Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Feminist Western: A Vision of Equality

JULY / AUG 2017: BY CHARITY BISHOP

Westerns are often male-centric tales, drenched in the symbolism a great untamed frontier where you survive on pure grit and determination with a trusted rifle at your side. As women gain a more significant presence as leading characters, the modern western has evolved from a male-dominated script to stronger female roles. In many older westerns, the women serve as a backdrop: wives, sweethearts, or prostitutes. Continue reading

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Dr. Quinn: Old Lessons for New Times

JULY / AUG 2017: BY JESSICA SANTULLI

The year is 1867. A thirty-four-year-old single woman departs—against her mother’s wishes—from her wealthy Boston home to travel across the country for three days by train. But the train track ends, so she must travel the rest of the way in a bumpy, stuffy stagecoach. Out the window she spies bare-chested, face-painted Indians riding horses bareback, and realizes she is miles away from the tea-sipping social circles of Beacon Hill. There is no turning back now. Before long, she arrives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a small settlement near Denver. Why is she there, you might ask? She is answering an advertisement in the newspaper, asking for a town doctor. Continue reading

Annie Oakley – Not Just A Little Sure Shot

JULY / AUG 2017: BY SCARLETT GRANT

As a British person, I was only made aware of Annie Oakley through the 1950 film musical Annie Get Your Gun starring Betty Hutton. The film has many inaccuracies (the most negligible being it shows Annie as a short-haired blonde, in spite of multiple images showing she was a long-haired brunette), but is the story of a young girl who grew up with nothing and became a star in her own right. Continue reading