Category Archives: Devi’s Discourse

On alternating weeks, Devi will explore various themes as they pertain to film and feminism.

There’s been much ado on the topic of CULTURAL APPROPRIATION in storytelling –often regarding the debate, “should a White person write a story about a Black person’s experience?” In a similar vein we might question the issue of gender appropriation, i.e. should a man write a story about a woman’s experience? There are strong arguments […]

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With all this talk about PASSING THE BECHDEL TEST and the implied stigma attached to films that don’t, has anyone stopped to consider what films don’t pass the Reverse Bechdel Test and the consequent repercussions therein? I’d be willing to guess screenwriter ABI MORGAN has. After all, she penned the screenplay for SUFFRAGETTE, a rare […]

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Last time, I took to task the male-driven film, Manchester By the Sea, for aggrandizing bad male behavior while resigning its female characters to the limited patriarchal roles of crying, nurturing and providing sex. Lamentably, this profile fits far too many male-driven films, and this malpractice needs to stop. For starters, it’s bad storytelling. Constantin […]

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