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?”

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’?)”

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:

Why is representation and seeing others ‘like you’ in the culture around you important, especially when growing up?

Anna Frances explores further why she thinks seeing someone ‘like you’ in the culture around you, effects how you see yourself, and also can effect how you see others.

5 reasons why I LOVE the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range (and why you will too)

Artist Anna Frances shares why she LOVES the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range, (and why you will too). 1.) Each design is from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series that I’ve created, which helps to promote Bisexuality bisibility and LGBTQ+ visibility more broadly. Why I love it: I think representation around LGBTQ+ communitiesContinue reading “5 reasons why I LOVE the Bi in the 2000s™ merchandise range (and why you will too)”

Money Money Money: Is it possible to make money, when you’re creative?

As part of my Money Money Money series, I have created a short video, exploring the question: Is it possible to make money when you’re creative?