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The Myth of 12: On Love, Selfies and Marilyn Monroe

I am thrilled to feature the following guest post by pin-up blogger Penny Snark. If you struggle with body confidence (and honestly, who doesn’t?), keep reading… 


I remember when people used to proclaim, “Marilyn Monroe was a size 12!” I remember when the refutation of that fact became more widely spread than the fact itself. While it’s inarguably true that Marilyn wasn’t a “size 12” as we think of it in the modern day, what I remember most is how many of those refutations felt almost gleeful. “You were stupid to try to claim Marilyn,” some of them seemed to say under the surface. “She’s not for you.”

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Top 10 Feminist Films of the Midcentury

Classic Hollywood cinema is rarely cited for its equitable portrayal of women; nevertheless, a smattering of films from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s contain feminist themes and feature strong female leads. Actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Joan Crawford, celebrated for their wit, professional ambition, and intrepid sexuality, challenged many of the sexist expectations of their time. Thus, while gendered roles may have afflicted much of midcentury America, hints of feminism’s second wave managed to seep into its films–an advisory for the political storm to come. It would not be the first time, however, that feminist themes made a splash on the big screen.