I Read the Internets, too: 26/05/07

Since Revena’s away at WisCon communing with other feminist geeks, I’ll be trying to fill her shoes with this column (with much help from the other regular Hathor authors) this week and next. To start, despite the criticisms I’ve leveled recently against both of these shows, Jennifer L. Pozner at WIMN’s Voices reminds us that […]

A Tale of Three Weddings

Season/series finale season is upon us, which means that many shows that focus on relationships are ending off with proposals and weddings. Last week, I watched the penultimate episodes of three shows that included marriage themes, two of which led to nothing but eye rolls and the final which gets only half points. Case study […]

The language of lust

George Lakoff is a prominant linguistics professor at Berkeley who is reasonably well known outside the field for his accessible analyses of political discourse. In his more academic work, he details the ways that cognitive structures are set up based on series of linguistic and metaphorical “schema”. The title of one of his early books, […]

Veronica Mars: “Grade” is not the verb I’d choose

You’d think Veronica Mars might have learned from the widespread criticism they got for mishandling the portrayal of sexual assault that treading into such territory requires a good deal of caution and dexterity. At least, I would hope so, but apparently I’m a baseless optimist. The most recent episode (“Debasement Tapes”) features, as one of […]

Heroes: Do better

I find it exceptionally painful when a show that is brilliant in every other way, and that I really, really love, fails miserably on the presentation of women characters. And everything about Heroes just keeps getting better and better, with that one glaring exception. First, it’s worth noting that there are only two female “heroes” […]

Brothers & Sisters: Some misses

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the new show “Brothers & Sisters” when it first came on. Overall, now, I like the show mainly for its array of complex characters and its portrayal of grown family members who love each other, but don’t always like each other very much. In terms of the […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Why rape is different

There are two criticisms that I hear frequently when I talk to people outside the feminist community about my activist work against sexual violence–first, that violence against women is a specific, rather than a general, socially supported problem of misogyny. We’ve talked about that quite a lot over at the main site. The second, however, […]