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On Newt Scamander, Toxic Masculinity, & The Power Of Hufflepuff Heroes

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Full disclosure: I have not yet seen the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and prior to reading this article, I did not have much interest in doing so. My interest, however, is now piqued. Having read all of the Harry Potter series, and seen all the films, I cannot help but be…

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Resistance, Caring, & “Mask”ulinity: The Feminist Message of the Dudes in The Force Awakens

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The Force Awakens, in addition to giving us a well-rounded female lead,* is chock-full of men who display vulnerabilities, empathy, and kindness, and one man who is struggling with living up to the ideals and expectations of toxic masculinity (referred to in the Star Wars universe as: The Dark Side). This article explores the ways…

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“Mad Max” Is A Feminist Playbook For Surviving Dystopia

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SPOILER ALERT: Maybe the finest, most feminist, moment in Mad Max: Fury Road comes when Max, with only three bullets in his rifle, misses the mark twice; rather than taking a third and final shot, full of masculine hubris, hands the rifle over to Furiosa, who not only hits the mark on the first try,…

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