Category Archives: Media

Strong Female Characters

Favorites
Lisbeth Salander (Män som hatar kvinnor)
Frances Farmer (Frances)
Ripley (Alien)
Elizabeth Shaw (Prometheus)
Ellie Arroway (Contact)
Maggie Fitzgerald (Million Dollar Baby)
Mallory Kane (Haywire)
Christine Collins (Changeling)
Mattie Ross (True Grit)
Lisa Reisert (Red Eye)
Marge Gunderson (Fargo)
Clarice Starling (The Silence Of The Lambs)
Sarah Connor (The Terminator)
Ryan Stone (Gravity)
The Bride (Kill Bill)
Jackie Brown
Erin Brockovich
Karen Silkwood
Ree Dolly (Winter’s Bone)
Mildred Pierce
Marie Curie (Madame Curie)
Stella Gibson (The Fall)
Shosanna Dreyfus (Inglourious Basterds)

Need Further Exploration
Jordan O’Neil (G.I. Jane)
Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)
Diana Guzman (Girlfight)
Gloria (Gloria, 1980)
Hanna (Hanna)
Jen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Bree Daniels (Klute)
Norma Rae Webster (Norma Rae)
Josey Aimes (North Country)
Temple Grandin
Tina Turner (What’s Love Got To Do With It)
Dian Fossey (Gorillas in the Mist)
Sabina Spielrein (A Dangerous Method)
Ada McGrath (The Piano)
Diana Christensen (Network)
Edna Gladney (Blossoms in the Dust)

Jefferson on the Press

The notorious publisher James Callendar lived by a different standard: he printed whatever spin he was paid to spin. As long as he was being subsidized by Vice President Thomas Jefferson, he blasted President John Adams and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton as traitors. But later, when President Jefferson refused to nominate his former co-conspirator as postmaster of Richmond, Callendar turned his wrath on the Sage of Monticello: “It is well known that the man, whom it delighteth the people to honor, keeps and for many years, has kept as his concubine, one of his own slaves. Her name is Sally.”

A royally pissed-off Jefferson got even with Callendar by denouncing newspaper publishers for eternity: “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

Spin This!: All the Ways We Don’t Tell the Truth, Bill Press, 2001