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“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 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

The "whore"

The “whore”

“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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Not-So-Guilty Pleasures Ep.1: Grey’s Anatomy


We all have those guilty pleasure TV shows that we hide with dirty shame (Dances Moms). Then there are those guilty pleasures that we will always defend until we’re blue in the face; for me that blue-face inducing show is Grey’s Anatomy. Although I would agree that a lot of what hooks me on the show is the heart-stopping drama and dreamy characters, but there are also a lot of meaningful messages and significant feminist values.

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“And I Think I’m Kinda Gay”: Bisexuality and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

*Mega spoilers ahead*

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has always been celebrated for realistic depictions of LGBT characters, and holds the title of the first TV show to portray a lesbian sex scene. Joss Whedon planned from the beginning of the show to put one of the lead characters into a queer relationship, and he ended up choosing Willow, Buffy’s best friend. Continue reading

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