ABC’s Scandal: “It’s Man-Handled.”

(originally posted on 2/28/14) Scandal, I might have to quit you. I like that your protagonist is a strong black woman who’s smarter than everyone in the room and generally gets to tell everyone else what to do. I like the way you handle race – sometimes you treat it as though it matters (Fitz…

Orange is the New Sexy

(An old post from my former blog. *spoiler alerts* If you haven’t seen through season 1 episode 11, might want to hold off on reading this!)  I’m wild over Orange is the New Black. Seems like I’m in good company – the show and people’s thoughts on it are popping up like mad in online newspapers…

Lost Girl and the Radical Notion of Not Choosing

 (note, I live in the U.S. and haven’t seen any episodes from Season 4 yet.)  Lost Girl is a delicious and awful and hilarious show. If you can see past the build-me-up-to-let-me-down season arcs (seriously, what on earth was so challenging about The Dawning? Fighting the Garuda was less difficult than fighting his henchmen, and all…

My Body, Your Patent: Orphan Black and the Ownership of Women’s Bodies

The regulation of women’s bodies is nothing new. It’s an entrenched aspect of patriarchal societies, and scholars speculate that it derives in part from questionable reproductive paternity – when a women gives birth, we can safely assume she’s the mother, but paternity is more difficult to assume and requires medical testing to incontrovertibly establish. Whatever…