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The new movie Whip It, about female roller derby, is set to release, and I’ve noticed that the phrase “tough yet feminine” tends to turn up a lot. Not as often, thankfully, as “Juno joins the derby” but still often enough that it made me wonder about the phrase.

In case you haven’t heard about the movie, here’s the trailer, which does not feature the phrase, focusing instead on empowerment and finding a place in the world.

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Hollywood loves to make a fuss when an actress known for her beauty deigns to take on a role that shows all of her imperfections.  Remember the gallons of ink spilled over Charlize Theron’s turn in Monster (nevermind that she was heavily made up in order to look “ugly” in that film)?  The angle for stories like these is that a glamorous woman’s decision to risk being seen as anything other than a flawless ideal of beauty is an act of heroism.  I encountered this same trope today while reading about Mariah Carey’s role in the new film Precious, and I’m so mad about it that I could just…wipe off my lip gloss and throw away my mascara. (more…)

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Yesterday, Professor Moss vented her ire at the atrocious new film, The Ugly Truth.  Since I barely endured the entire 90 minute movie without reenacting the final scene of Oedipus Rex, I’d like to add a bit more insult to injury here: (more…)

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Professor Bean and I actually went and sat through The Ugly Truth (check out the website, where you can post your own ugly truth!) and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more horrible movie. If you took When Harry Met Sally and Cyrano de Bergerac, stripped them of any intelligence, humor or subtly, and then whizzed them in a blender with every single sexist stereotype in existence, you’d have this movie. I can barely write about the movie, but it would make for an interesting drinking game. Every time there’s a stereotype or cliche about men, the men drink. Every time there’s a stereotype or cliche about women, the women drink. The winners are those who lose consciousness first.

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We love(d)…

Obama’s choice for Surgeon General–Dr. Regina Benjamin is a doctor who makes housecalls and ran a nonprofit clinic in New Orleans before and after Katrina. But she’s also the first black woman to head a state medical society and the first doctor under 40 to be elected to the AMA’s board of trustees.

The inability of the confirmation hearings to find anything of substance to question Sotomayor about. After whining that they needed more time to prepare it’s fun to watch the Republicans continually circling back to the “wise Latina woman” comment because they have nothing better to say.  It’s also heartening that Sotomayor’s gender has not been a topic for discussion in any meaningful way.

We hate(d)…

The fact that even with all of Dr. Benjamin’s credentials and passion, some people felt the need to comment on her weight. Because she can’t fight for better health care if she isn’t a size 2?

Republicans’ suggestions that Judge Sotomayor can’t be objective because she is a woman, Latina, or both.  When Justice Breyer compared the plight of a 13-year old girl who had been strip searched by school administrators to his own “hazing” experiences in middle school, the press made a joke of his comments but never accused him of bias.  No one asked any of the “Wise Causacian” men on the Court to recuse themselves, nor should they have, because it’s ridiculous to expect that a judge can only be objective when ruling on a case involving people just like him/her.   Unless she’s a woman, apparently.

The intensely irritating article TimeIs There Hope for the American Marriage?” Why are people suddenly so obsessed with the collapse of marriage (as if this time last year everything was peachy-keen), and why does everyone assume that marriage is about sacrifice, duty, and obligation, and then act surprised when people want something more fun?

We’re looking forward to…

500 Days of Summer claims it’s not a love story.  We’ll see, but the trailer shows some promise.  Could we finally have something positive to say about a new movie?

ABC’s “Dating in the Dark” looks bad, but we haven’t decided yet if it’s “good” bad or “bad” bad.  We’ll probably tell you Tuesday.

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It’s tempting to dismiss movies like I Love You, Beth Cooper as harmless.  After all, it’s getting mixed reviews from critics, and though it grossed $5 million in its first weekend, that only earned it 7th place, barely ahead of Pixar’s Up, which has been out for seven weeks (by comparison, Bruno earned $30 million in its first weekend).  It is not likely to become a huge box office hit, and nothing about it suggests a John Hughes-esque second life in its DVD/television release.  Yet I Love You, Beth Cooper‘s lack of success seems not due to its tasteless jokes or teen-comedy stereotypes (although we get those in abundance) but rather because it tries so to avoid being just another teen movie.  The movie fails because it seems to think it’s being innovative when in reality it is completely mundane. (more…)

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Each Friday, we look at the week that’s passed (or, since this is our first recap, perhaps the week before that) and try to garner a bit of anticipation for the week to come. And as is fitting for a co-authored blog, our goal is to put the “we” in weekly (and, occasionally, to pun weakly).

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