Twisted Sister Lit Mag: “Comic Book Movies And The Women”

The excellent Twisted Sister Lit Magazine recently asked me to contribute some work for an upcoming issue focused on comic book movies. The first of these pieces – written exclusively for the site – is now available on the Twisted Sister Facebook page:

Comic Book Movies And The Women, by Sarah Myles.

Happy reading!

Feminist Flicker Excerpt Featured In Twisted Sister Magazine

I was very honoured recently when the fabulous editors at Twisted Sister Lit Mag reached out to me regarding my Feminist Flicker column on Channillo.com. As fans of the series, they wondered if I would be willing to provide an excerpt for them to share with their readers – and I was happy to oblige.

Twisted Sister is a fantastic, inclusive platform for writers to share work that has an intersectional feminist aspect – particularly work that leans toward a darker tone. So, I gave them an excerpt from my Feminist Flicker release that is all about women in horror films. It is almost the entire piece, and you can read it here, for free:

Feminist Flicker on Twisted Sister

Enjoy!

Batman Kills: The One Man Reign Of Terror We Love To Love (WGTC)

A feature written for http://www.wegotthiscovered.com , in which I outline the reasons why it is entirely fitting for the character of Batman to kill people in the recent film, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, despite many vocal claims to the contrary.

Batman Kills: The One Man Reign Of Terror We Love To Love

Read My Channillo Series For Free This Week!

You can read my Channillo series for free this week, as I have some bronze membership gift codes to give away.

Channillo is a serialised literature platform, featuring all forms of writing, from all kinds of authors. It is a subscription site that offers three levels of monthly Channillo membership. The bronze membership package allows you to subscribe to up to 10 series of your choice, and the free gift code provides this membership for three months.

Ordinarily, a bronze membership costs $4.99 (already a bargain!) but the nature of the site means that you can switch between whichever series you like, whenever you wish. Different series release new content at different times – daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly – which means that you can actually ‘chop and change’ to try countless different series, all with the minimum membership level – giving extraordinary value for money. And with these gift codes, you get three months for free.

I currently have 2 series on Channillo – both reflecting my passions, and build upon the work you’ve been reading here, on this site.

How To Wear Odd Socks: A quarterly series exploring my experience with Borderline Personality Disorder.

You just put them on, right? Oh, if only it were that simple.

This is the story of how I learned how to wear odd socks, via secluded gothic towers, the NHS, World War II air raids, gang violence, terrorist bombs and plane crashes.

No wonder I’m exhausted.

Feminist Flicker: A fortnightly series decoding sexism in movies. I have thus far covered films such as John Wick, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, The Switch, and Panic Room, among others.

Meet The Feminist Flicker. She may not have any super-cool gadgets, and she may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound – but, she can decode even the subtlest sexism in any given movie, with her Feminist Flicker-Vision.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that sexism in society is supported and promoted by sexism in the media – especially movies. Indeed, even the most beloved of films can sometimes be unmasked as a hive of insidious misogynist messages.

But fret not, dear reader. Just as Morpheus revealed the nature of the Matrix to Neo, so The Feminist Flicker is on hand to expose the truth to you – by decoding sexism in movies, one film at a time.

Please consider giving Channillo a try, as it is a great way for writers to share their work, and for readers to access fantastic content, in a flexible way, at bargain prices. Contact me via email, or through this site, before February 16th 2016 if you would like to take advantage of these free gift codes (one per user). I have a limited number available, so I am distributing them on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Thank you for reading.

 

How The Marvel Cinematic Universe Erases Women

My latest feature for We Got This Covered:

How The Marvel Cinematic Universe Erases Women

This feature works through every Marvel Cinematic Universe film released so far – from 2008’s Iron Man to 2015’s Ant Man – and discusses the various ways in which each of them erases women (particularly women of colour), and centres men (usually white ones). The result: the highest grossing film franchise of all time, built on misogyny.

An extract:

Those that benefit from having men at the centre of all things (hint: it’s not women), tend to spout standard responses such as, “It’s not the right time,” or, “It’s a complicated issue.” On the contrary, it’s really very simple, and all boils down to whether or not players are willing to make room on the field. When a studio and its flagship film franchise operates at the level of Marvel, there are two options available. Either it can prop up the status quo, or it can present a new, more realistically representative way of looking at the world. In other words, it can support white-centric patriarchy, or it can challenge it at every turn. Enjoyable though the films may be, with each one of its MCU releases to date, Marvel has chosen the former option, every time. While the reasons for that are unlikely to be any more complex than the unconscious bias of privileged men, the result remains the same – women are erased.