Author: Clara Mae

On Ghostbusters, Gender, and Hate

The Ghostbusters reboot has been at the center of much controversy and mud-flinging ever since the all-woman cast was announced back in January 2015. When the film premiered in the UK on Monday to pretty decent reviews— a certified fresh 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes—a Ghostbusters Reddit thread appeared, claiming they needed to undermine the film’s success via social media rumors. While the post has been debunked as fake, one fact remains: this film has endured, and continues to endure, a large amount of hate. And much of it has to do with gender. People have of course argued otherwise,...

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Japanese Actress Kaori Momoi Apparently Plays ScarJo’s Mother in Ghost in the Shell

In case you were wondering if the live action Ghost in the Shell film could get any more baffling, Associated Press has revealed that the Japanese actress Kaori Momoi is playing the mother of Scarlett Johansson’s Major. It’s brought up so casually in the article that the validity of the statement is questionable, but if it turns out to be true it’s yet another confusing casting decision that does little to allay the concerns that Johansson is actually playing the part of a Japanese woman whose consciousness is now, inexplicably, residing in a white body. Just a week ago...

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Where Are All the Women of Color In Geek Media?

Let’s real talk: it’s tough being a woman of color. You sit at the intersection of both race and gender, and it’s an ongoing process of negotiating those identities and accepting that both parts can work to disadvantage you in different ways. When it comes to representation in film and TV, it often means having to compromise: do you support this film because it has a female lead, even though she’s white and moves through the world in a way you know you cannot? Or do you support this film because it has racial diversity, but specifically for men,...

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Race and Romance in Daredevil Season Two

Netflix’s Daredevil is, on the surface, a pretty progressive show when it comes to romance: Matt Murdock is romantically linked to two women of color, Claire Temple and Elektra Natchios, during the course of two seasons, which is definitely more than can be said about any of the MCU films so far. But a deeper read shows that the portrayals of these women, especially in comparison to Karen Page, are often problematic and fraught with racial stereotypes. Race, unfortunately, matters a great deal in deciding who we consider most worthy of love in our society, and that in turn may subconsciously...

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