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Hex

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 by scarlett

I was given the first season of British TV series Hex for my birthday, and three episodes in, I’m unimpressed. What’s largely got my back up is the excessive use of unrequited love between a lesbian Thelma and her best female mate, Cassie. Cassie doesn’t return Thelma’s feelings, and there’s a bit of interpretation as […]

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All Saints: the Beginning

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 by scarlett

Last year, I griped a lot about just how bad All Saints had gotten in its portrayal of women and women’s issues compared to how it used to be. For Christmas, I got the first and second seasons on DVD. I’m remembering exactly why I loved this show, and why I keep watching it as […]

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A Kiss is Just a Kiss?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 by scarlett

I was watching Degrassi High with a male friend (we’re both in our early twenties) and my sixteen-year-old sister. There was one episode where Caitlin, a fifteen-year-old, ropes her study partner, Arthur, a thirteen- or fourteen-year-old who is obviously smitten with her, into lying to her boyfriend Joey because she wants to cancel their date […]

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Torchwood: Gwen Cooper

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 by MaggieCat

As a fan of both procedural dramas and a sci-fi geek, Torchwood is practically the perfect show for me. And it comes with the super duper bonus of a lead character who is female and manages to be both strong and feminine without falling into any stereotype that I recognize. Yay!
In the beginning, Gwen Cooper […]

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Keep Your Hair Back!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 by scarlett

I was watching one of the new episode of All Saints recently, and one of the ambos, Cate, had her hair tied back with a few tendrils framing her face. She spent the entire episode either tilting her hair to push the hair out of her face, or talking while peering through the hair.
This isn’t […]

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DJH: Censored PtII

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 by scarlett

In Censored, three male characters - Joey, Snake and Wheels - take to putting pinups of girls in bikinis in their lockers, and grading the girls of Degrassi as they go by in the halls. Two girls, LD and Alexa, retaliate by putting beefcake pinups in their lockers, and doing the same to the boys. […]

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Persepolis

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 by C. L. Hanson

In this life you’ll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it’s their own stupidity that makes them act that way. That will keep you from responding to their meanness. There’s nothing worse in this world than bitterness and revenge. Hold your head up and stay […]

DJH: Censored PtI

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 by scarlett

The episode of Degrassi Junior High, Censored, evolves around a parent’s movement to have Spike ousted from the school for being pregnant. Having a pregnant student in the population, they claim, is a bad influence.
(In all fairness, a couple of people point out that Spike might actually be happier at a school created for pregnant […]

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28 Days Later…

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 by MaggieCat

**MAJOR spoilers, horror film gore, and discussion of rape behind the jump**
28 Days Later is usually classified as a zombie film despite having only minor commonalities with the traditional movie zombies. The movie shows the destruction of most of the UK population after a rescue attempt on an animal research facility releases chimpanzees that are […]

Cattle Call #4

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 by scarlett

A discussion about the number of teenage girls seducing “˜innocent’ men on television got me thinking about a Blue Heelers episode from a couple of years ago. Two high school girls have fallen out because the young, good-looking band conductor is sleeping with both of them. He denies it, but as the evidence mounts, so […]

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