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Category Archive: Television

Jul 21 2014

So You Think You Can Dance, Nudity Parity Watch: Season 11, Episode 8

As regular readers know, I’m watching the current season of So You Think You Can Dance, the mixed-style dance competition show, and am documenting whether the women are generally expected to show more skin than the men. (I give a more detailed explanation of this project, and why I’m doing it, in my first post …

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Jul 08 2014

On The Ethics of Vampire Slaying in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

Buffy with bloody knife

Spoiler alert, for people who haven’t watched “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” but plan to. I was recently re-watching ““Becoming, Parts 1 and 2,” those Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes where geeky witch Willow does a spell to give the vampire Angel his soul back. And suddenly I had a burning ethical question. Why don’t they …

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Jul 08 2014

So You Think You Can Dance, Nudity Parity Watch: Season 11, Episode 6

Are female bodies displayed and objectified in pop culture more than male bodies? If so, how much? I’ve been watching So You Think You Can Dance, the mixed-style dance competition show, since about Season 4. I’m a fan: yes, the show is often cheesy and very gender-normative, but it’s fun, and much of the dancing …

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Apr 15 2014

Some Thoughts on Beauty and Ownership

jaguar xke in mad men

“At last, something beautiful you can truly own.” This is the fictional tagline that Sterling Cooper Draper Price comes up with for the Jaguar ad campaign in “Mad Men.” (It’s in the episode The Other Woman — warning, synopsis has spoilers. Yes, I’m re-watching old episodes, it’s getting me caught up on where we are …

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Nov 25 2013

“Is He Gay or Straight?” Bisexual Eradication in “Modern Family”

modern family poster

In the last few weeks, I’ve started intermittently watching the TV show “Modern Family.” There’s a certain amount that I like about it, as well as a certain amount that I don’t. (Often the case with fluffy mainstream-ish pop-culture entertainment. I want it to divert and distract me, but it often winds up annoying me …

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May 15 2013

“Mad Men,” and How Kink Gets Used as a Marker of Evil — or Damage

Mad Men Don

I want to talk about “Mad Men.” I want to talk about how kinky sex and sadomasochism get used in pop culture as narrative markers to show, either how evil a character is, or how damaged a character is. And I want to beseech the producers of pop culture to please, please, knock it the …

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Apr 30 2013

Blogathon for SSA Week: “Mad Men,” “Homicide,” and What We Want From TV

mad men

This post continues my leg of the Blogathon for SSA Week! From now until 9pm PDT, I will write one new blog post every hour. Plus, for every $100 raised during that time, I will post one new picture of our cats! And all donations will be matched by SSA Supporters Jeff Hawkins and Janet …

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Mar 25 2013

Runway Recap: “I’m Not Here to Make Friends”

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 9 Michelle 1

“I’m not here to make friends.” If you’ve ever watched any competition reality show, you’ve almost certainly heard this line. There’s even a YouTube video montage of dozens of reality show contestants saying the damn thing. More than one. This week, on Project Runway, it was Richard’s turn to utter these timeless words. And it …

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Mar 18 2013

Runway Recap: Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 8 Daniel and Patricia

How do you make men look sexy? This week’s Project Runway challenge: Make performance wear for the Thunder From Down Under male stripper group. It was a difficult challenge for a lot of reasons: making men’s wear is always hard on designers who mostly make women’s wear, what with the different body shapes and all. …

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Mar 14 2013

Runway Recap: But What Do You Mean By “Prom Dress”?

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 7 Amanda and Michelle 1

There’s this basic problem with certain design challenges: on Project Runway, and in life. The problem is when people don’t give you clear specifications for what they want — and then judge you for not having accomplished it. This week’s PR challenge (okay, last week’s, I was on a speaking tour last week and only …

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