Tag: Media Savvy

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: SEPTEMBER 3

    September 3rd, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Denise’s Test, Part 2: More Positive Media Depictions of People of Size

    August 24th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    As I continue to search for positive depictions of people of size on stage and screen, I’ve come up with several more examples. As a reminder, to pass Denise’s Test the character of size must be treated like any other person on the show. They might be villains or heroes and they might be loved or loathed by the audience, but they’re not there in the context of a stereotype or joke. They’re not a) a stock “villainous glutton” or a related trope; b) they’re not the token “funny fat guy” who exists only for comic relief, and c) their existence is neither defined nor dominated by obsession or contentious relationships with food. Part 2 continues to focus on people of size that appear as main or supporting characters. READ MORE

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: AUGUST 20

    August 20th, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: AUGUST 12

    August 12th, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    MID-WEEK ROUND UP: AUGUST 6

    August 6th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: July 15

    July 15th, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    Denise’s Test: In search of fair media depictions of people of size

    July 13th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    It’s not particularly common to find fat people depicted in a positive light in films and television shows. They’re far more likely to be cast as unpleasant characters, and in the instances where they’re actually given a lot of screen time, it’s often for comic relief. And of course, they’re frequently depicted eating a lot. Everyone knows about the Bechdel Test for depictions of women in media. I couldn’t find anything similar about fair depictions of people of size, so I developed my own test. READ MORE

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    Magic Mike Likes It Big

    July 9th, 2015     by Nish Israni     Comments

    Just watched Magic Mike XXL with my bestie, and have to say that I was very disappointed. The plot was very weak, loose and didn’t follow that well. I couldn’t for the life of me explain or justify what happens in the film during the parts where there aren’t sexy men dancing for a crowd, but I did think to myself as I left the theatre that big women were quite the focus of the film and perhaps even inspired the title. Throughout the film, I noticed big women making appearances—in line to get into the clubs with their friends, or sitting on the couches watching the acts, or dancing with their friends. READ MORE

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    Q & A with Sabrina Ramnanan

    June 30th, 2015     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    Toronto writer Sabrina Ramnanan’s debut novel, Nothing Like Love (Random House), follows a cast of Trinidadian villagers through one summer month filled with hijinks and humour. The novel’s protagonist, an eighteen-year-old girl named Vimla, unwittingly finds herself at the centre of attention after being caught frolicking in the mangrove trees with Krishna, the village pundit’s son. Scandal ensues, and, in the process of dealing with the shame-mongers and a broken heart, Vimla ends up discovering what it is she actually wants. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: June 11

    June 11th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Scandal and Emotional Abuse

    June 9th, 2015     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    If there is one thing that is for sure on ABC’s hit TV show, Scandal, it is that Olivia Pope is one of the bravest people ever. She is brave not only because of the daily struggles that she negotiates everyday as one of the most powerful fictional women in US politics, but also because of the strength that she displays in dealing with her father, Rowan Pope, a source of toxicity in her life. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: June 4

    June 4th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry: An Inside Out Perspective

    June 2nd, 2015     by Nish Israni     Comments

    Did you know that this year was Inside Out Film Festival’s 25th Anniversary? The long running LGBT festival took place from May 21-31, screening all of its films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. I was lucky to catch a few films during the 10-day queer/trans movie extravaganza. I plan on reporting back on the films that I watched, sharing my reviews with Shameless readers, starting with the premiere of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: May 21

    May 21st, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    Why the Jem Trailer makes me sad

    May 19th, 2015     by Denise Reich     Comments

    When I learned that a film about Jem and the Holograms was in the works, I was apprehensive. I did, however, vow to give the Jem movie a chance. That went out the window the moment I saw the trailer. The new film has seemingly removed every single aspect of what made Jem so special and empowering for young girls, from the bright colours on down. Was the original show perfect? Not at all. It did, however, deserve better than it seems to have received. READ MORE

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    The Mayweather Spectacle: What the ‘Fight of the Century’ Tells Us About Violence Against Women

    May 14th, 2015     by Maria Arseniuk     Comments

    On May 2, 2015 McCarran airport became “the richest runway in the world” as roughly 100 private planes totaling $1.5 billion in value lined the Las Vegas airport tarmac, wing to wing. The event that drew unprecedented crowds, temporarily closing the airport, was the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand. The match, with a record number audience of 400 million and a $300 million payout, was dubbed “The Fight of the Century.” Pacquiao is an eight-division world champion. Mayweather is the undefeated, five-division world champion with eleven world titles. He is also a known abuser. READ MORE

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    Mid-Week Round Up: May 13

    May 13th, 2015     by Caitlin Blennerhassett     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: April 30

    April 30th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: April 15

    April 15th, 2015     by Jessie Hale     Comments

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    Mid-Week Round Up: April 8

    April 8th, 2015     by Ronak Ghorbani     Comments

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