How we look at women and how we talk about how we look at women remains subject to patriarchal notions, despite some of our best intentions. Continue reading “Don’t avert your gaze: Lydia Diamond’s Voyeurs de Venus”
Long before Disney got its hands on the Chinese myth of Fa Mu Lan (also called Hua Mulan or simply Mulan), Californian and Chinese-American Maxine Hong Kingston used the myth of the swordswoman martial artist to explore the ideas of how, despite empowering mythology, women can often be made to feel limited in their quest to “make a difference.” Continue reading “Reclaiming our Warriors: Lessons from Maxine Hong Kingston”
I long had a problem with Jane’s opening statement to the final chapter: “Reader, I married him,” in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
Part of the beauty in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening lies in its utterly languid quality. Continue reading “Beyond woke: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening”
Easter eggs, those cheeky winks in various media to those in the know, are indescribably rewarding to so many of us media consumers. Continue reading “Zadie Smith: Helping us Shape Herstory”