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

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Wonder Woman (2017) film poster, DC films, featuring Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)

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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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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Bristol Art Tour: ‘Empty Plinth’ – the former site of the Edward Colston memorial, Colston Avenue, Bristol

Pictured: ‘Empty Plinth.’ Image: Anna Frances, 2021

As part of my Bristol Art Tour, I visited the former site of Edward Colston memorial on Colston Avenue, Bristol, which is now an empty plinth (you can watch my video here). The statue was removed by protestors, following race related protests worldwide which were sparked by worldwide outrage at the murder of George Floyd in the US in May 2020. The protests were peaceful, and the statue was disposed of in the Bristol Harbourside, in the River Avon.

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Money Money Money: 2 things that crossed my mind when I went self-employed. 1.) Will I ever make the money that I expect to? And 2.) Do I actually deserve the money that I expect?

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It’s interesting writing about the personal blocks some may have to making money as an entrepreneur in my ‘Money Money Money’ series, as I think we all have things that we are working through (even holistic healers need therapists). It’s also interesting, talking about the personal barriers to making money, when obviously, I still have some! I’m a ‘new kid on the block’ in many ways, having only been self-employed for over a year, and I think every time you do something new (in my case, a huge career change from a typical 9-5 to full-time entrepreneur) it’s natural to bring up certain things, with certain decision making that we may have never had to make before.

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Money Money Money: Is it possible to make money in a system that is evil?

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As part of my Money Money Money vlog series, I ask the question: ‘Is it possible to make money in a system that is evil?’ I think there are common beliefs that people have around this idea: ‘Money is evil,’ or ‘I will never be a good person if I make money’ or ‘money is never kind’ are some common assumptions. Moving forwards with these ideas, I think it can useful to analyse where these ideas about money come from, and if we decide that beliefs such as these no longer serve us anymore on our money making path – how can we change that?

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Why did I choose to include organic cotton products in the Anna Frances Healing™ merchandise range?

Pictured: Organic cotton Womens/Unisex ‘Where do I fit in my cultural landscape?’ t-shirt from the Bi in the 2000s™ merch collection.

When thinking about doing any kind of product launch or sales of any merchandise collection, I always try and make decisions that reflect my attitudes towards environmental issues. I wanted to create a range that had the environment in mind, as well as being made of fabric that’s kind to your skin, with as little harmful chemicals or pollutants both in the material, and in the earth, as possible. For me, using a fabric made with 100% natural fibre was the obvious solution, and with the multiple benefits of organic cotton farming, I couldn’t see any better reason than to always choose organic cotton where possible.

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New Vlog series announcement: Money Money Money

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As well as the art and poetry that I’m doing (the Bristol Art Tour will continue as normal), I’m also announcing my new vlog series titled ‘Money Money Money.’

This series explores some common beliefs around money, where they come from, and how to move forwards. The videos comprise of a combination of how I feel on certain topics, combined with what I’ve learned as part of my holistic healing training as a ThetaHealer (2 of my courses have focused on removing personal blocks on starting your own business as pursuing a career you love).

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Bristol Art Tour: Greta Thunberg art mural in Southville, Bristol

Last week I posted 2 videos on my Instagram about my visit to see various street art murals in Southville, Bristol. This blog post is about my visit to the Greta Thunberg art mural, on the side of the Tobacco Factory building in Southville, Bristol by aerosol artist Jody Thomas.

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Why did I create the ‘Bi in the 2000s™’ illustrative series?

‘Where do I fit in my cultural landscape’ painting from the
‘Bi in the 2000s™’ illustrative series

Hi, I’m Anna, I’m the Bristol, UK based artist, poet and holistic healer behind the art and poetry on the Anna Frances Healing page on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

Why did you create the ‘Bi in the 2000s™’ illustrative series?

I decided to create and launch the ‘Bi in the 2000s™’ illustrative series on Instagram on Bisexuality Visibility Day on 23rd September, 2020, because I felt there was a real need for more representation of bisexuality, and I thought that art was a great way to show how I felt, share my experiences and also contribute to discussions around bisexuality.

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