Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and the Death of Campy Comedy

After the dark Halloween night recedes this year, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, will be forever leaving the stage with it. After thirty-five years in the business, comedian Cassandra Peterson will be retiring live-stage performances of her popular goth Valley girl character. A staple of the season, the demise of Elvira from the Knott’s Berry … Continued

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The Real Message Behind the Statue of a Naked Woman on the National Mall

Washington D.C., a city that welcomes close to twenty million tourists each year, may get a new one: A forty-five-foot statue of a naked woman may be coming from San Francisco to spend several months on the National Mall. The artist, Marco Cochrane, described his intentions in creating this work as follows: “These sculptures are … Continued

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Could ‘Fatal Attraction’ Get Made in 2017?

This month marks the thirtieth anniversary of a film that unleashed a torrent of feminist criticism, scared untold numbers of husbands into avoiding marital infidelity, and became the world’s highest-grossing movie of the year. Three decades later, Fatal Attraction remains a cultural touchstone. Back in February, for example, Saturday Night Live parodied the 1987 thriller … Continued

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Finally, ‘Atomic Blonde’ Gives Us a Female Lead Who Isn’t Trying to be ‘Empowering’

Lorraine Broughton, the smoking, drinking, stiletto-heeled, sailor-mouthed MI6 agent that Charlize Theron plays in Atomic Blonde is not a role model. And that’s what makes this female-centric action movie so vastly entertaining. Broughton, for example, is no Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), the “heroine the world needs right now” (Wired’s language) of The Hunger Games franchise: … Continued

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Why Lindy West Wants Men to Stick Up for Her

Lindy West wants white men to stick up for her. In her debut column for the New York Times, feminist West answers the question she gets asked a lot by well-meaning dudes: How can we support people like you? West’s response is eloquent: “Just stick up for us.” She writes: “[Guys] want to know what … Continued

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