Viola Davis, Cultivation Theory, and the 2015 #Emmy Awards

I won’t pretend I didn’t cry this morning. I didn’t watch the Emmys live last night, so waking up to the news that not only did Viola Davis win herself an Emmy (as I predicted back when she de-wigged on primetime), but two other black women, (Regina King for American Crime and Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black) had also left with trophies, has left me floating on a cloud of #blackgirlmagic that has lasted the entire day.

But it has also left me thinking long and hard about why these victories matter on a sociopolitical level. Read More Viola Davis, Cultivation Theory, and the 2015 #Emmy Awards

Mad Max: Fury Road And The Great Feminism Debate

After all the hoopla, debate, and thinkpieces, I finally saw Mad Max: Fury Road last night and it did not disappoint. The movie was a masterpiece of the senses and totally overwhelmed me with how engaging it was on all fronts. By about 15 minutes in, I was at the edge of my seat whispering, “this is amazing. This is AMAZING!” to myself. Basically, I loved it. I’m listening to the soundtrack as I type this. Read More Mad Max: Fury Road And The Great Feminism Debate

On The “Rape As Backstory” Trope

A few weeks ago, after I’d (finally) gotten around to finishing season one of Top of the Lake, I posted some thoughts about the rape as backstory trope, and my distaste for it. I figured that while it could be an instance of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon gone awry, there seemed to be far too many fictional women who’d been raped or sexually assaulted in some way. Read More On The “Rape As Backstory” Trope

#ShameOnShonda Is Bullshit: On Black Women, Mental Health And Intersectionality

Friday morning, there was grumbling on my twitter timeline about the storyline of last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. A hashtag, #ShameOnShonda, had been started in protest of what was perceived as a stigmatization of mothers with post-partum depression, or PPD. Read More #ShameOnShonda Is Bullshit: On Black Women, Mental Health And Intersectionality

Do You Have Time To TV?: On Television Overload

Have you ever felt like there’s just too much television to watch? I have, and it turns out, that’s not just in my head. According to the research department at FX networks, there were “328 scripted first-run prime-time programs aired on ad supported or subscription-based broadcast, cable and streaming networks in the U.S.” in 2014 alone. That’s a whole lot of television. It feels like in the last couple of years, the number of “must watch” and critically acclaimed television shows has increased substantially, and the odds of missing the zeitgeist are high if you aren’t paying rapt attention. How anyone could even attempt to keep up with 180 scripted shows a year is beyond me, and that doesn’t even take into account reality television staples like The Bachelor or American Idol. Read More Do You Have Time To TV?: On Television Overload

For Feminists Who Resort To Racism When Slut Shaming Is Not Enough

White Feminists, we need to have a chat about this unruly beast we call feminism, and the intersection of race and sexuality. I like to assume that you mean well, but you’ve been fucking up quite a bit in the last few months, and I think it’s my duty as your presumptive sister-in-arms to do some minor course correcting for all our sakes. Read More For Feminists Who Resort To Racism When Slut Shaming Is Not Enough

On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of rape and sexual assault.

Let me start by saying that Reign is a great show. I started watching during the break between seasons one and two and haven’t turned back since. In a lot of ways, Reign is typical CW fare, pretty people’s pretty problems, but in others, it’s a very progressive and feminist look (even if wildly historically inaccurate) at the life of one of history’s most notorious and fascinating women. Read More On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

Nicki Minaj’s #Anaconda And Reclaiming “Black Girl Sexy”

If you haven’t seen Nicki Minaj’s new “Anaconda” video yet, stop what you’re doing and watch it immediately! If you have seen it, then you already know that I love it. Ass, ass, everywhere. It’s a big booty black girl’s dream! But deeper than that, I love the way that it’s an expression of agency on Nicki’s part. She is a young, gorgeous and successful woman, and she’s earned the right to be just as raunchy as she wants to be. She’s never shied away from that and I love that about her. Read More Nicki Minaj’s #Anaconda And Reclaiming “Black Girl Sexy”