A man without a woman is like a fish without water

The assumption we generally make is that reducing female character to nothing but love interests objectifies women. But I’m going to tackle this issue from the other side, and ask what it says about men. If a man has an exciting fulfilling life, running around catching spies or diffusing bombs, or winning on Wall Street […]

Lovesick Guys

On-screen pining isn’t just for female characters: male characters also fall for females so hard they can barely think straight. So why is it we women generally take more offense when women are shown this way? Example time: how about John Crichton from Farscape? And for an example that’s known to more people, Ross from […]

Jessica Lynch: a Character in Her Own Life

A brief recap for those who don’t remember: Private Lynch, a 19-year-old army clerk from Palestine, West Virginia, was captured when her company took a wrong turning just outside Nasiriya and was ambushed. From: the BBC coverage that told the truth. Remember now? Cute little blond girl who valiantly fought the savage Iraqis, not wanting […]

When did feminism become something to be ashamed of?

In the eighties, people were talking about women stepping up to the plate. Women were competing in the work place, and “studies” by the infamous “they” (you know, the “they” who says eggs are bad/good for you this week) popped up right and left to let women know having a job caused miscarriages, there was […]

Do men see women differently…

…and is that part of the problem when they write female characters badly? I’m going to tell you at the start that my answer is “no”. But I think the question had to be asked, after I gave some more thought to the Are We Jeaolus? topic raised the other day. I got to thinking […]

Wheels on Fire

Absolutely Fabulous is hard to explain. It shows a lot better than it tells. But I’ll give it a shot. It’s a British comedy show that’s off and on for over a decade, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. It’s not really designed for audiences outside the UK – it’s too unapologetically British, peppered with […]

Discussion question – When you see stereotypes

Imagine you’re watching a TV show or film. A male character runs to his car as he’s being pursued by someone or something. As soon as he reaches the car, he drops his keys, and the time he spends scrabbling around for them gives whatever was chasing him time to catch up. Do you think: […]