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A NEW COLUMN BY ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: The Princess, The Queen and The Warrior: Part 1: Teeth and Swagger.

This column will be centered on the question of female agency, which I see as being fundamentally tied to positive images of women in power, rather than princesses on the cusp of coming-of-age.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • November 15, 2013 12:49 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gliding Over All: The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD, Season 5.2

The final episode of "Breaking Bad" was a tender goodbye. The great Heisenberg went out with a sigh of contentment, rather than a roar of pride.
  • By Dave Bunting, Jr. and Arielle Bernstein
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  • October 1, 2013 12:11 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Female Sexual Agency in a World of Blurred Lines

We live in a culture where female bodies are constantly on display. However, most images of female sexuality we see are passive and two-dimensional.
  • By Arielle Bernstein and Serena Bramble
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  • September 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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Cracking the Mold? Melissa McCarthy's Position in 21st Century Female Comedy

The things we find funny are a combination of personal preference and social constructs. Melissa McCarthy’s success as a comedian and status as the “new face” of female comedy is likewise a combination of fierce talent and the media's willingness to give her support.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • July 16, 2013 10:12 AM
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Beautiful and Claustrophobic: MAD MEN’s Inferno

In many ways, "Mad Men"’s insistence on denying us the pleasure of resolution is the secret to its success and the reason so many of us are hooked on it, despite being frustrated that nothing ever really changes, time and time again. Repetition of experience is electric. It grounds us in the past and connects us to the present.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • June 19, 2013 8:35 AM
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GIRLS on Film: Secrets, Seduction and Reclaiming the Body on Camera

Hannah Horvath’s constant nudity in "Girls" has been a point of discussion since the start of the first season; one of the reasons Girls has been successful has to do with the way it tackles our own attitudes regarding female overexposure.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • January 21, 2013 8:30 AM
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Chameleon Soul: On Lana Del Rey's RIDE Video and BREAKING BAD

While femininity is perceived as a construct, an outfit that can be removed, replaced, strengthened or destroyed completely, masculinity is increasingly perceived as a fixed kind of attitude.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • October 25, 2012 8:42 AM
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