10:46 am, lofidelica
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The Problem With The Big Bang Theory…


And this isn’t even touching on the way TBBT portrays women. Most notably the fact that until recently the only female character on the show had no understanding of science or nerd culture, and the episode in which it’s treated as a miracle that a woman is in a comic book store – “she must be lost” they say. Even Amy Farrah Fowler isn’t the geek girl representative we may have hoped for. She’s portrayed as distinctly asexual and when she mentions sex it’s always played for laughs, because of course intelligent, socially awkward women shouldn’t think about sex at all. Another troubling thing about Big Bang is its insidious homophobia. We are supposed to laugh whenever Howard and Raj do something which could be considered as homosexual. The closeness of their friendship is the target of jokes as is their fear and disgust at being mistaken for a gay couple. Again Amy Farrah Fowler’s frequent references to lesbian experimentation are treated as absurd. We are supposed to laugh at her possible attraction to Penny and at Penny’s discomfort when she alludes to this. Considering Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon) is himself gay, as is Sara Gilbert (who plays the recurring character Leslie Winkle), you would think – or at least hope for a more accepting attitude towards homosexuality. Similarly, with guest stars such as Wil Wheaton, a champion of nerd culture, you’d think they’d refrain from ridiculing nerds the way they do.

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11:10 am, lofidelica
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dramardin [feminism]
Men talk directly and transactionally, women talk contextually and relationally: ending sentences with an upward inflection, for example, to invite participation. Thatcher got to where she did partly by completely and utterly adopting the ways of men’s speech – ‘Let’s invade the Falklands?’ just wouldn’t have worked. But there’s something very dangerous about doing that, as it propagates the notion that one gendered speech style guarantees success more than another. Women’s success can come from many more angles than apeing how men work and this is what we should be aiming for.

Rare, Medium, Successful. | nazia du bois

In other words, emancipation shouldn’t be mistaken for being allowed to mimic everything men do.  

12:42 pm, lofidelica
The manic pixie dream girl (MPDG) trope is sexist as hell. The creeping, insipid nature of the sexism inherent in this character archetype is harder to put one’s finger on; the veneer makes it difficult to tease out exactly what is wrong.