Cult filmmaker John Waters created some truly iconic femme characters. We look back at how Waters’s heroines – in all their filthy, rotten, deviant, chain-smoking, cussing, chicken-fucking glory – are both important representations and a thrill to watch. By Annie Fell.
On the 30th anniversary of When Harry Met Sally, Annie Fell wonders whether Nora Ephron’s idiosyncratic perspective on romance, fantasy, and sexuality is still #relatable.
An effective pop song should make you feel the same as developing a new crush. Annie Fell muses about the beauty and terror of having a crush, and the band that taught her how to embrace it.
Traditionally, women exist in the cinematic cesspool of the “Dirty-verse” for the sole purpose of nagging, fucking, or repulsing men. But have we entered a new era of dirty, women-led movies? Annie Fell investigates.
There’s something about the sound of skateboard wheels on concrete and the emotionally inept men-boys who ride them that makes straight girls go wild. Annie Fell talks to the woman behind the hilarious meme account @tinyhat_skatelife about toxic masculinity, the skate culture renaissance, and the strange appeal of sk8ter boys.
In the heyday of Jersey Shore (a simpler time, frankly) Snooki and her cohort of ladies were slut-shamed and scrutinized by the media in a way that their spiky-mopped male counterparts were not. Just in time for the show’s reunion, Annie Fell muses about the Shore’s double standard.
As the black sheep of ’90s indie rock, Liz Phair pioneered a messy, raunchy and subversive approach to sex that changed both the male-dominated musical landscape and norms for female sexuality. Annie Fell reflects on how Phair’s debut album Exile in Guyville changed her life, and wonders if it holds up to scrutiny 25 years on.
How are romantic comedies shaping the 21st Century narrative of love, romance and heartache? Annie Fell discusses rom-coms, morally complex women, and love in Gillian Robespierre’s 2017 film Landline.
Spandex, shticks and spectacle – wrestling takes performing hyper-masculinity to the point of drag. Annie Fell discusses gender performativity, homoeroticism and Camp in professional wrestling.
Former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Trixie and Katya found small screen drag queen stardom with their own show. Annie Fell discusses queer rebellion, webseries glowups and sex, drugs & drag queens in VICELAND’s The Trixie & Katya Show.