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“Royals” parody video takes aim at typecasting of women of color in Hollywood

Lorde’s “Royals” continues to be an eminently re-makable song. In this lolsob-inducing parody, “Typecast,” actress Tess Paras highlights the frustrations of being a non-white actress in an industry that — despite the popularity of recent shows like Scandal and The Mindy Project — still doesn’t give women of color the opportunity to be much more than the white girl leading lady’s sidekick. From “oversexed Asian” to “urban girls of flavor,” the range of roles available is pretty bleak.

(h/t PolicyMic)

Maya loves New Girl and would love Other Girl too.

Lorde’s “Royals” continues to be an eminently re-makable song. In this lolsob-inducing parody, “Typecast,” actress Tess Paras highlights the frustrations of being a non-white actress in an industry that — despite the popularity of ...

Feministing Follow Friday: TV on Twitter

I watch TV on the internet. I don’t have an actual set (lol), I don’t have any friends who have actual sets, and I don’t have wifi at home. I’m also a law student, which means if I regularly took the time to watch an entire show I would probably die of guilt. So, I “keep up” with TV purely via Twitter — and I always appreciate a good feminist lens (I know, shocking). Here are some of the Feministing crew’s favorite ladies who livetweet shows with equal parts wit and gender analysis.

I watch TV on the internet. I don’t have an actual set (lol), I don’t have any friends who have actual sets, and I don’t have wifi at home. I’m also a law student, which means ...

Skyler White with text "I'm not always a bitch. Just kidding, I always am"

The Skyler White problem: can we accept complex female characters?

*Spoilers for Breaking Bad, Buffy, Firefly, and Game of Thrones*

Sophia McDougall’s great article “I hate Strong Female Characters” has been posted all over my social networks in the past week. I agree that female characters in pop fiction rarely get to be full, complex people, and that “strength” often functions as another one-dimensional, unrealistic cliche.

I’ve been mulling over this topic, and it seems to me the problem involves more than just writers creating one-dimensional women. Women in the real world get pigeon-holed into impossibly contradictory stereotypes, too (virgin/whore) – I’m a woman and a feminist I know I work to be conscious of this kind of stereotyping, including of myself. Meanwhile, the actions of white men rarely limit ...

*Spoilers for Breaking Bad, Buffy, Firefly, and Game of Thrones*

Sophia McDougall’s great article “I hate Strong Female Characters” has been posted all over my social networks in the past week. I agree that female characters ...

“Orange is the New Black” offers new opportunity to discuss trans* issues

I can’t say that I love Netflix’s latest original series “Orange Is The New Black.” I haven’t finished watching the thirteen episode season, but find myself agreeing with the critiques laid out by Autostraddle and The Nation, specifically regarding uninspired stereotypes of women of color, the absence of sex lives for queer women of color, and the dismissiveness of sexual assault. I’m also just not in the market for “Weeds in Prison,” considering how terrible that show became in its later seasons.

All that aside, I appreciate “Orange Is The New Black” for introducing me to Laverne Cox, the actress who plays Sophia Burset, a black trans character who found herself in prison after committing credit fraud in ...

I can’t say that I love Netflix’s latest original series “Orange Is The New Black.” I haven’t finished watching the thirteen episode season, but find myself agreeing with the critiques laid out by Autostraddle and ...

How excited are you to get relationship advice from Ron and Tammy II?

I somehow get the sense that we’ve got more than a few Parks and Rec fans around these parts. So I’m sure you’re as pumped as I am that the real-life duo of Ron (Nick Offerman) and Tammy II (Megan Mullally) will answer all your relationship questions. I mean, how could this not be great?

Let’s see if their advice is as good as their costar Amy Poehler’s. And while we’re at it, can Andy and April tell me how to live my life too?

I somehow get the sense that we’ve got more than a few Parks and Rec fans around these parts. So I’m sure you’re as pumped as I am that the real-life duo of Ron (Nick ...

Leslie Knope’s sexuopolitical dreams are coming true

“Sexuopolitical” is a word I just made up for when you think a political figure is super sexy. This is how certain members of the Feministing crew feel about Barack (though I reckon more of us feel that way about Michelle). It’s how almost all the young women of America in 1961 felt about JFK. It’s how more than a few American men in 2012 feel about Elizabeth Warren. And it’s about how Leslie Knope, who is fictional, feels about Joe Biden.

“Parks and Rec”’s heroine has on multiple occasions mentioned her crush on the man who was just reelected as VP. Her dream man would have the brain of George Clooney and the body of Mr. Biden, and her celebrity ...

“Sexuopolitical” is a word I just made up for when you think a political figure is super sexy. This is how certain members of the Feministing crew feel about Barack (though I reckon more of us feel ...

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