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Tuesday, March 13. 2012
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of ... Posted by Rob Mars in Art & Photography, Entertainment, Feminism, Wonder Woman at 10:34
Doubtless people visiting this blog sometimes ask themselves, "Why so much talk about superheroines?" My short answer: Because they matter.
Long(er) answer: Superheroines both reflect and shape our culture, our values, our priorities. Consequently, their correct depiction is important (which is what I harp most about). If female superheroes aren't given the same reverence and respect that male superheroes get, we as a society show ourselves wanting right along with them.
The new documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines is premiering this week at the SXSW Film Festival. Hopefully, it will make its way around the country and over my way soon—looks interesting:
Tuesday, November 22. 2011
"My girls are stronger than ... Posted by Rob Mars in Entertainment, Female Athletes, Female Bodybuilding at 13:01
I believe it. Way to go girls!
(Video by Strongman Athletics)
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
Wednesday, October 12. 2011
Shocking News: Bodybuilders show off ... Posted by Rob Mars in Female Athletes, Female Bodybuilding, Feminism at 11:46
In another story for the Mrs. Grundy files, a high-school administrator bans a coed bodybuilding contest, saying that she doesn't want the school associated with "scantily clad women."
This is, of course, foolish on many levels. But why is it that men can wear next to nothing without anyone saying a word against it, yet women get scorn to no end for wearing as much or more?
Tuesday, September 27. 2011
Two 100 lb Dumbbells, One Woman Posted by Rob Mars in Female Athletes, Female Bodybuilding at 10:29
If this doesn't put to rest the canard that women can't be strong, like really strong, then nothing will. Former basketball standout Nikki Rouillard in an impressive display of strength:
Tuesday, August 30. 2011
Hope Solo is going dancing! Posted by Rob Mars in Entertainment, Female Athletes at 09:30
Thursday, July 7. 2011
Natalie Coughlin photo shoot: ... Posted by Rob Mars in Art & Photography, Entertainment, Female Athletes at 12:41
Who better to channel Esther Williams than Natalie Coughlin? The connection is so obvious: two fantastically gifted athletes in the same sport, and camera friendly as she is, we should expect that someday Natalie will have a movie career to match Esther's as well.
So, recently Natalie took on the role of Esther Williams with the help of award-winning make-up artist Melanie Mills. The results, needless to say, are stunning. What is more, the photo shoot was itself eventful, as seen in this cleverly edited footage:
Wednesday, June 22. 2011
CLAW: Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers Posted by Rob Mars in Entertainment, Female Athletes, Women's Sports at 10:48
Theater, arm wrestling, philanthropy—three things that don't often come to mind together. But in toto they do describe CLAW (Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers, or more generally, Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers), as seen in the group's About page:
I learned about CLAW from Brian Wimer, who is making a documentary about it ("the revolution currently happening in women's arm wrestling"). The project's Kickstarter video gives a sense of the fun and madness that takes place at a CLAW event:
Friday, June 3. 2011
Angela Bassett: 'Strange Days' Posted by Rob Mars in Entertainment at 10:10
I think it a shame that Angela Bassett hasn't been given more action roles. Truly she is everything you could want in an action star: a great actor with commanding physical presence.
In 1995 Bassett was given one opportunity to flex her muscles, in Strange Days (a sci-fi film that deserves more than the scant attention it has received). Here she tosses co-star Ralph Fiennes into a wall, and the action looks seamless, because you sense that in real life she could:
Friday, May 13. 2011
NBC passes on David E. Kelley's ... Posted by Rob Mars in Entertainment, Wonder Woman at 08:38
A phrase I'm quite tired of repeating—we'll have to wait to see a live-action Wonder Woman.
Except this time, though I'm pained to say it, it's probably for the best. From casting right through to the writing it was becoming evident that this was going to be a weak, light-headed (the typical Hollywood treatment given to heroines) presentation of the classic superhero.
It is better that Wonder Woman retain some of her majesty and live to fight another day.
Monday, April 18. 2011
Female Athletes Tribute Posted by Rob Mars in Female Athletes, Women's Sports at 12:02
This ably crafted tribute to female athletes was created by VashtisVoice. You might find it inspiring. I did—the music notwithstanding:
Monday, April 4. 2011
Is NBC paying attention to Wonder ... Posted by Rob Mars in Entertainment, Wonder Woman at 11:09
Version 1.0 of the new Wonder Woman outfit didn't go over so well. That being the case, Wonder Woman producers and NBC have made a few tweaks.
Just to refresh your memory, here is the before image:
And now the latest, as seen during filming in LA last week:
I'll let the fashion police judge the design's merits as just that, fashion, since Wonder Woman's fashion sense doesn't rate a high concern with me. But there has been analysis combining both aesthetic and functional issues, like Sequential Tart's, that is worthwhile. And I do think it odd that they put Wonder Woman in pants but didn't bother to put straps on her top. Pants rarely ease movement, and sturdy legs can be a sign of power. Having the additional concern that your top might fall off while fighting the bad guys, however, seems more a problem.
Nor do I think much about whether Adrianne Palicki is "beautiful" enough or whether she compares favorably with Lynda Carter. My only concern regarding imagery is that she be convincing as a formidable heroine and potent as a symbol of physical strength to girls and women, nay, to all of us.
Monday, March 28. 2011
Science meets Brittney Griner Posted by Rob Mars in Female Athletes, Feminism, Women's Sports at 10:09
Monday, March 21. 2011
First look at NBC's Wonder Woman ... Posted by Rob Mars in Entertainment, Feminism, Wonder Woman at 09:28
It's not as though in popular culture girls and women have symbols of strength to spare. Perhaps if they did what David E. Kelley and NBC are doing to Wonder Woman wouldn't be quite as hurtful. The new Wonder Woman costume, as it will be worn by the actress playing Wonder Woman, was revealed Friday (in truth, probably floated as a trial balloon). Does this give you the impression of a super-strong heroine?
I suspect it doesn't. Indeed, it seems not to have for hundreds of commenters at EW.com, Facebook, and elsewhere:
Leo: "I agree! I do hate the costume, but I think she should be more toned. She looks frail and way to thin. This looks way too pin up and less Female Empowerment. This costume makes Linda Carter’s look like a pair of military fatigues."
Still, we need to make absolutely certain this great heroine isn't ruined by Hollywood hacks. So, if you think it important that media represent women as athletes and physically capable beings, and I assume readers of this blog do, make your voice heard as well. Join the fight!
Friday, March 18. 2011
A muscular history for women Posted by Rob Mars in Art & Photography, Books, Female Athletes, Feminism, Women's Sports at 09:40
March is Women's History Month. Right in line, literally and figuratively, with this year's theme ("Our History is Our Strength") is David Chapman and Patricia Vertinsky's new book, Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women.
I can't review Venus with Biceps in this post, as I haven't gotten my hands on a copy yet (though it seems to get generally positive reviews—even the New Yorker). Its having been published alone warrants attention here—for books exploring this neglected and marginalized aspect of women's lives and history are few and far between. Put this special book in your to-read list.
Thursday, February 24. 2011
Angela Mao: "the world's first ... Posted by Rob Mars in Entertainment, Female Athletes at 15:28
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