This December 15, 2010 Hollywood Reporter magazine cover features Anne Sweeney of Disney Corporation as Number 1 among “The Definitive List, Power 100: Women in Entertainment.” Sweeney smiles proudly with her arms crossed in a colorful suit jacket. The Hollywood Reporter is published for both general public audiences as well as industry professionals. This issue identifies one hundred women with significant influence in the entertainment industry. The slug line for the feature article describes these women as “The players who run the billion-dollar businesses, their personal stories and why they matter.”
“Pretty. Strong.” is a reality television show that premiered in 2015 on Oxygen network, which follows the lives of six women who play for the Chicago Bliss football team. The team is part of the Legends Football League, which was formerly called the Lingerie Football League. The show aims to explore how the women balance professional, social, and family life with the demands of playing football in a competitive league. In the television show’s trailer linked above, the players are shown playing full contact football in uniforms that consist of bras and underwear under shoulder pads, and helmets with clear plastic guards that displays their full faces.
This clip is a music video of Queen Latifah’s 1989 “Ladies First,” from her first albumAll Hail the Queen.Latifah raps, “Some think that we can’t flow / Stereotypes, they got to go / Imma mess around and flip the scene into reverse / With a little touch of ‘Ladies First’ / Who said the ladies couldn’t make it, you must be blind / If you don’t believe, well here, listen to this rhyme / Ladies first, there’s no time to rehearse / I’m divine and my mind expands throughout the universe.” The video begins with images of black female historical figures, and features Latifah and other women singing and dancing together. The imagery is complicated by scenes of violence and chaos from the South African struggle to end apartheid, which is reflective of the historical context in which the video was created. The video can be interpreted as an argument for intersectionality – the notion that issues of gender and racial injustice need to be considered together to work toward equality for all.
This video, produced by the European Commission in 2012, was part of a campaign to get young women interested in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Although the campaign might have been well-intentioned, the video stirred plenty of controversy due to its portrayal of women in science. It was quickly taken off the European Commission’s website.
This t-shirt features superhero characters Superman and Wonder Woman embraced in a passionate kiss with the words, “Score!” in one corner, and “Superman does it again” in the other. Superman is fully clothed in his superhero outfit, while Wonder Woman is in hers, which shows a large portion of her arms, back, and legs.