This year, I’ve been excited to see many more women lead television programming (even Netflix has a category for it) but as a media critic, I can’t justify the addition of these shows or characters, when they are hindering the story or not contributing any sense of female empowerment. I hope one day we wouldn’t need a special category on Netflix, but until then, here are the folks who have created fantastic women characters and others that have failed in their attempt. Continue reading #Feministtv 2018
As we head into the fall, I’m reflecting back to the ladies I spent my summertime watching. These women of all shapes, sizes, and colors all proved that the myths that we can’t get anything done, that we don’t work well together and that we are too catty and envious of each other to actually accomplish something as a group, are just not true! Repeat after me:
Women work well together!
Earlier this week while watching Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 episode 10: “The Last Ceremony,” I couldn’t help but reflect on the ongoing issue of families separated at the US border. Art was imitated life when June and Hannah finally reunite and are ripped apart–probably forever–just a few minutes later.
If you haven’t seen the show, this is a great time to start HERE.
More on my take on this show:
Before watching today’s episode, consider this:
As you all know I’ve been following Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. This dystopian story which is on its second season, tells the tale of an oligarchy where women are either maids, wives, mine workers or handmaids. The latter is a particularly cruel and twisted violation as healthy fertile women are raped ritualistically until they are impregnated. In a society where there’s rapid infertility, women’s roles and total autonomy are dictated by men. This has created the classic power struggle between women: the haves and the have not. However, in this season, this fight has become much more dynamic and the lines between the “powerful” and “powerless” have blurred.
Before continuing, read my other two articles on season one of the show:
I did everything I could to have access to STARZ (since I don’t have cable anymore) but when I finally did, the first item on my list to check off was this season’s Latin American drama, Vida. The Mexican American story about two sisters reuniting at their childhood home in East LA after the death of their mother Vidalia, struck a deep core with me. Created by Tanya Saracho, the show has humor, politics, Mexican traditions and my favorite, a healthy sprinkle of Spanish and Spanglish language.
We are gearing up for the pumpkin lattes (and really, pumpkin everything), fall jackets and boots, scarves, and of course the fall television line up. I’m very excited this year because this summer has given me hope that there will be more intersectional feminist shows coming soon.
Here are my summer faves!
I was recommended this show since it first started back in 2014. The BBC America sci-fi Orphan Black had everything one could ask for: great actors, women driven, action with a bit of magic and lots of heart. As the finale approached (this past weekend) I saw an opportunity to binge it through Direct TV Now. It took me a little less than 2 weeks from season 1 to the series finale. The action-packed Canadian thriller created by John Fawcett and Graeme Manson and lead by Tatiana Maslany was engrossing and a great example of a feminist story from beginning to end. The drama offered a unique look into womanhood, sisterhood, motherhood, women’s reproductive rights and the fight for women’s autonomy over their own bodies. Seeing as this last one is jeopardy more than ever, let’s take a closer look at how this feminist show takes hard jabs at the patriarchy.