Category: Television

I Watched the Fall Premieres So You Don’t Have To
[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 this […]
Tropes vs. Women: #6 The Straw Feminist
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 probably […]
Tropes vs. Women: #5 The Mystical Pregnancy
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 characters […]
Glee, GQ and the Sexualization of Young Girls
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 sexual […]
Top 5 Problems with Glee: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Season 2 Premiere
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 season […]
Caprica and the ‘Queerness’ of Sam Adama
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 gay […]
Beyond True Blood’s Sensationalism
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 could […]