Anybody who has ever met me can agree on one important point: I am a pop culture addict, with a list of favorite TV shows and movies a mile long. Some of my all-time heroes are fictional ones and it’s undeniable that even fictional depictions of women deeply impact the way girls and women view themselves and model their lives. Unfortunately, these representations are often based on stereotypical gender roles — including a serious lack of representation of female athletes. This may not seem like the most pressing issue, but studies have shown that girls who participate in sports have greater self esteem and participating in sports imparts valuable lessons. Modeling the benefits of sports in the media has the potential to impact countless girls, which is why I want …
A lot of people may criticize Juno, saying that it’s an unrealistic portrayal of teen pregnancy (and these are valid claims) – but it’s hard to deny how awesome Ellen Page was in that movie. She’s funny, clearly smart and a very talented actress and she definitely deserves some FBomb love.
Born Ellen Philpotts-Page on February 21, 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The daughter of a teacher and a graphic designer, Ellen Page took an interest in theater from a young age. She performed in her first local production in the fifth grade and won Canada’s prestigious Gemini nomination for her role in the made-for-TV movie Pit Pony in 1997. The busy actress went on to appear in several Canadian television series, including the Pit Pony spin-off, …
Jos at Feministing already has a great review of Whip It posted, and I don’t want to ruin the plot for those readers who have yet to see the movie. Here’s
a review in brief: Go see it. Now.
I went to the local premiere with my 11 year old sister’s Girl Scout troop. It was the best Girl Scout field trip ever — I’m so glad that the troop saw such a pro-girl movie. Whip It’s plot is based off the young adult novel Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, who also wrote the screenplay. The book’s influence is clear: exposition, character development and the plot arc all play like a YA novel, not a
traditional movie. Whip It is unusual in that it …
couldn't find an image online...so here's my copy! yayayayyy
Every so often, a magical thing happens. I open the mailbox and buried beneath bills that have no relevance to me and the catalogues that try to sell me more useless crap, there is Bust Magazine. Today was one of those days.
But today was even more magical for two reasons (2.5 really):
1) Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat are on the cover to promote Whip It!, and therefore are interviewed (ashdklfjasldkfjalkdsfh!!!!). In addition to my love for these young women in general, they also represent the brilliance of Juno and Arrested Development. Clever writing just doesn’t get any better than in these two pieces of artistry.
2) The article after the cover interview: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – …
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE.
I love Ellen Page. If they made a movie that consisted entirely of her eating soup and talking to a cat, I'd see it. And I'd love it. I'm weird, moving on.
Drew Barrymore directed, and joining Ellen are Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig and Alia Shawkat (Maeby from Arrested Development!)
Totally girl-centric (not just that but super-talented girls, as well) and looks like it paints these girls as passionate and powerful. I'm psyched!
Thanks to Appetite for Equal Rights for the heads up!