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05 AUGUST 2012

Jane Campion: A Girl's Own Story (short film)

"Jane Campion has been a dominant force in world cinema for nearly two decades. Shot delicately in black–and–white, A Girl's Own Story is an early short film that traces the stories of three suburban teenage girls (Pam, Gloria and Stella) in 1960's Australia. It deals with the difficulties of burgeoning sexuality, incest, friendship and family against the backdrop of Beatlemania and an era that valued the isolating notions of purity and wholesomeness over honesty and acceptance."

(Anton de Lonno 11 July 2010, Senses of Cinema)

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1960s1984 • A Girls Own Story • An Angel at My Table (film) • AustraliaAustralian cinemaAustralian short filmauteur • Beatlemania • black and whiteboys • burgeoning sexuality • chiaroscurocold • Cut (film) • David Lynchdesiredoll play • eery • effigyexpressionistic • expressionistic conventions • familyfemale sexualityfemininityfriendship • Gabrielle Shornegg • gender performance culture • Geraldine Haywood • haunting moment • honesty and acceptance • humour • I Feel the Cold • ice-skating • incest • Ingmar Bergman • inky suburban subconscious • intimate sexualityisolationJane Campion • lustful embrace • Marina Knight • New Zealand filmmakerparentspathos • Peter Weir • Piano (film) • puritySenses of Cinema (journal)sexual agencyshort filmsuburbanteenage girls • tenderness • The Beatles • The Portrait of a Lady (film) • wholesomeness • world cinema

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
22 JUNE 2012

Late Soviet era girl next door photo book 'Sverstnitsa' (Peer Girls)

"Сейчас, спустя 22–25 лет, рубрика смотрится уже по–другому – как слепок эпохи, и можно даже проследить общее движение нравов от консервативного идеала "русской красавицы" кондово–советского периода журнала – к раскованности и менее стандартным типажам в купальниках. Хотя, надо отметить, что редактора очень осторожно и редко отклонялись от европейского типажа в пользу азиатского, но и такое немного было."

[A series of girl next door 'pin–up images' demonstrating the liberalisation of sexual attitudes in late Soviet era.]

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1980s19891990bachelorettecheesecake • cultural liberalisation • cultural norms • English Russia (blog) • eroticismgender performance culture • girl next door • glamour magazineglamour shotliberal attitude • liberalisation • liberalisation of sexual attitudes • liberalismmens magazine • Peer Girls (magazine) • photo book • picture bookpin-uprepresentation of womenRussian culturesexual agencysexualisationSoviet eraSoviet popular culture • stone-washed jeans • Sverstnitsa (magazine) • teenage girlsUSSR • vintage glamor shot • young women

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
18 JANUARY 2012

Miss Representation: mainstream media is contributing to the under-representation of women in positions of power

"Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV–14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under–representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman's value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective."

(Jennifer Siebel Newsom)

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2011adadvertisinganimated presentationbeauty politicsbody imageCondoleezza Ricecritiquecultural normsdepictions of womendesireeating behaviours • eating disorders • empowermentequalityfilmgendergirlsglobalisation of aspiration • Gloria Steinem • ideal female body • Jennifer Siebel Newsom • Katie Couric • mainstream media • Margaret Cho • masculinitymedia consumptionmedium is the message • Miss Representation (film) • Nancy Pelosi • persuasion • persuasive force • positions of influence • positions of power • power • Rachel Maddow • reflexive modernisationrepresentation of women • Rosario Dawson • sex in advertisingteenage girlsunconscious desireswomenwomen in leadership positions

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
25 JUNE 2011

Japan Has Made The Human Pop Star Obsolete

"Meet Eguchi Aimi. She's the newest member of Japan's teen girl group, AKB48. Like the rest of her 47 band mates, she's the embodiment of the a tween pop idol. She's got a sugary voice, perfect hair, shiny skin, and an unrelenting desire to plug consumer products, namely Glico's Ice No Mi candy. She appeared in the June 13 issue of Shukan Playboy magazine, where she was described as the 'Ultimate Love Bomb.' Aimi's star was rising fast.

What makes her special is that she doesn't exist. Glico now admits that Aimi is actually a computer generated image created by mashing up the features of AKB48's other members.

The band and the candy company struggled to pass Aimi off as an actual organism, but some of the band's obsessive fans had raised suspicions when they noticed the uncanny resemblance to other members. Others noticed a somewhat eerie quality to her movements."

(Vincent Trivett, 24 June 2011, Business Insider)

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20113D visualisation • AKB48 • Akihabara • appearance • Atsuko Maeda • authenticityavatarbotCGI actorscharacter compositeco-optiondigital actors • Eguchi Aimi • girl group • Ice No Mi • J-PopJapanlifelikemanufactured band • Mariko Shinoda • mash-up • Mayu Watanabe • Minami Takahashi • pop group • pop idol • pop star • Prometheus (mythology)puppetrealistic representationresemblancesimulacrasynthespian • teenage culture • teenage girls • Tomomi Itano • tween pop idol • virtual charactervirtual girlvirtual peoplevisual depictionvisual elements combined • Yukari Sasaki • Yuko Oshima

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
14 SEPTEMBER 2008

Fashion Victim: controversial fashion magazine Pavement closes

"A story about the closure of Pavement, a controversial fashion magazine, and its founder, Bernard D McDonald. McDonald and Pavement made their names by publishing photos of ever younger girls – but most of the time it was just crashingly pretentious. This was one of the most challenging stories I'd ever written: the fashion world, true to its reputation, is an entirely flaky one."

(Simon Farrell–Green, March 2007, Metro)

The magazine was published between 1993 and 2006 and ceased production following its December 2006 issue.

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1993 • Alex Freund • Amber Valetta • Angelina Jolie • Anna Paquin • Aotearoa New Zealand • Bernard McDonald • bi-monthly • Big Bud • Cate Blanchett • Christy Turlington • contemporary artcontemporary culturecontemporary design • contemporary fashion • contemporary filmcontemporary musiccontroversial content • Courtney Love • cutting edge of creativity • Davies and Davies • declining advertising revenue • Derek Henderson • Devon Aoki • Dimmer (band) • Dita von Teese • ECPAT • Elastica • Eva Herzigova • fashion magazine • Gary Oldman • Georgina Grenville • Giselle Munchen • Glenn Hunt • Helmut Newton • Hugh Stewart • Johnny Depp • Katie Holmes • Kelly MacDonald • Kerry Fox • Kirsten DunstKylie Minogue • Larry Clark • Laurence Passera • Leelee Sobieski • Leonardo DiCaprio • Lionel Deluy • Liv Tyler • LTJ Bukem • Lucy Lawless • magazinemagazine publishing • Massive Attack (band) • Max Doyle • Melanie Lynskey • Metro (magazine) • Michael Stipe • Milla Jovovich • Ministry (band) • Naomi Campbell • New Order • Oasis (band) • of the idea and ideals • Office of Film and Literature Classification • Oliver Stone • Paris Hilton • Pauly Fuemana • Pavement (magazine) • Penny Pickard • Peter Jackson • Pierre et Gilles • Pierre Toussaint • provocativepublishing • Pulp (band) • quarterly • Ranjit Grewal • Regan Cameron • Richard Kern • Robert Astley-Sparke • Robert Wyatt • Russ Flatt • Russell Crowe • Shirley Manson • Simon Farrell-Green • Sophie Ellis Bextor • Soundgarden • special teen issue • Spiritualised (band) • Suede (band) • teenage girlsteenager • Terry Richardson • Thandie Newton • The Black Angels • The Cramps (band) • The Darkness (band) • The Veils • Throwing Muses • Tony Kim • topless nudity • Tricky (musician) • Whitcoulls (bookstore) • youth culture • youth culture magazine

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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