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Feminist Flicker - Decoding Sexism In Movies

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why it left you with a feeling of dissatisfaction so subtle that you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Have you ever wondered how to tell if you're watching a movie through the male gaze? Then look no further. Feminist Flicker is here to shine a light on those shadiest of cinematic corners.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that sexism in society is supported and promoted by sexism in the media - especially movies. Indeed, even the most beloved of films can sometimes be unmasked as a hive of insidious white patriarchal messages. 

But fret not, dear reader. Just as Morpheus revealed the nature of the Matrix to Neo, so Feminist Flicker is on hand to expose the truth to you - by decoding sexism in movies, one film at a time.

There's a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It's a baby.

No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like riding a wild horse that’s out of control. Only the horse is not a horse, it’s a donkey. And it’s going backwards.

Written with a lot of sarcasm, a little humor and not enough coffee by a woman who wishes she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

Searching For Home

What does it mean to call a place home? What if that place is halfway across the world?

Working for a study abroad program in Kaikoura, New Zealand, Lauren taught students the importance of "home-making." When it came to home-making Lauren didn't hold back: connecting with the community, playing open mics at the local pub, and befriending strangers on hiking trips around the country.

But when a natural disaster devastates her New Zealand town, she finds leaving and saying goodbye to a home was something she hadn't learned. 

Follow her journey from falling in love with a place and calling it home, to learning to let go and process the trauma and grief that comes with losing a home.

Extreme Esteem

"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

My Life as a Rocket Scientist (and other lies I tell myself)

Who am I really?

Well, that is the everlasting question. The answer that still eludes me, and so many others to this day.

My quest is to find some sort of answer to the complexities of life. Join me on this perilous journey, as I slay dragons, defeat zombies, and uncover the hidden truths inside.

Poking holes through tough situations, and learning to find the humor in everyday life. Sometimes, life sucks, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the world. (not yet, I promise)

Quips of Profanity may ensue. 

 

Series Release: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Series Updated: Every other Wednesday

 

Don't Forget to Write

What happens when life doesn't go as planned? What happens when you have more questions than answers? What happens when you realize you'll never have everything figured out?  Don't Forget to Write examines these adventures into adulthood including high school graduation, college memories, losing her job, love, life and loss. Sarah shares her collection of essays written from personal experience.

Tachycardia

It's a hectic world. From every angle of your life, there is seemingly every reason to worry, complain, fight, call out, or ignore. The power of "no" and "not my problem" is strong. It's seemingly easier to put on blinders, put one foot in front of the other, and keep to yourself. 

This series is an encouragement to the spirit of edification, identifying the dubious and cliches, and hopefully guide you to a path of confidence. There are no magic buttons or catchy phrases to make life perfect. Progress, however, is an attainable goal for any of us. 

With a lifetime of travel and wisdom-producing failures, I explore the most controversial of topics and dirtiest avenues to discuss what is healthiest to the heart and the head. From stories about immigration to politicking, from loneliness in D.C. to wild parties in Vegas, there is much to learn you probably never realized you didn't know. 

read. research. stay interested.

No Vacancy

No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline industry, affairs, addiction, unorthodox relationships, male species, and female anatomy, to name just a few.

Lessons I've Learned the Hard Way

You know when someone says, “learn from my experience,” or “don’t make the same mistakes I did,” and you’re like “oh I probably shouldn’t do that thing”? I’m one of those people who doesn’t have that capability. I don’t learn from anyone else’s mistakes; I’ve had to learn most of my lessons the hard way - by making my own mistakes, living through the consequences, and coming out the other side. I’m also one of those people who the universe likes to throw stuff at faster than I can possibly handle it. So, my life isn’t always fun, but it’s always interesting and there are always lessons to be learned. 

In this series, I’ll share the stories of the lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to learn from my mistakes and not make the same ones. 

Unfixed Timelines

Secrets buried under the sands of Turkey, the murder of a small-town sheriff, zombies at Vicksburg, otherworldly entities recruiting at a high society ball, and a daring escape from pirates. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and in these five stories, the two are blended into tales of alternate history. Short stories appear every other week, and essays on the historical events related to stories are posted in the intervening weeks.

Travel on a Different Plane

Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

Letters to the Weathergirl

Letters to the Weathergirl follows a man who pens letters to the Weathergirl of a local news channel as he watches her on TV. Obsession or true love? An overzealous fan or an intimate lover? A beautiful romantic or a loser lost in a world of fantasy? Read these letters from a man sitting in his easychair writing and unravel much about heartbreak, desire, isolation, love, pop culture, new beginnings, and more.

So, You're Thirty!

When did I become an adult...and what do I do now?

A weekly tongue-in-cheek "How-To" column about surviving your 30s.

The "How-Tos" (or how-to-NOTs) encompass the daily and general life-perplexity of a 30-something single professional, attempting to work, date and recreate in the city.

 

Words from the Fringe: The Big, Bad World of Outsider Lit.

Follow David A. Estringel, a published "outsider" poet and short-fiction writer, as he bulldozes his way through the literati, rigid literary journal/magazine aesthetics, and rejection form letters on his never-ending quest to be legit. Be on the lookout for errant poems, short stories, interviews with other "outsider" artists, and all around shenanigans, as David shares what it is like on the outside, looking in.

Letters to Kalis

These are the things that I'll never get to say in person.

Kalis (sounds like: kah-Lease)

I thought pregnancy was just the beginning of a life-long relationship between my baby girl and me. Instead, Kalis stayed just long enough after her birth to hug me goodbye.

Thinking of her, talking to her, and being aware of the signs she sends me are how I deal with the realities of being a bereaved parent. This series of letters to my Kalis is based on the journal "Letters to My Baby in Heaven". 

Heal with me on the 1st and 15th of every month as I send love letters to my baby girl in Heaven.

The Domesticated Poet

A behind the curtain look at life for this poet/Stay at home mom. Join me as I discover what it takes to balance the two as well as break the sterotypes that go along with both. 

Lines in the Gravel

Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Vista of a Sisyphean Mind

Vista of a sisyphean mind series looks at the world in a unique perspective that is inspiring and motivating. The series is an exploration into the greatness of life.

Inspirational short stories (fiction) are also published here.

 

Adventures with the Medical Brigade

One writer. A city full of medical professionals. Time to keep up with the Drs. Jones. 

Follow Amy through various awkward encounters and strange experiences while she tries to define herself as a creative writer in a city completely devoted to practical medicine. "Bohemian Rhapsody" meets Grey's Anatomy in this kooky but true clash of right brain/left brain living.

Stories from the Roller Coaster

Al Ainsworth graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration. His career plan was to coach baseball at one high school for 40 years, win multiple state championships, and impact generations of young men. His family plan was to marry at age 22, begin a family at age 25, and complete that family by age 30.

Over 25 years into his life plan, he can look back on a coaching career that lasted just 13 years at three different schools. A subsequent career in pastoral ministry lasted eight years before giving way to his current endeavors as a teacher of learning disabled students and as a writer, speaker, and legacy builder. In between he has done everything from lawn care and landscaping to paper routes, membership sales, tool sales (for a week), glass installation, and even a couple of years as actuarial analyst.

And that family plan? Age 22 came and went without so much as a date. In his own words, he was an "idiot" when it came to his courtship of his future wife. Three children later--with a couple of twists and turns--they continue a counter-intuitive faith ride in Hernando, Mississippi.

This is their story.

Songs for Warriors: Poetry & Prose

Music has always been a tool of the resistance.

To sing in the midst of pain and anguish is an act of bravery.

They told her she would never amount to anything-

They said that she was “blind, barren, and ugly.”

But they were wrong- She was a warrior.

In the pages of this collection, journey with the author as she overcomes the anguish of past abuse, the pain of sight loss, and the heartache of knowing that her rare medical condition will never allow her to have children of her own. "Songs for Warriors," is an invitation for you to never stop fighting- even when every day feels like a battle.

Songs for Warriors, is a collection of poetry, micro-poetry, prose, and essays to inspire you on your journey through life. 

In ancient times, poetry was set to music. The bards sang songs of hope and freedom. These songs are for you.

Maternal Instincts

Real life scenarios from being a mother of two children with the laugh or you might cry attitude. Laugh out loud stories that are relatable to all parents.

The Misadventures of a Struggling Granola

Have you ever woken up tired and clueless on how you ended up almost forty? Darcie Cameron has and is on a spiritual quest to make the most out of her life. The Misadventures of a Granola Junkie is a humorous outlook on her life as she attempts to find her way through a myriad of self-help, spiritual, and fitness advice.

Join her on her journey as she attempts staggering feats of giving up coffee for a 21 day cleanse, setting intentions to make a million dollars off of this column, and the art of not so quiet meditation.

Life is always an adventure and Darcie is bound to find it! Even when she is falling off her yoga matt, knocking over her water bottle, and landing hard on her ass. This column is all about the bruises and bumps with everything in between while trying to master the good life. 

Fine Lines and Ambiguities

How do we form our identities as we grow from children, to young adults, to new adults? What does it mean to grow up in America the child of two immigrants? To have one foot in two cultures, belonging to neither? How do you understand your place in the world with a sibling with a chronic disorder? How do you build a life around childhood, adolescent, and adult mental health issues? I'm attempting to answer those questions through my story, because you've got that story, too.

Series artwork is done by Emmy Colon: www.midnightingart.com. She's the bomb dot com.

His Eye Is On the Sparrow

His Eye Is On the Sparrow is a twice-monthly devotional series by Karen Smith. Sometimes what we read in our current English language Bible is difficult to understand, and these devotionals will dig deeper into the cultural and belief systems of those Biblical times, helping the seeker understand what the writer was trying to say then, and how to apply that lesson now.  Walk with me, and let's share the journey.

Humor the Antidepressant

A humorous barreling toward sarcastic take on people, events, and life in general. 

This Side of Triumph

Drafts of drama, poetry and other works from a Brighton-based actor/writer.

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"This side of triumph

Sleep uncoils across

The stones we perch on."

 

 

Coffee and Criticisms

A look into gender roles, resistance and the journey so far-over a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

What a Life! What a Day!

How does Mona Lisa spend her day? What does Mr. Plod have for breakfast? What does the Man in the Moon think of us here on earth? Find out in What a Life! What a Day! A spoof of the UK's Sunday Times series, A Life in the Day, WaLWaD asks famous mythical, literary or biblical figures, or even objects or concepts, to describe a typical day. Humorous, irreverent, instructive, or just plain wacky, WalWaD will have you thinking outside the box even as you chuckle. Every Monday, starting 1st June.

The Art Of Holding On Too Long

A series of non-fiction essays, articles, and prose pieces on the topic of love, memories, mistakes, and holding on much longer than one should.

Who am I? Who are you?

An antidote to the 'gene-centred' view of what makes us who we are, this series considers topical issues reflecting how we see ourselves. From genetic modifications to end of life decisions, how do these issues influence our self perspective?  What makes us who we are? Join me on this journey of discovery. We may be surprised by what we find. 

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why it left you with a feeling of dissatisfaction so subtle that you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Have you ever wondered how to tell if you're watching a movie through the male gaze? Then look no further. Feminist Flicker is here to shine a light on those shadiest of cinematic corners.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that...View Series



No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like...View Series



What does it mean to call a place home? What if that place is halfway across the world?

Working for a study abroad program in Kaikoura, New Zealand, Lauren taught students the importance of "home-making." When it came to home-making Lauren didn't hold back: connecting with the community, playing open mics at the local pub, and befriending strangers on hiking trips...View Series



"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

 View Series


Who am I really?

Well, that is the everlasting question. The answer that still eludes me, and so many others to this day.

My quest is to find some sort of answer to the complexities of life. Join me on this perilous journey, as I slay dragons, defeat zombies, and uncover the hidden truths inside.

Poking holes through tough situations, and learning to find the humor in everyday...View Series



What happens when life doesn't go as planned? What happens when you have more questions than answers? What happens when you realize you'll never have everything figured out?  Don't Forget to Write examines these adventures into adulthood including high school graduation, college memories, losing her job, love, life and loss. Sarah shares her collection of essays...View Series


It's a hectic world. From every angle of your life, there is seemingly every reason to worry, complain, fight, call out, or ignore. The power of "no" and "not my problem" is strong. It's seemingly easier to put on blinders, put one foot in front of the other, and keep to yourself. 

This series is an encouragement to the spirit of edification, identifying...View Series



No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline...View Series



You know when someone says, “learn from my experience,” or “don’t make the same mistakes I did,” and you’re like “oh I probably shouldn’t do that thing”? I’m one of those people who doesn’t have that capability. I don’t learn from anyone else’s mistakes; I’ve had to learn most of my lessons the hard way - by making...View Series


Secrets buried under the sands of Turkey, the murder of a small-town sheriff, zombies at Vicksburg, otherworldly entities recruiting at a high society ball, and a daring escape from pirates. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and in these five stories, the two are blended into tales of alternate history. Short stories appear every other week, and essays on the historical events related to stories...View Series


Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

 View Series


Letters to the Weathergirl follows a man who pens letters to the Weathergirl of a local news channel as he watches her on TV. Obsession or true love? An overzealous fan or an intimate lover? A beautiful romantic or a loser lost in a world of fantasy? Read these letters from a man sitting in his easychair writing and unravel much about heartbreak, desire, isolation, love, pop culture,...View Series


When did I become an adult...and what do I do now?

A weekly tongue-in-cheek "How-To" column about surviving your 30s.

The "How-Tos" (or how-to-NOTs) encompass the daily and general life-perplexity of a 30-something single professional, attempting to work, date and recreate in the city.

 

 View Series


Follow David A. Estringel, a published "outsider" poet and short-fiction writer, as he bulldozes his way through the literati, rigid literary journal/magazine aesthetics, and rejection form letters on his never-ending quest to be legit. Be on the lookout for errant poems, short stories, interviews with other "outsider" artists, and all around shenanigans, as David...View Series


These are the things that I'll never get to say in person.

Kalis (sounds like: kah-Lease)

I thought pregnancy was just the beginning of a life-long relationship between my baby girl and me. Instead, Kalis stayed just long enough after her birth to hug me goodbye.

Thinking of her, talking to her, and being aware of the signs she sends me are how...View Series



A behind the curtain look at life for this poet/Stay at home mom. Join me as I discover what it takes to balance the two as well as break the sterotypes that go along with both. 

 View Series


Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

 View Series


Vista of a sisyphean mind series looks at the world in a unique perspective that is inspiring and motivating. The series is an exploration into the greatness of life.

Inspirational short stories (fiction) are also published here.

 

 View Series


One writer. A city full of medical professionals. Time to keep up with the Drs. Jones. 

Follow Amy through various awkward encounters and strange experiences while she tries to define herself as a creative writer in a city completely devoted to practical medicine. "Bohemian Rhapsody" meets Grey's Anatomy in this kooky but true clash of right...View Series



Al Ainsworth graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration. His career plan was to coach baseball at one high school for 40 years, win multiple state championships, and impact generations of young men. His family plan was to marry at age 22, begin a family at age 25, and complete that family by age 30.

Over 25 years into his life plan,...View Series



Music has always been a tool of the resistance.

To sing in the midst of pain and anguish is an act of bravery.

They told her she would never amount to anything-

They said that she was “blind, barren, and ugly.”

But they were wrong- She was a warrior.

In the pages of...View Series



Real life scenarios from being a mother of two children with the laugh or you might cry attitude. Laugh out loud stories that are relatable to all parents.

 View Series


Have you ever woken up tired and clueless on how you ended up almost forty? Darcie Cameron has and is on a spiritual quest to make the most out of her life. The Misadventures of a Granola Junkie is a humorous outlook on her life as she attempts to find her way through a myriad of self-help, spiritual, and fitness advice.

Join her on her journey as she attempts staggering feats of giving...View Series



How do we form our identities as we grow from children, to young adults, to new adults? What does it mean to grow up in America the child of two immigrants? To have one foot in two cultures, belonging to neither? How do you understand your place in the world with a sibling with a chronic disorder? How do you build a life around childhood, adolescent, and adult mental health issues? I'm...View Series


His Eye Is On the Sparrow is a twice-monthly devotional series by Karen Smith. Sometimes what we read in our current English language Bible is difficult to understand, and these devotionals will dig deeper into the cultural and belief systems of those Biblical times, helping the seeker understand what the writer was trying to say then, and how to apply that lesson now.  Walk with me, and let's...View Series


A humorous barreling toward sarcastic take on people, events, and life in general. 

 View Series


Drafts of drama, poetry and other works from a Brighton-based actor/writer.

.

"This side of triumph

Sleep uncoils across

The stones we perch on."

 

 

 View Series


A look into gender roles, resistance and the journey so far-over a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

 View Series


How does Mona Lisa spend her day? What does Mr. Plod have for breakfast? What does the Man in the Moon think of us here on earth? Find out in What a Life! What a Day! A spoof of the UK's Sunday Times series, A Life in the Day, WaLWaD asks famous mythical, literary or biblical figures, or even objects or concepts, to describe a typical day. Humorous, irreverent, instructive,...View Series


A series of non-fiction essays, articles, and prose pieces on the topic of love, memories, mistakes, and holding on much longer than one should.

 View Series


An antidote to the 'gene-centred' view of what makes us who we are, this series considers topical issues reflecting how we see ourselves. From genetic modifications to end of life decisions, how do these issues influence our self perspective?  What makes us who we are? Join me on this journey of discovery. We may be surprised by what we find. 

 View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.