Wonder Woman: Feminist icon, or one man’s fantasy of what a woman should be like?

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Like many comic book superheroes, since Wonder Woman’s creation in 1941 by US psychologist Dr William Moulton Marston, the image and storyline surrounding this female superhero has had many different manifestations over the years. Looking back in time, the history of Wonder Woman seems to be as complex and nuanced as the feminist discussions surrounding the character at the time.

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Masculinity in Bond Villains: The reference of homosexuality by ‘queer-coded’ male characters as a tool for violence and manipulation in 007 – does it have to be this way?

Screen shot from Skyfall (2012) directed by Sam Mendes, Eon Productions. Image features James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).

In this blog, I will look at how queer-coded masculinity is portrayed in the villains in James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) directed by Martin Campbell and Skyfall directed by Sam Mendes (2012). In particular I will look at La Chiffre in Casino Royale (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and Raoul Silva in Skyfall (played by Javier Bardem). Focusing on the torture and interrogation scenes from these films, I will consider the significance of mockingly ‘queer-coded’ behaviour of the villains included in the films, such as innuendos and homosexual references used to torture and manipulate Bond (played by Daniel Craig).

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Masculinity in 007: Is James Bond actually an empath after all?

Image: Movie still from Casino Royale (2006), directed by Martin Campbell. Eon Productions, featuring Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) and James Bond (Daniel Craig)

In this blog, I explore the portrayal of masculinity in some of the more recent-ish (i.e. after the 2000s) James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006) directed by Martin Campbell, and Skyfall (2012) directed by Sam Mendes, both starring Daniel Craig as Bond. I’m interested in Casino Royale and Skyfall in particular, because I think they both hone-in on Bond’s capacity to care and show empathy for other characters, in moments that I think are quite refreshing and historically unusual in the Bond film franchise.

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Divine Masculine: Why I think the portrayal of the Divine Masculine in the bible argues against the miracle of life (this is just how I feel).

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The Divine Masculine (i.e. the Divine Masculine energy that we all share) is something that I think many people consider to not exist all. I feel that Divine Masculine is more than what I think a lot of people associate with masculinity as we know it in our society today. It’s common to assume that the ‘toxic masculine’ that we see played out in our society and in its structures, is the only form of masculinity. In this blog, I argue there is a different way of thinking about this, and a different way of thinking about ourselves and each other.

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The depiction of Eve in the Adam and Eve story: How Divine Feminine has been taught to us as betrayal, when actually, it’s just love. (This is just how I feel.)

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What ever happened to sensuality? To this idea of touch, of closeness, of connecting to your own beauty, your own sovereignty, your own place on this earth, to nature, to your own body, your clothes, your jewellery, your possessions? I would argue this idea of sensuality, of the Divine Feminine, has been shamed and side-lined for many generations.

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How does someone with an undergrad degree in Geography, Politics and International Relations, and a Masters in Human Geography, end up as an artist and holistic healer? Well, I’ll tell you, it’s easy.

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My career path may seem slightly outside of the norm, given my traditional academic degree, followed by a standard ‘office job’ for a short while, before becoming an artist and training as a holistic healer. However, to me, becoming an artist and holistic healer, with a background in geography, politics and international relations is an obvious career path (sort-of).

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Adam and Eve: Why I think it’s ok to listen to your kundalini, and why I think the Adam and Eve story is about atheism (this is just how I feel).

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This may seem controversial to say this, but when you’ve been taught something when you were 5 (as I was, in a ‘non-Christian’ primary school in the UK in the 1990s), it’s easy to forget that actually it was from about this age that I was taught to hate my own sexuality, my own body, my own place in this world, and I was taught to not believe in love.

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Why I think peaceful protest is the only form of protest worth doing (and the rest just causes more suffering). And why I think it’s ok to say how you feel.

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I’ve chosen to write this blog now as I think it’s an important time to say how we feel. And sometimes when people say how they feel, and others don’t feel like they feel the same, it can cause upset, anger and pain for some, whilst others may feel acceptance, peace and respect.

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Why I think infantilising ‘femininity’ in mainstream media and Hollywood is damaging to both men and women (and why I think it’s ok to be a woman).

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In this blog I explore the impact of ‘infantilising’ femininity, which has often been taught to us through mainstream media, popular culture and children’s entertainment. By this term, I mean showing women as incredibly young to the point of child-like, with no wrinkles, small waist and big bust, character traits that include naivety, ‘innocence,’ never setting any boundaries, letting everything happen to her without any awareness, being at the man’s beck and call, being reliant on the male gaze’s approval, seeking assurance from men, having less money and property than men (or none at all), and any ‘fierceness’ in characters, often portraying women fighting against the dominating father figure, attempting to ‘fight the patriarchy’ by sacrificing herself for her father’s unhappiness.

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‘The Algorithm’ – A poem by ©Anna Frances, 2021

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Preamble: This is a poem dedicated to algorithms, or rather, my experiences of trying get noticed on social media as someone that’s self-employed and early on in their career.

If someone retweets your tweets
That’s the algorithm
If someone ignores your tweets
That’s the algorithm
If someone trolls your tweets
That’s the algorithm

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