Okay, so I watch too much programming specifically targeted to teens or younger. How else would I learn important thinks like that Trix cereal has a “new” shape (the new shape is really the shape in which it was originally produced, btw, round puffs)? 😉
I’m actually not all that familiar with Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101, other than knowing it stars Britney Spears’ younger sister, who I sincerely hope is learning what NOT to do from her older sibling. It’s about a group of kids attending a private academy somewhere in California. Zoey, obviously, is the main female character.
Last night, I had it on while I did stuff around the house. The episode featured Zoey attempting to join the wrestling team. She was allowed on, and seemingly supported by the coach. When she attended her first meet, though, boy after boy who was supposed to wrestle against her chose to forfeit instead of competing against a girl, citing it was a lose-lose situation for them. Thus Zoey made it to the very top, and she’s set to wrestle after a kid rather stereotypically portrayed as a brute.
It was then Zoey found out her coach was simply using her as a means to keep his “star wrestler” fresh, so he could substitute in for Zoey against the brute. She was angry when the substitution was announced, especially so because it claimed she’s been injured. The coach told her to relax, sit down and be a good little girl.
Instead, she informed the ref that she was, in fact, not injured, and she went up against the brute. She lasted all of four seconds, which I actually like. The point of the whole affair was not to show that she was some fantastic wrestler who could beat a crazed brute who seemed focused on hurting people – it was to show that she had a right to be there, and she had a right to actually participate. It also pointedly called out the bias about girls and sports.