Women of Science Fiction Television

by on Sep.05, 2011, under Articles, Television, Visual Media, Writing

If you go look, you can find the original source of this image, which was a comparison between this set of female character sand those of the female characters that are seen on prime time television dramas and comedies that are not specifically related to speculative fiction. Arguments aside about whether medical mystery shows are speculative fiction or not, I think it was something of an unfair comparison, as we can find well rounded female characters in those types of shows just like we can find flat, sex and relationship obsessed female characters in science fiction shows.

I would like to see a factual study done, that does a genre comparison of female characters in speculative fiction over traditional drama and fiction, just to see where it does fall but in the mean time lets simply celebrate how awesome science fiction and fantasy is from a gender equality perspective (chainmail bikinis aside).

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-isms, how subtle they still appear.

by on Sep.02, 2011, under Articles, Comics, Culture, Films, Television, Visual Media

How media clearly reflects the sexism and the racism we cannot see in ourselves. [ /]

The creator of the webcomic Manly Guys Doing Manly Things re-blogged an article by a film teacher, who did an interesting study.

It works like this: I bring in my giant file of head shots, which include actors of all races, sizes, shapes, ages, and experience levels. Each student picks a head shot from the stack and gets a few minutes to sit with the person’s face and then make up a little story about them.

What she finds isn’t so surprising to me but it might be to you. Headshots of white men are the most fleshed out, often assuming main character status. Women are primarily identified by their relationships with other cast members. Minorities are more often relegated to minor roles, or antagonistic roles. This is done by students of all races, in classrooms of equal gender mixes, but even if that weren’t the case, the fact is, it is happening.

Sexism, racism, and bigotry aren’t something you always do with intention and historically never were. Good rational people espoused beliefs in the superiority/inferiority of one race or one gender because that’s what society taught them. In this day an age, our media is our society, and it teaches us, indirectly, that certain types of sexism and racism is still okay.

But it isn’t.

For you creative types out there, I challenge you to keep this in mind. I challenge you to challenge the people who might stop you from creating works that really will teach our society that it shouldn’t matter your race or gender, that each person should be evaluated as a person first.

And now I’ll leave you with a stunning quote from the article:

“You said she was a mom. Was she born a mom, or did she maybe do something else with her life before her magic womb opened up and gave her an identity? Who is she as a person?”

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Video: Most depressing life insurance commericals… ever

by on Aug.22, 2011, under Art, Entertainment, Television, Videos, Visual Media

Do not read this entry if you are not in a good mood. Even if you are in a good mood, consider not watching these videos. Really. Most depress things ever.

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I apologize for sharing this but this is definitely a misery loves company type of sharing. Plus, as far as life insurance commercials go, this one makes far more sense than the average baby life insurance commercial… except for that last line which makes it an utterly crappy commercial. Unless Thai life insurance in some way helps you while you’re still alive…?

Life insurance commercials play on emotions to sell you an odd investment. Pay us money, and we’ll pay someone an amount of money after you die. They can’t come right out and say that to you in a commercial, because that entire premise is rather morbid.

So they show you highly emotional, loving, and depressing, situations that more or less involve death, and tell you to purchase life insurance. Like these commercials:

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They should rename the show Rory

by on Jul.13, 2011, under Entertainment, Television, Visual Media

Warning: The below image does contain spoilers from Season 5 and 6 of Doctor Who.

Fan of the last two season of Doctor Who will find this hilarious. Others, not so much, but you should catch up so you can.

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Book Watch: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

by on Jul.05, 2011, under Book Watch, Books, Entertainment, Television

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Date Started: March 17th, 2011
Date Finished: July 4th, 2011

I liked it. I had one friend who informed me I should read it several months before the television show was released. Sadly I didn’t manage to finish the book before the first season of the television show finished, which meant that two key plot points of the climax of the book were spoiled for me. Being such a relatively old book most say it should be well past spoiler period but I digress.

As a book it was a good read but it didn’t inspire me to read it very much. It dragged in the middle, causing me to put it down as much as read it and I even paused to read another book in the middle of this one. Only one or two of the characters out of a rather large cast really kept my attention. I’ll be pausing before picking up the next book but I’ll eventually get to it.

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Phineas and Ferb movie!

by on Jul.01, 2011, under Entertainment, Television, Videos, Visual Media

Phineas and Ferb TV Movie Announced [Wired]

Phineas and Ferb is one of the best television shows on TV right now. Sadly I don’t have regular access to cabal television so I can’t always watch the newer episodes which air on Disney but I have learned, thanks to wired, that a made for TV movie will be airing later this summer. Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension will premiere on the Disney Channel on Friday, August 5 at 8:00pm ET/PT, with a sneak On Demand preview beginning on August 1.

The trailer for the movie can be found embedded in the wired article above but I will link to a clip from the film below.

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Comic: Nine, Ten, Eleven

by on Jun.07, 2011, under Comics, Entertainment, Television, Visual Media

Just had to share this.

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Delivery Boys & Dark Matter AKA Futurama

by on May.23, 2011, under Entertainment, Gaming, Roleplaying Games, Television, Visual Media

As found here, Flicker user Remile has made an image of the characters of the cartoon show Futurama, and gave them statistics as if they were D&D characters. Uploaded for your viewing pleasure.

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Writing: Open, Closed, and the Moment They Figure It Out

by on May.15, 2011, under Articles, Blog, Television, Visual Media, Writing

Open, Closed, and the Moment They Figure It Out by Doris Egan [Tightrope Walker]

An article about a style of writing mystery, focusing primarily on television shows. Focuses on the idea of an Open/Closed storytelling and a trope commonly used in American television known as the Moment They Figure it out.

The article also a great analysis of the first two episodes of season six of Doctor Who (2005) in relation to those topics. Very illuminating.

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New York Times, Women, and Game of Thrones, which of these things doesn’t belong?

by on Apr.29, 2011, under Articles, Blog, Comic Links, Comics, Entertainment, Television, Visual Media

First off I haven’t gotten to see the first episode and sadly it is unlikely I will until the DVDs come out as my television time is limited and I am only half way through the first book.

Secondarily, I’m sure you’ve heard of the article by Ms. Ginia Bellafante fromThe New York Times regarding her views on A Game of Thrones.  No? Well you’re in for a treat. Ms. Bellafante is not a fan of the Game of Thrones television series or, it seems, fantasy novels in general, and feels no women really are. She actually goes so far as to suggest the sex scenes were added to the show in order to attract a female audience.

This, obviously, is causing some outrage.

Ladies the New York Times Thinks You Hate Fantasy []

A Live Woman Who’d Gladly Watch A Game of Thrones (Even Without the Sex Scenes) []

And my personal favorite:

Weregeek: 2011-04-21: Game of Thrones

And to finish it all off, George R. R. Martin himself has broke his no comment rule to comment upon the article linked above.

Boy Fiction? [Not A Blog (The Live Journal of George R. R. Martin)]


Angry Sarah is cute.

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