Gender, Race, and the Supernatural: Appreciating Sleepy Hollow‘s Abbie Mills

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Just before the start of the fall TV season, New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley caused a stir online for misrepresenting TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes and all of her fictitious black women characters as “angry black women.” Of course, many in the feminist blogosphere rushed to defend both Rhimes and her black heroines, Olivia Pope of Scandal […]

Who Wants to Work? Cristela Does!

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“No husband, no kids and no money! Ay!” Sound familiar? No te precupes—you’re not the only one. Cristela hears it every day. The new ABC comedy series Cristela features a hardworking Mexican American law student in her 30s striving to be a successful career woman. Based on the star and creator Cristela Alonzo’s own family from […]

Fox News Host to Young Women Voters: “Go Back on Tinder”

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It seems that conservatives are determined to quash the millennial vote before the midterms next month: they’ve moved polling places off college campuses, introduced unnecessarily strict voter ID laws and now they’re advising young women to skip the polls and “go back on Tinder or Match.com.” In a segment of Fox News’ “The Five” earlier this week, co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle […]

#NoRapeOnReign: When Sexual Violence Is a Plot Device

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As someone who has always been a sucker for historical fiction in television (The Tudors, anyone?), I couldn’t help but be drawn in when a friend put me on to CW’s Reign, a fictionalized teen drama that follows the early life of Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century. I quickly came to appreciate […]

Virgin = Good Girl — Even When Pregnant

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Growing up in a Mexican household, sex was never talked about. It was considered common knowledge that good daughters don’t do “it.” So while watching the premiere of Jane the Virgin last night, it reminded me of my family and childhood. The new comedy series stars a young Latina, Jane Villanueva, who is saving herself for marriage. […]

The Mindy Project “Slips” Up on Consent

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In last night’s episode of The Mindy Project, the title, “I Slipped,” was an unfortunate harbinger of what was to come. The writers aimed high, covered the ambitious topic of consent, but ultimately fell down a slippery slope. After reading that Mindy and Danny were set to face a major relationship hurdle, I expected in-law meet-and-greets, […]

Movers, Shakers and “Makers”

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Beginning tonight, six new documentaries in the Makers series (a project of AOL) will be broadcast weekly on PBS. Each one focuses on “women who are trailblazers and have served as groundbreakers in their fields.” The new docs are follow-ups to last year’s three-part documentary on the women’s movement, Makers: Women Who Make America. The […]

How to Get Away with Dynamic Black Women Leads

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After the weeks of hype and speculation leading up to the premiere, How to Get Away with Murder was the show to watch Thursday night. Viola Davis stars as Annalise Keating, a law school professor and criminal defense attorney, whom you can tell from the get-go is not a person to be crossed. She expects 100 […]

Angry or Complicated?: Misrecognizing Black Women

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Anyone who may have seen interviews with Shonda Rhimes, read her forthright speech on diversity on television, or watched her hit TV show Scandal, would not recognize her in Alessandra Stanley’s description of an “angry black woman.” It would be easy, actually, to become an “angry black woman” after reading Stanley’s New York Times review, but what such descriptors […]

Women on TV Making Headway? Not So Much

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If you think that there’s a gender disparity between women and men characters on TV, you’re right—and Martha Lauzen, Ph.D., can prove it. In her 17th annual Boxed In report, Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, shows that on broadcast networks, cable […]