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Moana review- Disney’s Polynesian princess movie can’t help itself

Published in Odd and Fun on 14th November 2017

Culturally accurate and with a pleasing know who you are message, this South Pacific adventure tale nevertheless determines into empowerment cliches Disney animations never have it easy. They have been accused of ethnic stereotyping and of having a white-centric worldview. But when they attempt to embrace other cultures, the studio is told off for appropriation. […]

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Paula Hawkins: The female behind The Girl on the Train

Published in Odd and Fun on 14th November 2017

The author of the record-breaking thriller to the reasons why she gave up writing romcoms, never wanted “childrens and” her surprise success There are not many authors who can say their lucky break came with the banking collapse of 2008 but Paula Hawkins, author of the record-breaking British thriller The Girl on the Train , […]

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Surely it’s time American women’s equality was added to the constitution

Published in Odd and Fun on 10th November 2017

For my documentary, Equal Means Equal, I spoke to women across the US to argue that full equality under the law is necessary enshrined in the constitution Im Alice Paul, and Im back to haunt you because youve done nothing to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. These words were uttered to me in 2009 by […]

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Elisabeth Moss on The Handmaid’s Tale: ‘It is a feminist story’

Published in Odd and Fun on 10th November 2017

The Mad Men actor on the sex politics behind the years biggest TV present and its eerie parallels with the Trump age We live in a different time than we lived in a year ago, says Elisabeth Moss. And I wish we were sitting here talking about this dystopian fictional world, and how glad we […]

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If You Love Your Pet, Why Do You Eat Animals?

Published in Odd and Fun on 9th November 2017

All Animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. This famous quote from George Orwells The Animal Farm shouldnt of course just take literally, but lets be beautifully ignorant for a moment and take the line at face value . First people were gatherers and hunters. When animals or food/ vegetables were scarce, […]

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Elisabeth Moss on The Handmaid’s Tale: ‘It is a feminist story’

Published in Odd and Fun on 9th November 2017

The Mad Men actor on the sexual politics behind the years biggest TV reveal and its eerie parallels with the Trump age We live in a different time than we lived in a year ago, says Elisabeth Moss. And I wish “were in” sitting here talking about this dystopian fictional world, and how glad we […]

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Porn in the classroom? Here’s why it induces sense | Jenni Murray

Published in Odd and Fun on 8th November 2017

We have a choice: either let young people learn their lessons from online pornography, or intervene What a cat I set among the pigeons last week by suggesting, in answer to a question about pornography at a literary celebration, that it should be considered suitable for pupils to watch and analyse this material in schools. […]

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What makes a Man Booker novel? Six shortlisted authors share their secrets

Published in Odd and Fun on 6th November 2017

Ahead of the announcement of the 2017 awards next week, the tales behind the stories Paul Auster on 4321 Usually the material of a novel comes to me before I have a sort in mind. But with 4321 , for the first time in my writing life, the idea of the kind came first- the […]

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Moana review- Disney’s Polynesian princess movie can’t help itself

Published in Odd and Fun on 3rd November 2017

Culturally accurate and with a please know who you are message, this South Pacific adventure tale nevertheless determines into empowerment cliches Disney animations never have it easy. They have been accused of ethnic stereotyping and of having a white-centric worldview. But when they attempt to embrace other cultures, the studio is told off for appropriation. […]

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Telling the narrative behind Roe v Wade: ‘The play illuminates choice’

Published in Odd and Fun on 27th October 2017

As Roe, a stage production centered on the landmark abortion case of the 1970 s, makes Washington DC, playwright Lisa Loomer discusses its prescience In a normal election year, without the dozens of distractions, it would have been a jaw-dropping moment. Do you want to see the court overturn Roe v Wade? Donald Trump was […]

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