Mad Men And The CLIO Awards: How Much Has Really Changed Since 1965?

While you prepare ingredients for an old-fashioned in anticipation of Mad Men‘s season premiere this Sunday, let’s take a quick look at how much the advertising industry has changed since the days of Mad Men. The CLIO Awards, arguably the world’s best-known advertising honors, will have its 54th annual ceremony on May 15. This year’s […]

Did “Girls” Romanticize a Rapist?

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Like many of us who have been following the show, I’ve had lukewarm feelings about Girls’ contribution to feminism. Though many commentators have raised valid criticisms about the show’s handling of race and class, it’s been refreshing to see a female lead with an “imperfect” body, and I’ve praised the show for focusing on young […]

We Saw You, Boob

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Seth McFarlane’s hosting of the Oscars has been roundly criticized.  As a man who works to stop violence against women, I want to add my voice to the chorus. I wasn’t upset because his humor was “risqué” or “too edgy,” as some critics charge. Quite the opposite – far from being edgy, his schtick was […]

When Ms. Had Its Own TV Show

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Back in 1974, the women’s movement was gaining nationwide momentum; Ms., of course, was at the epicenter of the revolution. Having gained respect and recognition as a print publication, Ms. wanted go a step further and reach a wider audience with a television special. In June of that year, the magazine collaborated with Dallas’s public […]

Is Feminism Having a TV Moment?

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Elizabeth Banks and Mila Kunis are bringing more feminism to TV. I was thrilled to hear that two new feminist-related shows may soon be arriving on a television near you: Banks is producing and starring in a comedy for Fox about a women’s studies professor, and Kunis is executive producing a feminist drama set in […]

Tina and Amy To Host Golden Globes–Warm Fuzzy Hugs Enwrap Our Souls

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Following Monday’s announcement that Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) will jointly host the Golden Globe awards January 13, women and men alike were giddy at the prospect. This is the first time the Globes have been hosted by two women, and the fact that it is these two women–two of […]

“The Mindy Project”–Comedy and Contradiction

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Watch it while you can: Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project, which premiered last week to mixed reviews, may or may not have a long life. Most of Kaling’s hardcore fans watched it online before it was on TV, so it probably has more devoted viewers than the disappointing ratings it received suggest. But FOX clearly […]

When Brits Called the Midwife Instead of the Doctor

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A new six-part BBC TV series that aired in the UK beginning in January, Call the Midwife, will start airing in the U.S. on PBS this Sunday. Written and directed by women (Heidi Thomas and Philipa Lowthorpe), it’s based on the memoir of Jennifer Worth, a British nurse who served as a midwife in East […]

At the Risk of Sounding Angry: On Melissa Harris-Perry’s Eloquent Rage

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The Internets were all abuzz over the weekend sharing clips of our collective Black feminist shero Melissa Harris-Perry’s Saturday morning show. During the show, she lost her cool with panelist Monica Mehta, a conservative financial expert, when Mehta brought up risk-taking by entrepreneurs. (“What is riskier than being poor?” asked Harris-Perry, her voice rising.) After […]

Reevaluating How and Why Women Watch Sports

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Amid celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX this year and the Olympic Games, a study addressing women’s media consumption of sports has sparked some controversy. “Women (Not) Watching Women: Leisure Time, Television and Implications for Televised Coverage of Women’s Sports,” recently published in the journal Communication, Culture & Critique, centered on the question, “Why, […]