class

The 99%: Why the Real Housewives of Atlanta Aren

Few women of color are allowed to represent themselves on television with much nuance; frequently they are reduced to stock characters like mammies and Jezebels that deny them full, complex humanity.  Successful women... Read more »

The 99%:

For the Bluths, their wealth is a performance, but their class privilege is real. They live in a former shell of their old life: they share a model home built by the once-lucrative Bluth construction company that stands alone in an unfinished development. Beautiful inside and out, the home... Read more »

The 99%: Trashy People Talking Trash on Trash Television, or Jersey Shore

Trailer trash, white trash—these ways of describing low-income people aren’t new.  They’re meant to make people quite literally disposable, a way of denying their humanity and their potential to offer anything of value. With Jersey Shore, though, we get the “trash” without... Read more »

The 99%: "But look how far we

Yet, what Downton Abbey also offers for the modern viewer is the idea that, today, class differences have been overcome.  The stark separation between the lives of the family and the staff illustrate a segregation that is no longer overt in today’s society.  Few people have... Read more »

The 99%: Money Can't Buy You Love (and it Might Get in the Way)

Shows like The Bachelor and Millionaire Matchmaker not only reduce romance to opulent displays of consumerism and gender conformity, but they distract us from actual consideration of the role of class in relationships and the need to negotiate those differences on a real, ongoing... Read more »

The 99%: Welcome Home, Deserving People! Thoughts on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

There’s something else going on here. There’s the construction (no pun intended) of a “deserving” poor person whose needs can be addressed via a for-profit reality show, as opposed to real, systemic change. Read more »

The 99%: "Talk like a Cover Girl" and the Classing of Voice on America's Next Top Model

But most of the time, when Tyra is talking about the contestants’ speech, she’s talking about their accents.  And when she’s talking about their accents, she’s talking about class.  Read more »

The 99%: Exploring Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality in Popular Culture

I’ve got 99 problems with American television, and the rich are one.  We have lots of shows about rich people—in fact, we love shows about rich people.  With Gossip Girl, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Revenge, Real Housewives of _______, ... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Gillian Welch's "Dark Turn of Mind"

Americana artist Gillian Welch has always included southern Christian imagery in her work. Though not native to the South, her music is at its most comfortable when it explores the tragedy and violence of working-class survival in the region. Welch and partner David Rawlings write and record sparse... Read more »

Stage Left: Getting to the Theater

Alright, so, we are now halfway through my stint blogging here at Bitch, which, by and large, has been wonderful. But there is an important aspect to writing about live theater, one I mentioned briefly in my opening post, that I think I need to expand upon. Read more »

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