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...