Posts Tagged ‘Twilight’

The Morning After: Soft-Core Skeleton Edition

*Broadsheet's Tracy Clark-Flory reports on an X-ray manufacturer's foray into the pin-up market. Clark-Flory's take: "damn, these skele-girls got femurs for daaays. As the Weekly Vice suggests, I guess the message here is that beauty isn't skin deep, after all. Or something." I think the real message here is that even Skeletors can look [...]

The Decade In Masculinity

Think boys are simply born into their masculine gender role? Consider, for a moment, how quickly the cultural norms of acceptable maleness can change. The past decade of masculine fads saw cultural expressions of manliness range from finely-groomed boy bands to shlumpy stoners to blowed-out "guidos." The versions of masculinity that gained popularity in the [...]

Patience Is A (Feminist) Virtue

Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can
Seldom found in woman, never found in man.
We often hear that "patience is a virtue." It's the second half of the sentiment largely goes unspoken: Patience is a virtue for women. What is patience, exactly? In Helper By Design, Elyse Fitzpatrick's guide to submitting to your man [...]

Buffy Vs. Edward Cullen: A Feminist Mash-Up

In this video mash-up wedding the Buffy the Vampire series and the Twilight movie, editor Jonathan McIntosh presents "a critique of Edward’s character and generally creepy behavior" in order to expose "the more patriarchal gender roles and sexist Hollywood tropes embedded in the Twilight saga." I'm all for Buffy smacking down anybody. Still, aren't we [...]

The Morning After: “Decadent” Gay Lifestyle Edition

* FOX News is concerned that the inauguration will just be one big, gay party. In a sea of boring inaugural coverage, it's S.E. Cupp for the win! Drink this in, sinners:
But the gay-themed events have some conservative critics expressing concerns that while the celebration may be gay-friendly, it won't be family-friendly.

Totally Devastating Twilight News!

Variety is reporting that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke will not return to direct the sequel to the breakaway abstinence only tween vampire hit, New Moon. Does this mean that the next movie in the series will make any fucking sense? Say it ain't so:
... in an unusual move after the successful launch of a [...]

Podcast: Five Minutes* You’ll Never Get Back

Welcome back to another edition of Five Minutes* You'll Never Get Back, City Paper's sex and politics podcast. This week, City Lights Editor Mike Riggs and I discuss the pros and cons of cinema's most recent abstinence-only vegetarian tween vampire phenomenon, Twilight. (Our usual cohort, Intern Bobby, gets a pass this week).

Topics discussed: Jane Austen, [...]

In Defense of Abstinence-Only Vampirism

Much has been made of the "true love waits" aspect of current tween blockbuster Twilight, a pseudo-Christian, vegetarian vampire romance composed largely of aching stares of longing betwixt vampire and human, and capped by an anti-climactic prom scene (based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer). For the uninitiated, the abstinence part comes in when comely [...]