My first article for Reel Good, an online film magazine focused on classic, international and cult cinema.
Ever wondered what body horror-noir films like Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In (2011) and Georges Franju’s Eyes Without A Face (1960) are saying about gender?
Well shame on you! Read my article :)
So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I…
This article sheds some light on how Dove manages to pretend to be progressive, whilst promoting regressive attitudes towards beauty and the worth of women.
It’s crazy how an ad can be so sneaky - telling women to be less harsh on themselves, while ending with an explicitly stated message about beauty: “It couldn’t be more critical to your happiness.”
What we should be questioning is not how we see ourselves, but how we see ‘beauty’. It’s a subjective and formless thing - it doesn’t really exist.
Tilda Swinton, photographed by Floria Sigismondi for David Bowie’s ”The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”, 2013.
(click the image for extremely high-res photo.)