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

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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 like on a day-to-day basis? And on the other end of the scale, what does an ‘immature’ or ‘Toxic Masculine’ and immature or ‘Toxic Feminine’ look like, in our day-to-day lives?

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

Pictured: Artist Anna Frances, wearing Bi in the 2000s™ merch, with the original ‘Where do I fit in my cultural landscape?’ watercolour artwork in the background

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 most faint, to its most distinct. I also find the fluid water component of watercolour a very calming and very natural element to work with, and I find the results often very moving, for that very reason. I think every artistic medium has its own qualities, and this is just one of the paints that I love working with.

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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).

‘Bi love’ Mens/Unisex organic cotton t-shirt from the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range

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:

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