Satirising Teenage Girls: ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’ and ‘Beauty Queens’

Ever since I watched Chris Lilley’s most recent TV series Ja’mie: Private School Girl, I’ve been trying to think of a way to express exactly why I found the show so distasteful. As it happens, the answer came to me yesterday when I picked up a copy of Libba Bray’s novel ‘Beauty Queens,’ which I … More Satirising Teenage Girls: ‘Ja’mie: Private School Girl’ and ‘Beauty Queens’

Gender and Masterchef

I’ve been thinking about the gender politics of professional cooking lately, having spent a few weeks at home with my family and watching Masterchef with them. From a sample of two weeks’ worth of Masterchef episodes (plus a few backdated ones), it struck me that while the contestants seemed to be quite fairly balanced between … More Gender and Masterchef

Feminists in Fiction: Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

This post in the first in a series of planned posts on my favourite feminist characters and female role models in books and TV. Check back during the next few months for other posts in this series! Earlier this year I was introduced to the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender by a friend. Since … More Feminists in Fiction: Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

On Rape Culture and Sensitivity

Trigger Warning: discussions of fictional sexual assault/rape. Since I have actively begun calling myself a feminist and reading and writing about feminism, I’ve noticed that my reactions to situations and people’s experiences have changed a lot. In particular I’ve noticed that I’ve become a lot more sensitive to violence, especially against women, and especially sexual … More On Rape Culture and Sensitivity

Being an Ace Feminist

I’ve been thinking about the way that my identity as a feminist and my identity as asexual intersect. Although I discovered feminism and asexuality around the same time, I’ve only started pondering their influence on each other over the last few weeks. One of the big, underlying feminist ideas (for me at least) is the … More Being an Ace Feminist