Broader IX: Five Short Films About Women, by Women

By Grace Rogers, Highlighter Staff Columnist Short films: they’re small, but mighty. Much like literature’s genre of memoir, short films pack a lot into a mere snippet of life. Through one story, relationship or event, critical commentary and nuanced narratives are made in a matter of minutes: as you’ll soon see, an entire adolescence can…

Broader VIII: Photographing Girlhood

By Grace Rogers, Highlighter staff columnist Though girlhood takes endless shapes and forms, a certain aesthetic has taken over the online art world — one that’s dreamy, nostalgic, and most likely pastel pink. Fourteen-year-old actress Rowan Blanchard summed up this aesthetic well in an interview with “Dazed Digital,” saying girls are reclaiming things like “make-up,…

Broader VII: The Selfie as Art

By Grace Rogers, Highlighter staff writer The 21st century’s version of self-portraiture, the “selfie,” has taken over social media feeds and camera rolls more and more frequently ever since it was crowned Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2013. Whether they’re taken in front of a mirror or with a Snapchat filter, selfies have…

Broader VI: Spoken Word Poetry for Your Feminist Ears

By Grace Rogers, Highlighter staff columnist I remember sitting in high school English classes, hearing a unanimous groan as the equally unenthusiastic teacher stood up and said, “We’re reading poetry.” It isn’t a coincidence that these poems, predominantly written by white men, didn’t resonate with everyone — they simply failed to represent diversity in struggle,…

Broader V: Five Women Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

By Grace Rogers, a Highlighter staff columnist These women are making amazing, radical art, and seeing their illustrations on my Instagram feed makes my days a little more empowering. If you’re looking for something to break up the influx of spring break pics, look no further.   Polly Norton (@pollynor) Polly Norton, a 26-year-old illustrator…

Broader IV: ‘The Skinny’ and The Search for ‘Real Women’

By Grace Rogers, a Highlighter staff columnist I hear it again and again: We need real women represented in TV. I used to not understand this, as I thought it was weird to look at one character’s experience and deem it unworthy of real-ness. My thirteen-year-old self never really got why we weren’t satisfied with…

Broader III: Fusion Film Festival

Each spring New York University puts on the Fusion Film Festival, a film and television festival dedicated to celebrating women in the film industry. With multiple screenings, panels, pitch meetings, master classes, retrospectives, networking events, competitions and student showcases, Fusion is a three-day shout-out to women killin’ it in the male-dominated industries of film, TV…

Broader II: The Magical Feminist Powers of Zines

photo from http://catherineelms.co.uk/ Zines (short for magazine) are self-published books, papers or websites created to explore topics outside mainstream media. They’ve been specially important for underground communities seeking representation in media, such as the punk movement in the 1970s and the rise of feminist “riot grrrl” zines in the 1990s. They’re goal isn’t to make…

BROADER I: Introduction feat. Yoncé’s “Formation”

By Grace Rogers Hello hello and welcome to BROADER, a weekly arts column examining feminism through the books, TV shows, films, music, theater and visual art we consume in our short lives. Each week I’ll take a certain piece or artist and put it in conversation with some of the prevalent feminist issues happening IRL. Using…