Emmy Nominees

“I Kind of Like It When She Calls Me a Bitch. It Makes Me Feel Like Janis Joplin”: Third-Wave Feminism in ‘New Girl’

The cast of New Girl

There is no denying that 2013 has been a tough year for women. As a North Carolinian, I have watched as all but one Planned Parenthood in my state got slated for shut-down due to “health requirements” passed by our Republican lawmakers. At the national level, politicians have made too many rape-apologist comments to keep track of. As a feminist and former Women’s Studies major, it’s important for me to develop thick skin, and with it, an arsenal of uplifting weaponry that will keep me sane and optimistic about our future as women. Which is what has brought me to love the Fox television show New Girl. Yes, New Girl is, ultimately, a sitcom, and it is questionable whether sitcoms can hold up to serious feminist criticism or if we should just laugh along and not take them too seriously. But what’s the fun in that? When “lighthearted” media is so often blatantly sexist (the song “Blurred Lines” and its accompanying video have given feminists enough ire to last the entire year) we should acknowledge those forms of media that, even in subtle ways, subvert the sexist norm.

Listening and the Art of Good Storytelling in Louis C.K.’s ‘Louie’

Louis C.K.’s Louie “I remember thinking in fifth grade, ‘I have to get inside that box and make this shit better’… It made me mad that the shows were so bad. People have a right to relax and watch theater about themselves that makes them reflect and feel and have a good time doing it.” […]

‘Yo Bitch’: The Complicated Feminism of Breaking Bad

The cast of Breaking Bad Warning: Spoilers Ahead Season five of Breaking Bad began with the unraveling of Gus Fring’s drug operation, which had served as a puppeteer for most of the cast during the preceding seasons. The second episode, “Madrigal,” is named for the German parent company of Fring’s Los Pollos Hermanos. While the business […]

Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks

Stephanie‘s Picks: Comic-Con 2012: Sexism in Hollywood: How Far Have We Come? by Lucas Shaw via The Wrap Will Catwoman Be a Breakout Feminist Character? by Melissa Silverstein via Women and Hollywood “Nice Guys” Contribute to Rape Culture by Ben Atherton-Zeman via Ms. Magazine Women in Film by the Numbers via Reel Grrls (from Pinterest) […]

Top 10 of 2011: Leslie Knope

Guest writer Diane Shipley penned the #4 post in 2011 for our series on Emmy nominees. The piece really struck a nerve for those of us who adore the show–and the character. All we can say is “Knope 2012!”  _______ Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope “It’s a great time to be a woman in politics… […]

Emmy Week 2011: The Roundup

The 2011 Emmy Awards aired Sunday, September 18th Glee! by Cali Loria Having a character on TV who does not fit into the mold of being a perfect Westernized ideal of beauty would, in someone else’s hands, be refreshing. Glee, however, focuses on the extremes of women, enjoying the overt and campy hyperbolization of its […]

Emmy Week 2011: Why Steely Homicide Detective Sarah Linden Is So Refreshing

Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden in The Killing Guest post by Megan Kearns. Who killed Rosie Larsen? This is the pivotal question that motivates The Killing. While a murder mystery, the true catalyst of the show resides in the nuanced characters, particularly steely homicide detective Sarah Linden. Often I lament the gender inequity in films […]

Emmy Week 2011: Leslie Knope

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope “It’s a great time to be a woman in politics… Get on board and buckle up, ‘cos my ride’s gonna be a big one.” In the Parks and Recreation pilot, Leslie Knope made clear the extent of her political ambitions. But it was also clear that she was deluded. The Deputy Director of […]

Emmy Week at Bitch Flicks – Call for Writers

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards: Sunday, September 18 at 8pm   Announcing…Emmy Week at Bitch Flicks!  We’re looking for reviews and/or analysis of Emmy-nominated Television shows as well as character analysis of the Emmy-nominated Lead Actresses and Supporting Actresses. We’re leaving the topics wide open; the only criteria is that the analysis focuses on how […]

2011 Emmy Nominees

Something to break up the long, hot summer: the 2011 Primetime Emmy nominations are out. Here is a selection of the women nominated for acting. Stay tuned for an analysis of female nominees behind the camera. For the entire list of nominees, visit the official Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website. Lead Actress in […]

Emmys: After-Thoughts

Congratulations to this year’s Emmy Winners! Dearbhla Walsh, Director Maria Jacquemetton, Supervising ProducerLisa Albert, Supervising Producer Toni Collette, as Tara Gregson Glenn Close, as Patty Hewes Jessica Lange, as Big Edie Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Executive ProducerRachael Horovitz, Executive Producer Anne Pivcevic, Executive ProducerRebecca Eaton, Executive ProducerLisa Osborne, Producer Elise Doganieri, Co-Executive ProducerAmy Nabseth Chacon, Co-Executive […]

2009 Emmy Nominations

Check out the Emmy-nominated women below. I haven’t included all categories, but you can check out the entire list of Emmy nominees here. Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series 30 Rock • Reunion • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association withUniversal Media StudiosBeth McCarthy, Director Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or […]