feministcupcake

Born in Port Chester, NY, I’m the daughter of a gypsy queen and a gynecologist. My parents are divorced, but they jointly support all my wacky endeavors and play a mean game of scrabble. My childhood was filled with rainbows and cotton candy, and I believe that if all children had parents like mine then world peace would be right around the corner. As a young woman I lived in both conservative, Greenwich, CT and whimsical, Santa Fe, NM. I spent my high school years soaking up all the fancy Rye Country Day School had to offer and in 1996 I entered Rollins College. Much fun was had, resulting in a degree. After College I studied at Oxford University and following that moved to Paris to drink wine and eat cheese. After my European sojourn, I completed my MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College and I am now hard at work at a PhD in Women's Studies in sunny south Florida. I’m married to a dreamer who calls me pumpkin poop and makes me feel like burping hearts. I laugh heartily and sometimes giggle too, (depending on how attractive you are.) Advocating gross consumption of popular and not so popular culture, I rent five movies or buy three books at a time because I want to watch or read them all and just can’t pick one. I also freely offer to share my oatmeal chocolate chip cranberry cookie recipe, which is by far the best in the world. When I'm not busily reading the mind aching works of feminist philosophers, I am the Chair of English and Communication at Keiser University - where I bust open and enlighten young minds everyday.

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Ellen Page – Can she tell us what a Feminist is?

Originally Posted @feministcupcake.com

Academy-award nominated actor and notorious converse sneaker wearer, Ellen Page repeatedly calls herself a feminist and speaks in an informed manner about a number of feminist issues. She’s “very much…pro-choice.” Gender-based socialization makes her “wanna vomit” (complex.com), and she’s frustrated that women “get paid less than men” and that their bodies are “treated like ornaments” (uncut.com). Popular Feminist blogs, magazines, and other media outlets[1] celebrate her as a representation of Feminism, on and off the screen, and in the 2007 article, “Ellen Page, Playing ‘Honest, Whole Young Women,” journalist Neda Ulaby explained that Page  “is often approached, admiringly, about her appetite for, taking on feminist roles.”

In other words, fans and interviewers perceive and interpret Page as a feminist. With this understanding of Page as representative of feminist, I’ve come to realize that an examination of Ellen Page is necessary because looking at Page allows us to define how our society represents a feminist.

Page definitely reveals kind of a feminism, one which seems to promote female empowerment gained via an assimilation of traits associated with hegemonic masculinity: emotional stoicism, self-reliance, aggression, and violence. In contrast to the current and arguably negative representations femininity, Page is framed as the subject in images and film, rather than the object, but at the same time the images of her as subject are coded as masculine ...

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