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Looking for one last TV show to binge-watch before another semester begins? Allow us to make some feminist-friendly suggestions!
Orange Is The New Black
We’re starting with the big guns. OITNB is a new series exclusive to Netflix that explores the stories of a cast of female-identified inmates. Not only does this show feature an almost entirely female-identified cast, it’s also one of the most diverse and intersectional casts we’ve ever seen. Featuring an incredibly strong cast of WOC, queer-identified characters, and, get this, a trans* woman actually played by a trans* woman, (Yeah, get a load of that, Ugly Betty.) OITNB is a near-perfect example of how to make a super feminist-positive show enjoyable for a wide audience in 2013. And there’s only one season so far, so you really don’t have any reason not to watch it all before the semester starts.
Parks and Recreation
When a lead character’s idol is Hillary Clinton, you’re hard-pressed to find reason NOT to fall in love with her. Parks and Rec follows female politician Leslie Knope and her co-workers through their tasks at the town of Pawnee’s, you guessed it, Parks and Recreation department. Though the show isn’t as inclusional of identities like Orange Is The New Black, there is a clear focus on strong and well-developed female characters. Though Leslie’s over-eagerness is recognized as her character’s primary flaw, her devotion to her work in politics certainly inspires.
United States of Tara
It’s very possible that this might be my favourite show of all time, so excuse me if I get emotional when I say it only lasted for three seasons. Created by Diablo Cody (She made Juno!), the show centers on Tara Gregson, a wife and working mother diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), her “alters,” and her family. Tara’s son, Marshall, also happens to be gay-identified, and USoT features a small supporting cast of other gay-identified characters. In my personal opinion, the show addresses the gay identity incredibly well, bringing up issues that will forever remain untouched by a show like Glee. (Of course, the gay boys are all white, cis, and well-off, so take it with a grain of salt.)
You’ve seen this already. You’ve seen this already. I pray to Liz Lemon you have seen this already.
I’m not really sure why it took so long for this to happen. Bomb Girls focuses on the lives of a cast of women living in the WWII-era US and the working conditions that ensued. Unfortunately, as seems to be the case with most modern shows about female casts, Bomb Girls only lasted for two seasons, but that just makes it another quick pill to swallow before summer’s end!
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The larger world never gives girls that message that their bodies are valuable simply because they are inside them. Until our culture tells young girls that they are welcome in any shape— that women are valuable to it with or without the excuse of “beauty”— girls will continue to starve.