Matriarchy Rising: Evolution of a Final Girl

I love Final Girls. This term, coined by Carol Clover in her book Men, Women, and Chainsaws, describes the last character, usually female, left alive in a slasher film. Ever since watching Sidney Prescott in Scream, I’ve been enamored with these strong women and the many shapes they’ve taken...

I Am Laurie Strode: Trauma Touches Us All

Halloween was one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2018. A direct sequel to the original 1978 film, it continues the story of Laurie Strode 40 years after her attack at the hands of Michael Myers. The announcement that Jaime Lee Curtis would be reprising her role only...

Mommie Dearest and the Dangerous Ideal of Motherhood

Mother’s Day is traditionally viewed as a joyous celebration. Filled with brunches, long-distance phone calls, and flowers, it’s a day to honor the women who gave us life, then sacrificed their own to raise us. But the reality is far more complicated. For many, the second Sunday in May...

Urban Legend’s Female Villain Feeds the Patriarchy One Kill at a Time

Strong Female Antagonist is a blog dedicated to examining the bad girls of horror, the female monsters, the women we’ve been taught to fear.  I was raised with rigid ideas about what it means to be a “good girl,” most of which revolved around staying in the good graces...