Marvel Comics Push Forward Strong Female Characters

Here at Hot For Writing the issue of female characters in super hero movies has been discussed before. From looking at super hero makeovers to ruminating as to when Wonder Woman will be given her own space on the big screen, women within the super heroes canon has been a hot topic of late. Obviously these moments of individual attention are important in redressing the balance in comic book culture, but the general presence of women within this male-dominated world is actually... Read More

Summer 2013: A Season of Musical Misogyny

As the evenings draw in, the inevitable rain appears and mornings become darker, the country seems to be reflecting back on the summer of 2013. This summer will not only be remembered for the actual appearance of the sun, it will also be remembered for the return of the Rolling Stones, the birth of the future King George and – somewhat unfortunately – the inescapable tones of Robin Thicke. Thicke’s hit track Blurred Lines was a major talking point this summer.... Read More

When Will Wonder Woman Hit the Big Screen?

It seems that superhero movies are being released left, right and centre of late. In the past year Superman and Batman films have premiered with record-breaking box office sales. Recently, I’ve found myself wondering when – or indeed if – we are we going to see a Wonder Woman movie released. A recent article in the Metro highlighted that Wonder Woman is the only hero of the DC Comics Holy Trinity trio not yet to star in a feature-length film. I mean, fair enough,... Read More

Tyler the Creator Plays Glastonbury 2013

It’s been a week since Britain’s biggest festival saw 177,000 people leave a field in the middle of Somerset – this years Glastonbury was a triumph. One of the most famous bands of all time – The Rolling Stones – headlined the main stage, causing young and old alike to come together with a mutual love for some amazing guitar riffs and a front man that can strut like no other. Whilst the line up made headlines around the world, there was one act that jumped... Read More

Bank of England to Remove Elizabeth Fry from £5 Notes

The Bank of England recently announced its intention to replace Elizabeth Fry with Sir Winston Churchill on the five pound note and – somewhat predictably, I’d say – this has caused controversy, given that Fry is currently the only female figure to feature on any denomination of British bank note. The Women’s Room has been petitioning the Bank of England to change its mind about replacing Fry and has launched a fundraising campaign in order to mount a legal... Read More

100 Deeds: Rediscovering Feminism Today

This is great. This summer, the People’s History Museum in Manchester is commemorating the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison by joining the 100 Deeds project, inviting members of the public to do – and share – a deed that illustrates what modern feminism means to them. 100 years ago, on the 4th June 1913, Emily Wilding Davison stepped in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, protesting women’s right to vote. Her deed caused her... Read More

Are Men Afraid of Fashion?

An interesting little article from Greyfox in this week’s Guardian tackles the question of whether men are afraid to dress well. I have to say, I chuckled a little at this, as for every male friend I have who takes an interest in fashion and looking good, I could probably name another three that – and I quote near enough verbatim here – ‘couldn’t really give a monkeys.’ In his article, Greyfox suggests that: ‘…the fear of dressing... Read More