Books

Heroines of Self-Loathing

For generations, Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary have loomed as the nonpareils of self-loathing literary heroines. For Anna, guilt over having abandoned her husband and child, paired with a jealous nature, compels her to destroy the love she shares with Count Vronsky — and head for the train tracks. For Emma, dumped by a conscience-free […]

Movies

As Bollywood Evolves, Women Find Deeper Roles

“Women are born to make sacrifices for men.” This dialogue comes from the 1995 Bollywood film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” where the main character, Simran, has fallen in love but her family has already arranged for her to marry someone else. Her mother asks her to sacrifice that love in deference to her father’s wishes. […]

Books

‘Three Women’ Takes a Long, Close Look at Sex Lives

Each of us possesses three lives, Gabriel García Márquez told his biographer Gerald Martin: a public life, a private life and a secret life. Imagine a biography that only charted the secret life. The journalist Lisa Taddeo has produced something of the sort in “Three Women,” a vexed, nearly decade-long investigation into the sex lives […]

Movies

Inclusion Rider? What Inclusion Rider?

The term “inclusion rider” took Hollywood by storm after Frances McDormand introduced it in her 2018 Oscar acceptance speech. McDormand, the newly crowned best actress, had impeccable timing. The industry, brought low by #MeToo scandals, was scrambling to repent for the systemic predation of women and the exclusion of people of color. McDormand was offering […]

Movies

Animated Movies Give Women More Leadership Roles, Study Finds

The movie business has been famously tough on women, who have found themselves excluded from key roles throughout the decision-making and creative processes. But in parts of the animation industry, women have thrived. Women hold half of the leadership positions at the major film animation companies, new research has found. And, of the top 120 […]