TV

Cougar Me This

I have no aversion to the romantic comedy format. Show me a quirky heroine, a funny/cocky/cute love interest, a sassy best friend, etc. and I'll generally follow you anywhere. But, while ABC's Cougar Town has all of these things, I just wasn't interested. Why? Because the word "cougar" is in the... Read more »

TV Crush of the Week: Chuck Bass

Longtime readers may already know of my love for Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass, and it's only grown since he started being the best boyfriend ever to Blair Waldorf this season. But last night Chuck soared even higher in my heart when he a) kissed a dude and b) was... Read more »

Little Miss Ogyny

It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the audience for TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras has a deep passion for child beauty pageants. Okay, maybe there’s a small contingent of fans who like frilly dresses and are impervious to... Read more »

Tube Tied: Criticizing and Feminizing--Last Thoughts on Feminism and Television

Well, my time here has come to an end, just in time for the new season of 30 Rock to premiere and me to consequently be able to get my Tina Fey on without thinking to myself, "Why do they keep implying there's something wrong with Liz!  Liz is awesome!  I call misogyny!  Why does Scott Adsit's wife... Read more »

Sarah Haskins: Fashion Expert on the Rachel Maddow Show

By now maybe you’ve heard of Ralph Lauren model Filippa Hamilton’s contract being terminated because she was “too fat.” (And all this after she was... Read more »

Tube Tied: Regarding Joan

Sorry for so much Mad Men, but as my blogging stint approaches its end, I wanted to complete my little triad on the women of Mad Men - and I'm a little worried lately about Joan.   I'm worried because the last time we saw her she was no longer wearing that hairpiece and her walk was more tentative... Read more »

R.I.P. Captain Lou Albano: Feminist Antiheroes 'R' Good Enough

This morning, professional wrestler, Cyndi Lauper video star, and feminist antihero Captain Lou Albano passed away at the age of 76. For you youngsters out there who may not be familiar with Captain Lou (or even for... Read more »

Come on Down to South Park and Watch Some Feminist Episodes!

Now that The Simpsons has sold feminism the fuck out, I’d like to give props to one cartoon I can still count on. I’m talking about South Park, which, after 14 seasons, still offers up some of the... Read more »

Bitch Popaganda: Technically Difficult Edition

It’s like The View except we all believe Roman Polanski is a rapist. Lend your ears to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Listen in as Kjerstin, Jonanna, and Kelsey discuss the recent sexual transgressions... Read more »

The Body Electric: Why Kurt From "Glee" Is My TV Hero

My girlfriend and I often discuss how "Glee" is the campiest show on television--and much like its subject--its rosy perspective on the empowering potential of "show choir" is simultaneously refreshingly earnest and completely fantastic. In fact, "Glee" feels like a queer, television version of... Read more »

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Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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

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 »