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

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

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?

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 byContinue reading “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?”

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

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 theyContinue reading “Masculinity in 007: Is James Bond actually an empath after all?”

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

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 tweetsThat’s the algorithmIf someone ignores your tweetsThat’s the algorithmIf someone trolls your tweetsThat’s the algorithm

What do I mean by ‘Divine Feminine’ and ‘Divine Masculine’? (And what do I mean by their opposites, ‘Toxic Feminine’ and ‘Toxic Masculine’?)

I’ve often talked about ‘Divine Feminine’ as being about nurture, compassion, and creativity, and ‘Divine Masculine’ being about stewardship of the earth, strategy and building for a new world, but what do I actually mean by this? In practice, what do these character traits that (I would argue) we all have within us, look likeContinue reading “What do I mean by ‘Divine Feminine’ and ‘Divine Masculine’? (And what do I mean by their opposites, ‘Toxic Feminine’ and ‘Toxic Masculine’?)”

Is gender a ‘battle’? Or is it something we have within all of us?

I think gender for some people has become a battle. A battle with others to protect themselves, or dominate others, and for some people, a battle with themselves – to be a ‘hyper-masculine’ or a ‘hyper-feminine’ version of themselves.

Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine – Why I think it’s essential to recognise that both are within all of us

There’s been an argument for quite a while about what it means to be ‘female’ and what it means to be ‘male,’ and the meaning behind these terms that we we use. It’s important to recognise that we are always just ourselves.

Why did I choose watercolour painting as the artistic medium of choice for the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series?

For me it was an easy decision to paint with watercolour in the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series, for a lot of different reasons. I think for me, I was drawn to watercolour paint in particular because of its fluid and subtle nature, giving the artist infinite ways to explore colour, from its mostContinue reading “Why did I choose watercolour painting as the artistic medium of choice for the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series?”

It’s time to change: Why as a small business owner, I’m trying to source sustainable and ethical products for my online store (and why I’m hoping other retailers do the same).

Like everyone, I’m trying my best. My business is relatively new, every step of the way is a huge learning curve, and I’m really trying to put a sustainable and ethical foot forward from the very beginning of the launch of the merchandise products that I’ve created, which I’m approaching in the following ways: