TV

Screenshot: Rachel Maddow, meet Lizz Winstead. Or, um, not.

Rachel Maddow is calmly comfortable with her intellect and her journalistic instincts, and she's not really going to apologize if her competence threatens a viewer. In terms of female talking heads, she is sui generis. Read more »

Screenshot: the egalitarian lure of late-night TV commercials

I don't know about you, but I see being a stay-at-home parent as a job, and it's sort of insane that it's one of the few workplaces where you get on-the-job critiques from total strangers via a talking box. Sure, you can turn off the TV, but why should you have to? Read more »

Screenshot: Resolved for 2010: Avoiding the reality TV sideshows

It's easy to point fingers at narrative television sometimes and claim the writers are foisting outdated and unfair gender roles onto the audience and therefore, by extension, society. Reality TV pokes a lot of holes in the Big Hollywood theory, because the people who thrive on reality TV are the... Read more »

Top Ten Reasons Why This Feminist is a Sports Fan: #1

This is it. The #1, above-all reason why this feminist is a sports fan is ... Read more »

Screenshot: The problem with end-of-year lists

When it takes shows explicitly set on other planets, in other universes and in alternate realities to consistently bring us complex female characters not hemmed in by sexist narrative conventions, it is time to take a look at what's going on in shows set on this planet. Read more »

Screenshot: Is cable TV access is a feminist issue?

In terms of purely economic issues, a lack of access to cable doesn't seem to be a gendered phenomenon. But does access to cable TV matter in terms of cultural depictions and issues? Read more »

Merry Christmas! Here's some stereotypes ... but no take-backsies.

Dating can be confusing -- especially when one or more parties links emotional milestones to consumerist signifiers. And yet ... somehow, the solution is probably not to buy cheap accessories at Target. Read more »

Screenshot: Why a sex-crimes show is surprisingly female-friendly

Give yourself the gift of an L&O:SVU marathon. In a TV landscape where women are routinely shown as hyperemotional and unprofessional, watching the no-nonsense Detective Olivia Benson is a cool, calm drink of water. Read more »

Screenshot: I'm rooting for the aliens

Do the visitors on V seem more alien by virtue of their female leader and apparent lack of sexism? Or is the show merely setting up the 21st-century version of the Krystle/Alexis catfight? Read more »

Screen Shot: What I Hate About What I Hate About Myself

You can be stylish without wearing heels, baking cakes or having sex with the lights on -- but try telling that to the folks at the Style Network. Read more »

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Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »