Push(back) at the Intersections

Push(back) at the Intersections: I Think You Dropped Your 'T'

We need better representation for trans folks on television. Starting with more roles, a greater diversity of trans characters, avoidance of stereotypes, and, critically, getting transgender actors in these roles. There’s absolutely no reason we shouldn’t have empowering, awesome,... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Stieg Larsson, Feminist Hero?

What makes a work feminist? It’s worth answering that before we begin. In some circles, depicting strong female characters resisting sexism is feminist. That’s not enough for me. To qualify as a feminist work, I think that something actively needs to include an anti-oppression message,... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: The Structure in the Critique

I view pop culture criticism as a vehicle to talk about structural issues. And so, it seems, do a lot of feminists. A lot of discussions about pop culture in feminist spaces bring up the fact that the messages in our media can be harmful. People internalize what they use as entertainment. When a... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Glee and Me

I would be remiss in talking about pushback against intersectional critiques of pop culture without discussing my long and tormented relationship with the Fox hit Glee. To put it bluntly, I hate Glee. Yet, a lot of feminists, including some of the staff here at Bitch, love ... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Sluts, Bores, Attention Whores: How We Talk About Female Creators

The polarization that surrounds discussions about works of pop culture created by women can sometimes make it really hard to fairly and honestly critique female creators. We all internalize misogyny to some extent and I am never surprised, though I am disappointed, when it expresses in pop culture... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: How About Some -isms with Your Feminism?

What do Mary Daly, Margaret Sanger, Nellie McClung, Martha Griffiths, Gloria Steinem, Geraldine Ferraro, Julie Bendel, Robin Morgan, Germaine Greer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Janice Raymond, Sheila Jeffreys, and Beth Elliott have in common? You were going to tell me they’re feminist icons,... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Who Writes These Representations, Anyway?

The commonality of really problematic depictions in Hollywood and other aspects of pop culture is, to my eye, a pretty compelling argument for improving representation on the creative teams behind the media we consume. However, it’s clear that better representations aren’t necessarily... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Two Ways of Looking at Mad Men

I think the differences in the way people engage with Mad Men are a reflection of the different ways that people like to interact with pop culture. For some of us, it’s pure entertainment. For others, it’s something deeper and darker. I like pop culture I can sink my teeth into... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Defining (and Critiquing) 'Intersectionality'

The conflict between proud statements about viewing things intersectionally and actually being an intersectional feminist is at the core of many problems within the feminist movement right now. Including the feminist pushback to critiques of pop culture that focus on issues other than the depiction... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Women Making Pop Culture

I thought it might be fun to start this series by exploring some female creators who are shaking things up in their industries. These women are a sign of great things to come,... Read more »

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