TV

I Can Has Feminizm?

It’s finally here, the moment you’ve been waiting for all week long. No, we’re not talking about tonight’s episode of Mad Men (but omg what is going to happen to Joan?), we’re talking about FEMINIZT LOLZ!!! Why? Because LOLz are watching even when we aren’t.... Read more »

Tube Tied: Eastwick Has Got Some Seriously Empowerful Witches, Y'all

I'll admit that I only really tuned into Eastwick out of a sense of national duty - Paul Gross, like me, is Canadian, and I feel he is owed some serious cash for his talents, wasted though they might be on American network television.  (Canadian television has no such riches on offer.)  Gross was... Read more »

Tube Tied-The Good Wife: She's Actually Pretty Boring So Far

The psyche of the political wife in the modern era - which is to say, post-defining oneself by one's husband - is the kind of thing I sort of wish feminists talked about more often.  And when I say that, I mean talk about in a way that does not ultimately devolve to Hillary, Hillary, and also... Read more »

Tube Tied: Oh, Oprah.

Today, Oprah will be airing an interview with Mackenzie Phillips.  Who is that, you say?  She is a former child actress who also, coincidentally, happens to be one of the many children of the late John Phillips of The Mamas and Papas.  Like most former child actresses, her personal life has been a... Read more »

Tube Tied-Bored to Death: The Secret Lives of Dudes?

Because I live in Brooklyn and I like books, it's been hard to escape the name Jonathan Ames, but I haven't, admittedly, read him. His popularity among a certain set of people has triggered the contrarian in me and I gracefully skirt his work in bookstores and magazines alike. You see, Ames is... Read more »

Tube Tied: I'll Show You Indecency, Sir: A Rant

Because of Kanye West (about whom Sady has said most everything that need be said) there is some current bizarre preoccupation with the "lack of decency" in America today. As if in response, the FCC announced this week that it intended to reopen the investigation into the famous Timberlake/Jackson... Read more »

Tube Tied: In Which I Gingerly Criticize Jon Stewart

Like many a thinking lady I watch the Daily Show mostly for Jon. When it is on hiatus, and it always disappointingly seems to be on hiatus when America goes a little mad in the late summer (2005: Katrina, 2008: Sarah Palin, 2009: Health Care Nonsense), my evenings seem even less magical than they... Read more »

She Pop: VMA Disappointments For Everyone!

Ah, the VMAs! Pop spectacle at its finest! If, by "finest," you mean "most spectacularly overhyped and therefore ripe for viewer disappointment." Which is what I mean, actually, so I'm good. And today, in my quest to provide you with the least timely post on the VMAs EVER, I present you with three... Read more »

Tube Tied: Betty Agonistes

Tami at What Tami Said recently had a great post about, among other things, why she doesn't like Mad Men's Betty Draper, noting that buried in Betty's blonde, blue-haired Grace Kellyesque perfection lies the "antithesis of black womanhood": Betty is enslaved, while also being the slave master.... Read more »

Tube Tied: A Plea (For a Better Glee)

Due in no small part to a summer-long marketing campaign complete with the newly-de-rigeur Twittered event, everybody's been talking about the new show called Glee.  Produced by Ryan Murphy of Nip/Tuck fame, it lets everybody live out that fantasy high school experience of gaining fame and... Read more »

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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 »

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 »