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Can We Just Stop With 'Manic Pixie Dream Girls' In Movies?

Tell me if you recognize this character in a film: a cute, quirky woman who is there to help the (usually) white, straight male hero loosen up and enjoy life. She exists in a lot of movies you've probably seen, and she basically means ladies are there only as inspiration to the dudes and not as characters or people with their own lives or stories to tell.Film critic Nathan Rabin coined the term "Manic Pixie Dream Girl," and the awesome Anita Sarkeesian from Feminist Frequency has completely nailed this incredibly annoying Hollywood trope in this excellent five-minute summary. It may seem trivial to pick on this one character trope — what with the huge amount of problems Hollywood has with women — but the core of the issue is still the same: Hollywood needs real representations of women. That is, women playing characters with emotions, lives, and p-e-r-s-o-n-a-l-i-t-y — not always lame sidekicks to dudes.

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In one of the most glaringly hypocritical moves in recent history, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing black blues singer Anita "Lady A" White, to use her stage name she's performed under for over three decades.

Lady Antebellum announced it had changed its name to Lady A on June 11 as part of its commitment to "examining our individual and collective impact and marking the necessary changes to practice antiracism."

Antebellum refers to an era in the American south before the civil war when black people were held as slaves.

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