Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Evolution of Princess Stories

Lectures from “Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution of Princess Stories” Princess stories have been popular for centuries and remain so today around the world; we’ll dive into what these fairy tales mean, and trace the history of these narratives back … Continue reading

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Keeping Merida “brave”

What’s wrong with Disney princesses? A small victory for Merida doesn’t change the company’s dysfunctional branding BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS,, May 15, 2013 If there’s one thing you can count on Disney for, it’s creating strong leading female characters … Continue reading

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The Romance Resurgence: reactionary modern love stories

Love, Actually: How girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture By CAITLIN FLANAGAN, The Atlantic, May 11, 2010 IN CASE YOU haven’t noticed, millions of girls are in the midst of a cultural insurrection. Armed with the pocket money that has made them … Continue reading

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The Damsel in Distress trope, alive and well

Tropes vs Women in Video Games by Anita Sarkeesian,, March 7, 2013 As a trope, the Damsel in Distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own … Continue reading

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Where are the complex heroines?

From Joss Whedon 22/08/13 Entertainment Weekly interview: We also prodded Whedon, who pioneered the modern teenage vampire saga with The WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for how he felt about the Twilight films and The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. “A small part of you is … Continue reading

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