The women of Italy had a gigantic demonstration against Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi a few days ago. They have had enough of his sexist (and otherwise majorly corrupt) politics, demanding him to leave. Berlusconi has gotten caught in a sex scandal involving prostitutes and under aged girls. The demonstration, which took place on Sunday 13. February, involved women of all ages and occupations, ranking from young to old, Italian to foreign, hobos to nuns. This million woman (and men) march was not only a sign that Italians have had enough of political corruption, but also a beautiful manifest of female solidarity. That all of these women came together to express anger and demanding sexism to be stopped proves that Sisterhood is, and always will be, powerful!
Read a detailed and informative article about the demonstration here.

Also, for the first time since Dreamworks “Shrek” (2001) a major animated Block Buster film will be directed by a woman! “Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom” will be directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, this being her first full-length feature film. Ms. Yuh Nelson has worked long in several Art Departments, and been one of the directors for the cartoon TV-show “Spawn”. Even if I disliked the first “Kung Fu Panda” film (found the story to be quite ordinary and maybe a bit sexist) I will definitely go and see this sequel. Very, very few animated features are directed by females, or non-whites for that matter. Jennifer Yuh Nelson is therefor an extraordinary chose for directing in two ways: a woman and Asian-American!
Whats sad however is that Pixar fired Brenda Chapman (One of the directors for Dreamworks’ “Prince of Egypt”, 1998) from directing there up coming film “Brave”. Ms. Chapman would have been the first woman to direct a film for Pixar’s studios. It deeply saddens me that they decided to wait even longer for their first block buster film to be directed by a woman. Not to mention that Disney has also yet to make such a revolution.
“Kung Fu Panda 2” will be coming out in May, this year. Here’s the little info there Imdb can offer.

And lastly, the entertainment Magazine “Jezebels” coverage of the 2011 Oscars.
On a personal note, I was furious that Debra Granik didn’t get a nomination for her work in “Winter’s Bone”. Seems like the Academy thinks it’s enough to give an Oscar for best directing to one woman and only have total of four nominees through out time. Well guys, it’s not!

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