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.

The political strategy behind the so-called Grievance Studies hoax is one that is regressive, pernicious and deliberately aimed at taking down critical theorists working in feminism, race, queer an...

Kate Levey gives a personal account of trying to obtain a Blue Plaque from English Heritage for her mother, the critic, writer and campaigner Brigid Brophy.

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Rebecca Harrison reflects on why we are not living in a Post-Weinstein age and outlines some of the inherent difficulties of teaching cinema studies in the wake of #MeToo.

 

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Sarah Arnold traces the category of ‘the female viewer’ formed in early audience research at the BBC, later pointing to the persistence of gender framing in the ...

In the summer of 2015, British artist Anish Kapoor was invited to create a temporary public artwork in the gardens of Versailles. The not quite abstract representation was admitted by Kapoor to be ...

Theresa Trimmel examines how recent television shows, Transparent and Broad City portray sexual intercourse to address different sexual preferences.

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In late September 1995, the BBC aired an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that forever changed the face of Austen adaptations: no small part of this influence was its attempt to ‘sex up...

Vassilis Gerasopoulos unpacks representations of sexual expression and the construction of postmodern erotic identity in Wachowskis’ TV show Sense8.

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Discussing Anomalisa (2015), Lucy Benjamin shows that the vocal, and hence aural, quality of sex permits a form of bodily ownership, rejecting the consuming and sexualizing masculine gaze...

Craig-era Bond eschews much of what typified the ‘old’ 007s. While embracing some of the attributes of his predecessors, Craig’s incarnation is defined by a liminality that challenges convent...

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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
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