“I Want You to Go and Never Come Back”: The Evolution of Mad Men’s Joan Holloway

Oh, don’t we all love Mad Men? I certainly do. Since 2007 it has been serving up some wonderful female characters, who show how the US evolved to respect and value women in the workplace. The very obvious example in here is Peggy Olson, who was promoted to copywriter in the first season after proving her wittiness to Don Draper. She certainly shows how women learned to survive in male dominated fields, but often at the expense of other women (no hate on Pegs, but this is true). I, personally, am fascinated by the arc we see Joan Holloway (Harris? Nah) undergo in the 7.  She starts off as a secretary, and then shows the men in her workplace, and her life, how indispensable she is, though she rarely attempts to run with the “boys club”. Joan gives value to women-centric jobs that were then (and even now) looked down upon.

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The Evil Sex: Abstinence Based Sexual Education Vs You

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Wide-eyed and bushy tailed, I sit down eagerly waiting for a new world in learning, a class called “Sex Ed” awaits me. I watch in anticipation as my teacher swaggers their way up to the front of the class and turns on the projector, something new and interesting is coming. The projector radiates heat, and the class starts with a bang… “STDS”, “AIDS”, “PREGNANCY”, “FALLEN OFF GENITALIA”, “PAIN”, “DEATH”. From the 5th grade until high school graduation (for those who are lucky), schools teach us that sex is something to be feared and I almost fell for it. Continue reading

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“We are, Like, Feminist Heroes”: Broad City and Everyday Feminism

No, New Republic, Broad City is not “post feminist”. It is, in fact, FEMINIST AS $#%&. Let this rant (a probably poorly written one at that) ensue.

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The Cake Is A Lie And So Is The Perception of Gamers and Women in Video Games

Disclaimer: Let me just start by saying that I don’t consider myself a “gamer” because of my recent lack of gaming. I do, though, read books about game theories, have taken video game/animation classes, and know about games! Theoretically I could call myself a gamer, but I won’t, but I can…

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I grew up with video games. From playing Bubble Bobble on a dinosaur of a computer, to throwing chickens in Ocarina of TimeI lived in the many worlds created by video game creators. Back then, as a kid, it was just family fun; it was a chance for my brothers and I to bond on rainy days and it was an even playing field. Growing older, I start to feel that it is a statement to play video games, not just a fun activity to  partake in for some good old competition or a distraction that takes more strategy and brain power. Now, apparently there are qualifications to call yourself a gamer, and most of those qualifications have to do with being male. The video game world is not one that is comfortable for a woman. Women and girls who play these games have to deal with grumpy male “gamers” who apparently create the “gamer” requirements, and also they have to deal with a lack of strong playable female characters, let alone ones who are realistically female.

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A break from our regularly scheduled programming….

…Because season 2 Of Orange is the New Black is out. Can we just take a moment of silence for the perfection that is Poussey Washington?

 

I’m in love.

xoxo

Bitca Brynna or Bitca Elena (or both)

The Cabin in the Woods: The Virgin/Whore Dichotomy Visualized

The 2012 horror film The Cabin in the Woods aimed to transcend the traditional plot and gimmicks of slasher flicks. Put simply, a facility has placed young adults in rigged death situations that closely mirror horror films, as an offering to the Ancient Ones, who would destroy the earth if this ritual was not fulfilled. The regurgitation of horror movie stereotypes mixed with the plot of The Facility was a witty commentary on the state of the genre. In particular, the two types of females prevalent in horror films, the

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“virgin” and the “whore”, are used in a stereotypical fashion in backlash to the genres fetishization of these two types. In society at large, each woman is expected to be both a virgin, pure and good, as well as a whore, sexual and bad. This dichotomy created by the patriarchy is on direct display throughout this film, and it seems that the creators, Goddard and Whedon, were motivated to parody it, like many other genre-typical actions.

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Bitcas Collab: Our Definitive Ranking of Every Season of Every Show That Matters

If you have not seen www.thewire.com‘s article: A Definitive Ranking of Every Season of Every TV  Show That Mattered, do that please before you read our response to this article.

We were inspired by this well-thought-out and clearly logical article of rankings of every season of every TV show that mattered, we truly were. First of all, we loved the shows that were picked as the ones that mattered. Us Bitcas would have never thought to put Gilmore GirlsER, Friends, Seinfeld, and Sopranos, in the same list, not to mention included in a list with only 10 most important shows. Can we stop for a second to also give this author a round of applause for watching 15 seasons of ER, honestly that is deserving of all of the awards. Maybe, just maybe, we disagree about a few things, like for example the order of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series (SERIOUSLY SEASON 7 SHOULD BE RANKED HIGHER THAN SEASON 4) . Some may say that the list looks like it was chosen by someone who hasn’t actually seen the series, but we wouldn’t say that, no sir. Instead of giving our opinions on the choices made, we decided to make our own equally as significant and well-composed rankings of every season of every show that matters. Here it is… Oh but before we start we think that it would be great to follow the footsteps of the wise author by putting our own similar introduction/note from author:

This list is correct. It’s definitive. It’s not wrong. Don’t argue. This is no place to argue. Thanks. Xoxo. Feminist Bitcas.

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