Category: feminist friday

Feminist Friday: Pillow Talk

The on-screen partnership of Doris Day and Rock Hudson is a fondly remembered one in Hollywood history. The actors made three features together: Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Send Me No Flowers. Of these movies, Pillow Talk has been the most successful, finding an easy staying power in […]

Feminist Friday: Laura (1944)

“I shall never forget the weekend that Laura died…”. It’s one of the most interesting opening lines in film history. Spoken by Clifton Webb, the line sets the film’s tone. The 1944 movie is a fascinating study of gender. It not only presents a different take on the the femme fatale, but […]

Feminist Friday: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

The relationship between Marilyn Monroe and feminism can best be described as problematic. Monroe, whose name and glamor have spanned the decades, played a number of iconic roles during her short career. However, a number of these characters are stereotypical “dumb blondes”. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is one of Monroe’s most famous films. Interestingly, the musical […]

Feminist Friday: Bell Book and Candle

The subject of witchcraft in history is one which is deeply tied to women’s issues and feminism. The depiction of witches in popular culture has evolved from the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz, to Samantha Stevens in Bewitched, and finally to the ladies of American Horror Story: Coven. […]

Feminist Friday: Gilda (1946)

The sub-genre of film noir is quite a complicated one, especially when viewed through a gendered lens. Made in 1946, Gilda is an iconic entry within the film movement, often rated alongside classics like: The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man. Gilda also stands as one of the most remembered femmes fatales in […]