Here are some articles, books, movies, etc. which I have used in my posts or found interesting! In no particular order and updated (semi) regularly: – a discussion by various women about whether this aesthetically-pleasing train wreck of a film is feminist or not (spoiler: it’s not) – really interesting article about when and how women are allowed to commit acts of violence in cinema. See also: Bringing Back What’s Stolen by Innuendo Studios on YouTube. Seriously, watch all of it. – Alison Bechdel’s official website. The cartoonist who invented The Bechdel Test.

“Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” by Laura Mulvey. This is the essay which first coined the phrase ‘male gaze’. Laura Mulvey is a leading expert in feminist film theory and is, therefore, a massive idol of mine. – an interesting article I read about the toxicity of the male romantic leads in Hollywood. – an explanation of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” character trope (explained in detail in the article)

Hot Girls Wanted – an insightful and thorough look into the world of pornography and sexuality in the age of technology. Can be found on Netflix and is well worth watching. (The Science Inquisition) – we’ve got to big up our fellow bloggers. This one is a friend of mine, and aside from debunking stupid internet science, she’s an expert in BDSM (quoted in my feature of Fifty Shades and Female Pleasure).

European Nightmares by Patricia Allmer, Emily Brick and David Huxley – a must-read for any horror nerd. Also includes some great insights into the feminine in horror.

The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar – basically the definition of feminist literary criticism. I asked for this book for my 18th birthday (Yep. I’m a nerd) and it has defined my way of thinking and analysing female characters and authorship ever since.

The Second Sex – a book discussing the treatment of women throughout history and is often regarded as the starting point of second-wave feminism. – age differences in on-screen heterosexual couples are explored. And it’s not good. – how we damage the voices of women, not by looking at them in a different light, but by not looking at them at all. – a very long, very interesting philosophical entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia about feminism.

Men, Women and Chainsaws by Carol J. Clover. I feel like this book was maybe written for me. An exploration of the role that gender plays in slasher horror films (used a lot in my piece about I Spit on Your Grave)