Hello! Welcome to my little corner of the Internet where all womxn are treated like queens 👑 Woman in Revolt is a intersectional feminist film and TV blog that focuses on female-identifying and non-binary artists and creators in front of and behind the camera. I write reviews, conduct interviews, and sometimes throw up 5,000 word diatribes about my complicated relationship with Woody Allen and Richard Gilmore's fuckboy status. Please enjoy.
Why did you start this blog?
Have you read this article? It's pretty infuriating. Tl;dr: there aren't enough womxn film critics and because of this, womxn-centric films don't get enough attention. As something I once read on Tumblr stated:
Me watching a movie: There are too many men
Me reading a book: There are too many men
Me watching tv: There are too many men
Me learning history: There are too many men
Me living life: There are too many men
I don't hate men, but I do think they get an inordinate amount of attention, especially in the film industry. Did you know that in 2016, only 7% of top Hollywood directing jobs went to womxn? It's true; you can fact check that shit right here.
While they may not get top directing jobs, there have always been womxn directors out there making bomb ass films on a regular basis. I started this blog because I love to watch and write about film. Some of my favorite films are directed by people who aren't men and hardly anyone I talk to knows about them because they're not taught in film school and they weren't written about enough when they premiered. I'd like to change that.
Who are you?
I'm Lindsay Pugh: cinephile, filmmaker, feminist, and INFJ. I enjoy running, reading, writing, and making/watching movies. I try to update my Goodreads profile regularly, so hit me up there if you'd like to talk about books. For those who've asked, I do have Letterboxd but always forget to use it. I prefer to keep analog copies of my film logs because I already spend too much time on the computer / staring at screens. I basically use my Instagram as a makeshift Letterboxd out of laziness.
I studied film (and a bunch of other cool stuff) at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and The New School in New York, NY. I currently live in Ann Arbor, MI with my partner and cats. I have a full-time job that has nothing to do with film, so I use this blog as my creative outlet. I don't receive any kind of compensation for the time I put into this blog (aside from early access to films). I answer to no one, so I can say whatever the fuck I want here – freedom! If I don't like something, I probably won't write about it.
Whenever I'm feeling sad, I watch this scene from "Frances Ha" and feel better about the world:
Then I watch this scene from "Magic Mike XXL" and feel even better:
Who are your favorite directors?
Are you the only person who writes for this blog?
For the most part, Yes. Meg Campbell, Kyle Beechey, Ali Lappas, and Emma Banks have all written for this blog in the past, so check out their posts if you want to read something that isn't written by me.
I'm always looking for more voices to add to Woman in Revolt and I would love it if you emailed me with a pitch idea or recommendation. I'm just one person and I acknowledge that my perspective is limited.
Is writing this blog your job?
Only in my dreams. I work as a digital strategist for an interactive agency in NYC. If you ever wonder why it takes me so long to post things, it's because I'm doing something completely different 45+ hours each week.
Which blogs/critics do you read?
- Kimberly Lindbergs at Cinebeats
- Emily Nussbaum at The New Yorker
- Bright Wall/Dark Room
- Feminist Frequency
- Marya E. Gates at Cinema Fanatic
- Another Gaze
- FF2 Media
- The Current at Criterion Collection
- Angelica Jade Bastién at Vulture
- Clothes on Film
- Seventh Row
Most of the stuff I love is dead (RIP The Dissolve) and I try to read books more than blogs. I also love a good podcast (RIP Bonnie and Maude).
What is your cat's name?
You think I only have one cat? That's cute. I have three and their names are Eloise, Bea, and Gink. No one ever actually asks me this question but we all know this is a vanity FAQ, so why wouldn't I indulge myself?
I found a typo or inaccuracy on your site. Are you going to be annoyed if I tell you about it?
Nope! Please tell me. I edit all of these posts myself and know they're not perfect.
Will you review my film?
Sorry, but probably not. It's hard for me to commit to things like this (even if I want to!) because they inevitably become back-burner tasks that I fail to complete, leaving everyone disappointed. If you reach out to me via email and I don't respond, try not to take it personally. Have you read this article on Millennial Burnout? It's very depressing but should give you an idea of what I mean.