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Posts tagged "television"


Sense, this well makes.

I actually didnt get around to watching the Emmys after all (sad face) but I find this dichotomy interesting. I wonder what other female actors went home without any awards considering Amy Poehler is being used as the representative of all women in this photo-set in contrast to Charlie Sheens uber patriarchy.

(via huffposttv)


It’s Not All About the Comics; New Video Highlights “TV’s Year of Kick Ass Woman”

From Revenge to Game of Thones to Mad Men to Parks and Recreation and more, a supercut of Kick Ass TV women.

You dazzle me, ladies. Here’s who is who.

(via colouredcollective)

I’m not one of those “these women are shaming the race” people. Cause there are shows that feed on drama and scandal for every race. But when for WOC, there is ONLY these type of shows. So I understand the frustration. But people like watching drama. That why soap operas were in business for DECADES.

But I guess the subject matter of Love & Hip Hop this season hits too close to home for me. It makes me to upset when I watch it. To think that the apex of diversity on TV is concentrated in shows like this and NOTHING ELSE just goes to show that the perceived flaws “endemic” to our community is put on blast while the rest of ‘normal TV’ is extra sanitized?

This trend is nonsense.

I don’t begrudge anyone getting their due attention and diligence when they go missing. The coverage they receive more often than not helps in their eventual recovery, or at least leads to finding the parties responsible, and by no means is that a bad thing. More troubling is the lack of that kind of attention leveled on the missing African Americans. After all, we make up a a third of all missing persons cases in the United States, while being only 12 percent of the population.

The stories Find Our Missing features don’t make for less compelling television — can you imagine the uproar America would be in if the media caught wind of a kidnapped, disabled, white five year old? — and they don’t lack substance or quality. Why isn’t Ann Curry talking about Hassani or Pamela? Are we still seen as such an Other in this country that the heartstrings that tug at Elizabeth Smart’s name won’t also tug for Hassani Campbell? Or is it that kidnapping and mysterious disappearances simply aren’t seen as crimes that happens to Black people? Gang, drug, sexual, and domestic violence are ‘our’ crimes, and the media struggles to break away from that mold when giving coverage to stories of the missing.

It’s almost as if they’re confused when a comfortable, middle class black woman goes missing with no hints of the average ‘Black crime’ elements involved. (The common perception that there are ‘no black serial killers’ certainly helps explain the difference in the amount of national coverage Anthony Sowell received in comparison to other recent serial killers like Dennis Rader in yet another case involving several missing Black women in the Cleveland area.)

When it comes to shows profiling crimes and criminals, you’re more likely to see a person of color starring on Lock Up than you are on Dateline, and that’s one of the reasons I’ll be watching Find Our Missing every week. If given a platform and the exposure it deserves, I firmly believe that the program can help solve some of the cases it features.

Even if the cases aren’t solved, at least they’ll get people thinking and remembering that there aren’t just the white women disappearing in Aruba to worry about.

Anything all black is for black people. But things all white are for everybody!
My friend said this once and I never forgot it. But it definitely applies to the sentiment of the article i just posted: Even George Lucas Had a Hard Time Finding Funding for Film With Black Leads


“Work It” is bad, y’all. Rullllll bad. Maggie Furlong on just how wack “Work It” is:

When a show is as bad as “Work It,” and you truly have nothing nice to say about it, it often feels like you should just follow that old adage and not say anything at all. But that’s not my job. (Sorry, Mom!)

If you somehow haven’t heard about this horrific new show, the fine folks at HitFix, IGN TV, Variety, Zap2it and Entertainment Weekly, among many others, have all tried to articulate exactly how bad it is to great success; Gawker even claimed that “Work It” could be the worst television show in history.

In my opinion, The Wire is neo-colonialism propaganda television. Yes colonialism occurs domestically and particularly in our urban areas. Madison Avenue is very adept at incorporating bits and pieces of real black culture into the promotion of products and Hollywood does the same. Hollywood at times will even slum it in ‘HollyHood’ to siphon off actual parts of Black culture mix it in with their stereotypical portrayals of Black people, cook it up, and then present this as something that even other Blacks accept as real. 

neo-colonialism propaganda television” i like that phrase…

actually click the link and read the article. 

I don’t watch the wire, but I’ve seen a few episodes and read David Simon’s other book “the corner” - all for various sociology classes… so i find this to be an interesting view…

what do you all feel about this?


Pro-life activist Missy Reilly Smith describes her 2010 congressional campaign, which consisted entirely of running 30-second advertisements depicting aborted fetuses. If you live in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Iowa, or New Hampshire, those ads could soon be coming to a television set near you. And as Tim Murphy reports, there’s nothing the FCC can do about it.

wow. the post just got more and more abhorrent as I kept reading…


According to Bitch Magazine, it’s way harder for T.V.  shows to pass than movies—and most movies have trouble passing this test!

I never even thought of applying it to television. But that makes much more sense, because television is such a larger part of our lives then movies (maybe just for me, since i just don’t watch movies that often) because it seems like we get our scripts for life from the way life and family is portrayed on television. Reality is constructed through the roles we see on television, and if women are portrayed as the non essential sex on most television shows…

hmm… good read

A paper i wrote last year about the condition of the women in society. I didn’t get a chance to post much today so i figured it’d be interesting for y’all to read some of the things i’ve written about. It’s nothing groundbreaking, just food for thought. Though, i do analyze the show Weeds through a feminist lens in this, in case anyone watches haha. Click “read more” to read the rest of the paper if you’re interested :]

We have moved into a “post-feminist” age where feminism has been ruled obsolete, while the patriarchy silently continues to control dominant ideology. Past efforts to establish sexual equality are now being undermined in forms of popular culture and mass media. In her book The Second Sex, Simone De Beauvoir’s assessment of the state of women can be directly applied to the contemporary female. In this text, she finds “[men] are willing on the whole to accept woman as a fellow being, and equal; but they still require her to remain the inessential. For her the two identities are incompatible; she hesitates between one and the other without being exactly adapted to either.”

In order to see ways in which contemporary women are caught in this double bind, one must look towards the media. Images in the media are not only meant to be reflections of social norms, but they also do their part to help craft, and then perpetuate this norm. Therefore, images of female oppression become normalized through the media, as women and men internalize what they see.

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"Let’s make a TV show about a smart, talented and successful female lawyer… now let’s make it as sexual as possible!"


From USA:

Once a lawyer at her family’s firm, Kate Reed’s (Sarah Shahi) frustration with the legal system led her to a new career as a mediator. Thanks to her understanding of human nature, thorough legal knowledge and wry sense of humor, she’s a natural at resolving disputes … except when it comes to her own. With the help of her assistant Leonardo (Baron Vaughn), Kate must balance the stress from her “wicked” stepmother Lauren (Virginia Williams) and soon-to-be-ex-husband Justin (Michael Trucco), with her unconventional life as a mediator.

- “understanding of human nature” - womanly instinct?

- Two birds with one stone with the evil stepmother & women vs women catfight tropes.

- man problems! Sucessful career women can’t keep a man, they don’t even know what “family” is.

of course, i haven’t even seen so much as a trailer for this show. Just 10 second spots on the USA network. So i was probably being a bit over-zealous with my feminist critique of the show… but i have a soft spot for analyzing how women & gender is portrayed in pop culture…


Retro Sexism and Uber Ironic Advertising (via feministfrequency)

Thanks JM for this vid.

This is the awesome video of the day.

I’m going to keep up with this and try to post more videos. But seriously, everyone watch this video. It’s like a womens studies course for free. yay internets!

I’ve posted about Infomania’s Modern Lady segment before. Here, Erin Gibson is discusses the lack of proper female representation in the government. Also, anyone else know that Cathy comics are no more?

Oh gosh… more perpetuating gender stereotypes. (i can’t lie i was a little relieved that it’s at least not a show trying to perfect women… but the road to hell was paved with good intentions right? )

Though, i’m starting to become more conscious on how men are socialized to become “men” so i’m probably going to watch this series. The men are getting critiqued on this show, i wonder if it’s the the same extent as women do on shows like Bridal Plasty. It seems like Bridal Plasty focuses more on making the perfect bride through exterior, superficial means, while this show takes men who are already deemed perfect, but their manhood is based on how masculine they can act.

I remember seeing someone critique Seventeen Magazine because they have a panel of hot men advice givers (that was a terrible sentence) the critique was that it gave young girls the impression that the men were credible only because they were attractive. Because they looked “hot” they’re opinions were important. I feel like this ties into this show somehow but I still need to watch the show.

Well, expect posts in the future about this, we’ll see what the verdict is.

oh, and really? Whitney from The Hills? REALLY?


Cultures devoted to manufactured icons lead to manufactured people. I’d argue this goes beyond standards of beauty and into standards of, for lack of a better word, realness.
My friend Chip in reference to the show BridalPlasty