F**k Men! Women Who Want More

When love isn’t enough. Looking at women in film who say F**k Men! and choose independence over the safe arms of their leading men.

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Female Spaces in Masculine Places: Examining the Heroine’s Journey in ‘Twilight’ (2008) and ‘Midsommar’ (2019)

“In a geography dominated by men, male desire and gazes, the search the heroines undergo for the female space is the desire for the ability to exist within the male geography as a female, and to do so comfortably.”

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When ‘No Good’ is Just Right: Barbara Loden’s ‘Wanda’ (1970) as a Balm for The Pandemic Pessimist

Barbara Loden’s 1970 film Wanda is a bleak picture of womanhood that is oddly fitting for the pandemic age.

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‘Succession’ and the Deconstruction of Fake Feminism

In the final episode of Succession’s first season, Siobhan (Sarah Snook) turns to her ex-boyfriend, narrows her eyes and hisses “I’m Shiv fuckin’ Roy.” It is a triumphant victory cry, a menacing threat and maybe even an insult. It elicited gasps and celebratory ‘ooooh’s, like Shiv was a comedian who had quieted a heckler with a particularly cutting joke. This line establishes her as someone equal parts terrifying and captivating. She is both a capable businesswoman and a vengeful heiress. The show wants you to be invested in both figures.

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Raw (2016) is a Radical Coming of Age Horror Film That Gives Women Power Over Their Desires

Julia Ducournau’s French cannibalistic coming of age film Raw depicts feminine pleasure and power through body horror. The film played at festivals and in France, with a limited US release. Viewers had visceral reactions to the screenings, with some even walking out or passing out due to the graphic cannibalism. Even so, Ducournau’s film can be incredibly relatable and empowering for young women.

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‘Killing Eve”s Villanelle: A Girl Gone Bad (And It’s So Good)

“Killing Eve”‘s Villanelle (Jodie Comer) ushers in a new era of bad girls that don’t apologize, even for the most heinous of deeds.

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