I Watched the Fall Premieres So You Don’t Have To

September 30, 2011

[tweetmeme]It’s that time of year again when we get excited for all the new TV shows only to be terribly disappointed that they’re basically the same stories and characters recycled and repackaged. This year’s fall line up has been getting a lot of buzz about how many women-led shows are being created and aired.  While […]

Tropes vs. Women: #6 The Straw Feminist

September 23, 2011

This is the last of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine. Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Straw Feminist trope is a deliberately created, exaggerated caricature of a feminist that is used to undermine and ridicule feminist movements.  This was […]

Tropes vs. Women: #5 The Mystical Pregnancy

July 28, 2011

This is the fifth of a six part series created for Bitch Magazine. Tropes vs. Women explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows. The Mystical Pregnancy is a trope writers use to create drama and terror by invading, violating and exploiting women’s reproductive capabilities.  Often these female […]

Glee, GQ and the Sexualization of Young Girls

November 11, 2010

The recently released November issue of GQ has some highly sexualized photos of select members of the Glee cast.  I weigh in on the impact that a photo shoot that takes actors who play high school students on a widely popular television show has on the sexual and gender identities of young people and their […]

Top 5 Problems with Glee: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Season 2 Premiere

September 23, 2010

Tuesday night’s season premiere of Glee may have been one of the most offensive hours of television I’ve watched in a long time. It seemed like every minute or two they would make another sexist, racist or homophobic joke. I was afraid Glee was going in a bad direction after the first few episodes of […]

Caprica and the ‘Queerness’ of Sam Adama

March 1, 2010

In the new SyFy show Caprica we are introduced to a queer character, Sam Adama. Here is the good and the bad of his queer representation. Check out other great blogs and commentary: Be sure to check out InfoMania’s That’s Gay “Homo-Cidal Maniacs” for more examples of this trope. “Ron Moore wants to include more […]

Beyond True Blood’s Sensationalism

November 21, 2009

From the first time I heard about the concept behind HBO’s True Blood I was a little bit horrified.  Vampires are “coming out of the coffin” and want equal rights?  Since television producers (and especially HBO) want to make shows that are as sensational and scandalous as possible, I had my doubts about whether they […]

Why we need you Veronica Mars!

July 15, 2009

Veronica Mars has got to be one of my favourite shows of all time.  No seriously, it’s funny, witty, smart, progressive.  Women are technologically savvy, the privilege of white rich kids are exposed (well sort of…), and it generally has progressive commentary.  Watch this video for the things I loved about the show and also […]

Dollhouse Renewed? Why not Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles?

June 22, 2009

Fox Networks decided to renew Dollhouse for another 13 episodes but canceled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  I’m less then thrilled about this decision. Links Referenced in Video: Whedonesque.com: Joss talks about the Dollhouse renewal Washington Post Article: Fox Execs Keep Playing With ‘Dollhouse’ Update: There are some really great conversations about Dollhouse on The […]

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