linked up: Easing into the Weekend

Bristol Palin and her baby on the cover of People magazine (image courtesy of

Hello All. My good friend Alyx (at feministmusicgeek) and I are adding the final touches before submitting a panel proposal to a conference, and I’m heading into a weekend of revisions (for a book review and an encyclopedia entry). So all in all I thought we could take it easy this Friday with some links to girl-related news items.

This week TV Guide announced that Bristol Palin will be appearing on the ABC Family television show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The show revolves around Amy, a high school sophomore who becomes pregnant and decided to go to full-term with the pregnancy. The show’s executive producers will have Palin play herself and be a part of a music program for teen moms, which is where she’ll meet the protagonist of the show, Amy. I must admit I’m unfamiliar with this show, which will be airing for its third season this summer. For a clearer understanding of the show’s politics regarding girls’ sexuality and sex education, I suggest you read Tiffany Henning’s article “Sex and ABC Family. Huh?” over at Flow.

Thank you to Annie over at celebrity gossip, academic style for retweeting Nikki Finke’s discovery that Joel and Ethan Coen have finished casting for their remake of True Grit. Adapted from a novel of the same name written by Charles Portis and published in 1968, the 1969 film version starred John Wayne and was directed by Henry Hathaway. The premise revolves around Mattie, a head strong 14-year-old girl (played by Kim Darby in the original film) who hires a past-his-prime Marshall (played by Wayne) to track down the hired hand who killed her father. John Wayne ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in True Grit. To get a sense of the narrative and style of the 1969 version, check out an original trailer for the film featured on TCM’s website. For their remake the Coen brothers cast Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie, and she’ll star opposite Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, and Josh Brolin. Though she’s relatively unknown at this point, Steinfeld has a few film and tv credits to her name. I’ll be interested to see how dark and bloody the Coen brothers’ True Grit turns out – after all these are the two behind the violent scenes involving a wood-chipper in Fargo and the horror that was Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. Moreover, it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any uproar regarding the level of violence in the film and the casting of Steinfeld, since the majority of the Coen brothers’ films and filmic violence revolve around adult characters.

On Wednesday Rachel Simmons gave an interview with NPR affiliate, KPLU. She spoke with Erin Hennessey on the girl-on-girl violence related to a beating that occurred in a transit tunnel in Seattle. You can listen to her interview here on KPLU’s website.

Final news item. Jess Weiner is a self-esteem expert, girl advocate, and media personality. She has appeared on Oprah and written for Seventeen Magazine, hoping to boast girls’ confidence and helping young women navigate make it out of their teenage years alive and with their self-esteem intact. You can read more on Weiner and the work she does on her website. On March 4 she will be hosting a webinar (web seminar) workshop as she takes participants through the process of coordinating Self-Esteem Workshops. Weiner will provide tips such as ice-breakers and how to handle tricky situations or questions that may arise. This could be useful information for anyone who works with girls in a setting that addresses gender discrimination, contemporary beauty ideals, and the pressures girls face to conform and fit in. As soon as I learn more details I’ll be sure to share them here.

~ by actyourage09 on February 26, 2010.

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