Critical Reflection

Always radical, always engaged, always personal. Either scholarly or polemic writing that engages with feminist visual culture and feminist theory and history from a contemporary perspective. Our authors provide ground for reassessment of existing paradigms or subversive recuperation and reinterpretation.

When Lopez appeared in Shades of Blue, her pop star image was simply incorporated into her detective character.

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With its enticing female detective and sensitive depiction of victims, Italian miniseries Voiceless forms a compelling example of feminist discourse in today’s TV.

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Mortimer discusses how with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple the BBC constructed a nostalgic view of a golden age of conservative Englishness.

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Examining fables and folklore in Showcase’s Lost Girl, Braithwaite unpacks how television helps us reimagine feminism.

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Ishii investigates the ways feminist artists of colour highlight diverse victims/survivors’ experiences of abuse to involve the viewer in the debate on gender and sexual violence.

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Hark examines how Collateral decentres narrative tropes of character and identity—a subversion that is largely due to the show’s writer.

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Selznick claims that the assumption that women should always ‘know’ determines how female investigators on TV are expected to operate as both detectives and mothers.

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Erdogan illustrates how The Outsider with Holly Gibney offers new spaces containing contradictory elements, ideas and ideologies that might help us look at crime and horror TV in light of ...

Looking at four Russian TV series with incarnations of Miss Marple, Souch considers popular media’s capacity for critical interrogation of contemporary discourses ...

Five authors consider responses to the music video WAP (2020) to argue that refu...

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WHO SUPPORTS US

The team of MAI supporters and contributors is always expanding. We’re honoured to have a specialist collective of editors, whose enthusiasm & talent gave birth to MAI.

However, to turn our MAI dream into reality, we also relied on assistance from high-quality experts in web design, development and photography. Here we’d like to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the feminist cause. Our feminist ‘thank you’ goes to:


Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
And other photographers whose images have been reproduced here: Cezanne Ali, Les Anderson, Mike Wilson, Annie Spratt, Cristian Newman, Peter Hershey