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

Friday News Bites: Heavy on the #Ferguson and Robin Williams

Oh, friends, my heart is heavy with everything happening this week. I cannot cover it all, but I can at least give you a few interesting stories, and we’ll end on an up-note, I promise.

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A Feminist Character ≠ A Character Who Is A Feminist: Examining Claire Underwood and Olivia Pope

As far as I can tell, there’s a stark difference between a “feminist character” and a “character who is a feminist.” While there certainly can be overlap, there rarely ever seems to be, and I can’t understand why there seems to be so much confusion. Read More A Feminist Character ≠ A Character Who Is A Feminist: Examining Claire Underwood and Olivia Pope

This Week’s TV Will Keep Winter’s Last Grips at Bay

Today starts what might be the most captivating week of television since last April. Season premieres on cable and returning network favorites dot the week with a delightful assortment of scripted entertainment.  Read More This Week’s TV Will Keep Winter’s Last Grips at Bay