There's been some debate over whether Disney's new film, "Saving Mr. Banks," is borderline sexist or fairly accurate, mostly in regards to the portrayal of P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins (played by Emma Thompson). In a review of the film for LA Weekly, writer Amy Nicholson explains that Travers is portrayed as uptight and, well, bitchy, while Walt Disney, (Tom Hanks) comes off as a hero. Nicholson's reader's were pretty up in arms about these ... Read More
  Religious or not, many worship the Christmas tree. Within religious literature and the most personal family traditions, the tree represents birth and death; every winter, we might erect it and toss it aside weeks later, only to have it reborn next year. Sometimes we immortalize real trees with precious ornaments and family photographs that will be framed forever.     For those of us who mourn our trees after they leave our homes is Gergo ... Read More
On her blog, Momastery, Glennon Doyle Melton shares her awesome answer to her daughter's question: "Mom, am I pretty?" While many may have simply said 'yes,' Melton's response was a little more complex—she takes emphasis away from the word "pretty" and physical beauty in general. Here is an excerpt of what she said: “I think you’re pretty, Tish. I think you are very, very pretty. But pretty is a weak word, because it means different things ... Read More
  For his touching series “One Day My Child You Will Be,” the famed photographer Malo reminds viewers of the attainability of childhood dreams. The work comprises a group of images in which his then 3-month-old daughter dresses for various careers and lifestyles. In a total breakdown of the gendered ways in which infants might be portrayed in the photos above the mantel, she becomes a superhero, a doctor, a ballerina, and even the first female ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of prostitution While on display at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects little over a week ago, Malerie Marder’s thirty portraits hung unframed, pinned simply to the wall. Part of the artist’s first solo show, each photograph in Anatomy depicts one of the Netherlands’s diverse group of legal sex workers. The work is also available in book form.     In previous projects, Marder has ... Read More