Gender, Power, and Stella Gibson’s Captivating Sexuality in The Fall

(originally posted on 2/24/15) Note: this post assumes you’ve seen the end of season two. There’s so much to say about The Fall that I’ve put three blog posts in one. Happy reading! Part I: Sexy Stella, stroppy Stella, railing against a world of men. One thing is certain about Stella Gibson’s brand of femininity, power, and…

The Feminist Reimaginings of Once Upon a Time, Season One

(originally posted on 10/2/14) I know I’m late to this party, but I just started watching Once Upon a Time and I’m pretty over the moon about it. I’ve been warned it takes a huge dive in quality around season 3, but season 1 blew me away for a number of reasons. I’m a sucker…

(originally posted on 9/2/14) *spoiler alert – this post references events in Season Five!* My wife keeps asking me why I watch PLL, and telling me I have no leg to stand on when I mock her TV preferences (which include a lot of reality television). It’s true that there’s a lot to critique in…

The changing gender landscape of Orphan Black, season 2 and beyond

(originally posted on 6/26/14) *Note* Spoilers ahead! This post assumes you’ve watched the end of season 2 I’m a huge fan of Orphan Black, and I want to state up front that this blog praises the show on many levels. But first, I have to confess I was really sad at the second season ending. For a…

Sweaters, Sex, and Sarah Linden

(originally posted 5/6/14) The Killing has been unevenly received, critically, but my affection for the show has never wavered. I love that the show has a female protagonist who is never sexualized, but who enjoys a robust sex life and makes no apologies for it. Seriously, Sarah Linden wears amazingly hideous sweaters, and awkward running tights,…

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…