In all honesty, I needed several Wikipedia pages to fully understand Vice Films’ tagline for Ana Lily Amirpour’s film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It is presented as “the first Iranian Vampire Western” and has also been described as noir, spaghetti western, Iranian New Wave, pulp, and “feminist-romantic.” It’s clear that the first Iranian romantic-new-wave-vampire-pulp-spaghetti-western ultimately resists categorization.
The holidays are here, which means we’re smack in the middle of six weeks celebrating colonialism (hi Thanksgiving), capitalism (hello Black Friday), and really terrible music coming out of every speaker in every public place (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”). In other words, it’s the perfect time to tune out the noise and pump up the feminist jams. Let us be your Oprah this winter: You get new feminist music! And YOU get new feminist music! EVERYBODY GETS NEW FEMINIST MUSIC!
It’s all too easy to accidentally pick out a well-titled, gorgeously illustrated picture book for your kids, only to find that the book perpetuates tired gender stereotypes. On the other hand, children’s books are filled with some of the most subversive characters in literature. Here are five feminist-friendly books my family has read over the years that my now-eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son love.