There are mentions of things like privilege, gender expression, the spectrum of sexuality, but these are shown more than anything else. They don’t need to be mentioned as much because this is a show that truly centers those narratives and values, and that’s what I want to see.Read More
The story we’re used to hearing goes like this; women don’t have a sense of humor and therefore cannot “take a joke.” The story often now goes like this; feminists are humorless and cannot take a joke.Read More
What does it mean to be soft? Ultra-hot, vulnerable, melting in the mouth. Disappearing. I think of that girl, in that moment, and the weight follows me home: into the kitchen, into bed. Where else do women go?Read More
What I definitely know is that we don’t want to see diversity for the sake of checking an arbitrary box. We want it because it’s what exists in the real world, and we want to see that reflected, as opposed to ignored or erased.
Sex is everywhere. It’s in the music we listen to, the books we read, the shows we binge and the movies we watch. But when it comes to being accurately portrayed, understood and celebrated, sexuality in the media still has a long way to go.Read More
The brand has become ubiquitous across the world, but is also heavily associated with photoshopped images and overwhelming body negativity. Their catalogs and brand images often depict women without stretch marks, blemishes, birthmarks or any extra weight. What follows this refusal to depict reality? A plethora of young girls struggling with issues of identity and self-image.Read More
Through memorable messages, such as this, advertisement teams can prescribe to young impressionable consumers that sarcasm, simpleness, coolness, and sexyness exist in seperate realms, when in reality you can be all of these things, and you should have the capability to do so and not feel like any lessRead More
This is not to say that we need to boycott all past visual media that’s not perfectly politically correct and as aware as many of us are these days, but it does mean we need to thoroughly appreciate the shows that are producing more responsible, well-crafted (and accurate) content. Moreover, we need to reconsider our roles as consumers in the larger marketplace that is Hollywood.Read More
What seems like a commonplace thing to say today would have been radical in the early 1990’s.Read More
When we teach young girls that women in power positions are narcissistic and unattractive, then we enforce gender norms and perpetuate systems of oppression.Read More
It isn’t simply enough to demonize and imprison trans individuals who after being left unprotected by their own government, are still violently silenced from the American narrative. On a daily basis, trans people are forced to prove their identities (whether medically or socially), face economic and legal discrimination, and live with the very real threat of murder.Read More
hat sex workers sell is not their bodies but a service and/or art. Broadway actors get paid for their physically straining labor, and it is not expected that they continue to portray their characters once they leave the stage. Massage therapists are not expected to provide other services besides massage. Why is it that the presumption of freely accessible sexuality for public consumption is placed on sex workers?
It is easy to feel indignant towards the results of the 2016 election, to feel injustice for the way people of color are treated in America, but now more than ever, it is more important to be able to explain why in a logical, cohesive manner.Read More
Now, I’m not arguing to have every mainstream television character be a queer one, although that would definitely provide some interesting conversation and enlightening entertainment. Television networks and executives: do better. One token queer couple will not suffice. I’m not interested in you checking off your social justice boxes, eager to prove to your audiences that you really are as diverse and intersectional as you claim to be.Read More
What does it mean that we repeatedly see sexually enlightened women in media depictions facing repercussions for their actions? And what are the implications of this single narrative?
On a platform as large as Hulu, viewing fat women as beautiful, funny and smart as opposed to, say, ugly and uninspiring, has the power to change the way we as a society think of and treat fat people.Read More
My question remains: Do shows that focus on mental health have an obligation to educate their viewers, or do they strictly exist to make a profit about the very real experiences of so many people?
We’re conditioned to believe that summer is synonymous with our public presentation and how we look, and that we have to reinvent ourselves in order to step out in a bathing suit.
Hannah Baker doesn’t have depression, despite mental illness being a huge risk factor in suicide. She might be depressed, but she does not meet the criteria to have depression.Read More