Retro Roundup 7/29/07

This time last year…

sbg observed male judges getting defensive when a female judge suggested that showing skin is not, by itself, a talent:

From the looks of it, she was an average stripper. I saw nothing that indicated she was stupendous at it. Brandy was horrified, and tried to buzz the woman off to make her stop before she had all her clothes off. After that finally happened, the judges got to have their say. Brandy expressed her horrification and indicated her belief the “talent” wasn’t really a talent, at which point both male judges admonished her and told her she was crazy; the contestant was clearly talented, hot and they loved everything about her. I think they went so far as to say they thought the woman should definitely come back and take more clothes off in front of them. Brandy’s criticism was ignored. The contestant was invited back.

(The comment thread has some interesting suggestions for how to retaliate against men who pull this shit, especially if they accuse you, the cat-fighting female, of just being jealous of how the clothes-challenged woman affects them.)

scarlett enjoyed Blue Heelers featuring a man who makes dumb relationship choices, instead of the usual woman:

After that, he relentless pursues a woman who’s not interested, has an affair with a woman who’s last name he doesn’t know, and sleeps with his boss’ wife – managing to convince himself that she’s in love with him. He barely escapes with his career in tact. You’d think he would learn from that.

BetaCandy devoted a whole article to someone she’d mentioned in passing: the mother of the two lead brothers on Wings:

It’s worth noting that when Wings was produced, the US was pretty focused on deadbeat dads who tried to cheat their own children out of support payments. To show the other side, Wings risked being accused of a misogynistic backlash in portraying a deadbeat mom. But because Wings skipped the stereotype and developed Joe’s mother to the point that she clear represented no one but herself, there was never any doubt they were doing anything but telling a very human story. Not a man’s or woman’s story.

aizjanika questioned the characterization of Vala on Stargate SG-1:

Does this childlike behavior make her a more acceptable woman to have around: childlike, subordinate, more submissive, vulnerable?

Revena wrote what became a prelude to her I Read The Internets column. I can’t really sum it up with a quote, but it has some links that are worth re-reading.


  1. Jennifer Kesler says

    Aaahhhh, I’ve been memed! 😀

    *goes off to write response*

    I’m going to post it at my LJ, so it won’t throw this site too far off-topic. :)

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