Heads Up: The Bridge on FX

Monday night I saw this ad on TV: First of all, it is super creepy, but it also uses the now iconic image of the pink crosses honoring the dead and missing in the Juárez, Mexico feminicide. My interest was piqued, not from an entertainment standpoint, but because I just did an analysis of literary … Continue reading

The Evolution of April Ludgate: A Celebration

In the shadow of a looming How-the-edit-do-I-get-this-all-done-and-well breakdown, I turn to my happy place, Parks and Recreation. I’ve written before about Ron Swanson’s feminism and the growth of his character while also hinting at a post about April Ludgate. I’ve been thinking about it since January. There are many loveable characters on Parks and Recreation. … Continue reading

Time in Television Narrative

See, kids, sometimes there’s a benefit to watching too much TV! Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First Century Programming August 1st from University of Mississippi Press * Melissa Ames, Editor From the Publisher: “This collection analyzes twenty-first-century American television programs that employ temporal and narrative experimentation. These shows play with time, slowing it … Continue reading

Watch BFF and I Will Be Yours

I bake a lot of cupcakes, so I feel like this is a solid offer. Have you heard of the Bechdel Test? You know, the litmus test for women in entertainment made famous in a comic strip. It simply requires that a film or show feature 1) two+ women who 2) have at least one … Continue reading

Liz Lemon & How to Talk to Little Girls

Last year, I read an essay on the Huffington Post by Lisa Bloom called “How to Talk to Little Girls”. The essay itself is sort of lovely as Bloom describes a dinner party at which she talked with the hosts’ daughter, stubbornly avoiding the topics of clothing or anything else stereotypically girlie. Yes, that is … Continue reading