Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus makes its winding way to the silver screen, an in-depth look at the skepticism around Sylvia Plath’s abuse allegations, and more.
Nineties nostalgia hits a fever pitch with the announcement that John Gray’s immortal relationship self-help book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, will finally be adapted to film, picking up the pieces from Lionsgate and Reese Witherspoon’s doomed 2012 attempt to spin the text into a movie. Gray’s decidedly traditional take on gender politics may seem like an odd fit for twenty-first-century couples, but plenty of people are sure to go see it based on name recognition alone. But just remember, kids, there are a whole lot of other planets out there.
Speaking of all-too-familiar gender tropes, why has the world been so unwilling to take Sylvia Plath at her word, regarding abuse allegations against husband Ted Hughes? Lit Hub points out that the recently revealed documents substantiating these claims are “only shocking if you haven’t been listening.” Emily Van Duyne makes a strong case for the way Plath’s redacted legacy has been twisted into a cautionary tale for young women, one they experience as a mere rite of passage and then are expected to outgrow: “Plath is both deified and dismissed. We are talked out of her.”
Meanwhile, male theater critics are being taken to task for unconsciously (one hopes) reinforcing the status quo by dismissing new works by Paula Vogel and Lynn Nottage, both Pulitzer Prize recipients and both nominated for Tony Awards for Best Play. Broadway is a world that’s still notoriously difficult for female playwrights to crack into, quality of their work notwithstanding. Theater blog HowlRound takes a step back to compare the reception of Vogel and Nottage’s plays to others from this season, and comes to the following conclusion: “We need a more expansive and informed notion of how critics come to decide what is ‘good,’ and a more honest conversation about why ‘good’ is often associated with plays by and about white men.”
Wonder Woman fans have done their heroine proud, helping Patty Jenkins’s movie thrive in the summer movie slaughterhouse. The Hollywood Reporter says it’s holding better than any superhero movie in the past fifteen years, and may even keep running through August, long after most June releases have folded their tents. They also include a long list of all the box office records the film has broken, and the record-smashing films it’s surpassed. Globally the film has already made more than $750 million dollars, eliciting a congratulatory tweet from the “Deadpool” filmmakers after the Gal Gadot vehicle surpassed their movie’s profits. Additional props for their clever (and character-appropriate) pun: “The Merc may be filthier, but her B.O. is stronger. Congrats