Author Archives: jonathan

The Fantastic Masculinity of Newt Scamander

As a cultural critic, I watch a ridiculous number of movies, always on the lookout for more positive Hollywood representations of masculinity. I usually walk out of the theater disappointed but occasionally the stars align and I find myself pleasantly surprised. That’s how I felt after seeing Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Newt […]

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Born Sexy Yesterday

This video essay is about a gendered trope that has bothered me for years but didn’t have a name, so I gave it one: Born Sexy Yesterday. It’s a science fiction convention where the mind of what’s essentially a naive, yet highly skilled, girl is written into the body of a mature sexualized woman. Born […]

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Romance According to Harrison Ford Movies

Harrison Ford has played some of the most iconic male heroes ever to appear on film. Many of his most popular characters antagonize women, disregard basic ideas of consent and ultimately force themselves on their love interests. Although each movie attempts to frame these actions as sexy or romantic, predatory is a more fitting description. […]

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The Stormtrooper Paradox: Finn’s Awakening

The Force Awakens does what no other movie in the long running Star Wars franchise has even done before: it humanizes Stormtroopers. Strangely the filmmakers seen unaware of the rather profound implications their new narrative has for the rest of their cinematic universe. SUPPORT This videographic essay was made possible by support from viewers like […]

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Donald Trump And The Lovable Misogynist Trope

Why wasn’t Donald Trump’s blatant and unashamed misogyny a deal breaker for voters? I argue it has a lot to do with the ways pop culture, especially television sitcoms, work to normalizes sexist behavior. SUPPORT This videographic essay was made possible by support from viewers like you! If you’d like to see more videos focusing […]

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