular films, as well as their counterparts in comic books. As a genre, comic book-based films have gained an incredible amount of ground in popularity … Continue reading → Continue reading
Information control was one of the major themes in class this week, especially revolving around The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The most prominent examples of information control came from what could be boiled down to two sides – … Continue reading → Continue reading
One of the most interesting things about the film All About My Mother was the idea of gender identity and sexuality – and, more importantly, the way breaking those norms plays out in society. Two cases jumped out at me … Continue reading → Continue reading
Between viewing Election and reading Carlin and Winfrey’s “Have You Come a Long Way, Baby?”, I found the parallels that arose very interesting. Though the election in the film is considerably less important and meant to be taken less seriously … Continue reading → Continue reading
The last two films we have watched have placed the two participants in a lesbian relationship into aesthetically stereotypical roles – butch versus femme. However, we saw in Bound that, though Corky and Violet initially seemed to fit these categories, … Continue reading → Continue reading