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This is the tumblr for my as-of-lately rarely updated blog, Pop Shot, a simpler place for me to drop off all the random thoughts in my brain and a dumping ground for every one of the amazing things I happen to find whilst meandering on the Internet- pictures, videos, songs, quotes, and websites that would otherwise languish in folders or on my browser's Favorites bar until I felt I could organize and post them "properly". Enjoy the unorganized mess!
I discovered that TED and TEDWomen have never featured a talk on abortion.
…When I asked around, the consensus was that the omission was simply an oversight. But it turns out TED is deliberately keeping abortion off the agenda. When asked for comment, TED content director and TEDWomen co-host Kelly Stoetzel said that abortion did not fit into their focus on “wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights.”
“Abortion is more of a topical issue we wouldn’t take a position on, any more than we’d take a position on a state tax bill,” Stoetzel explained. She pointed me to a few talks on women’s health and birth control, but this made the refusal to discuss abortion only more glaring. In the last three years, the United States has seen more abortion restrictions enacted than in the entire previous decade; the United Nations has classified the lack of access to abortion as torture; and Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland because a Catholic hospital refused to end her doomed pregnancy. Just how is abortion not an issue of “justice, inequality and human rights”?
When I’m over at my parents house we inevitably end up watching that one detective-ish show on the Hallmark channel that stars the chick who used to be the eponymous Christy, because my mom loves it.
This inevitably leads me to seeing commercials for all their other original series, as well, and makes me feel torn, because on one hand, look at all these stories about women! And on the other, it’s Hallmark, which is about one step up from Lifetime. (Not that Lifetime can’t have guilty pleasures or even the occasional really good made-for-TV movie … but still).
I will say this though
Elementary’s portrayal of PoC is FANTASTIC (as compared to other popular TV shows, at least)
but I highly doubt it would pass the Bechdel test
(at least insofar as I’ve seen)
(this is my way of saying I think Gregson could have been a woman)
It does! Not sure what episode you’re on (or if it does it in every episode … would have to re-watch), but it has several times.
It’s funny- I was talking to my dad this morning about TV shows, and after he gushed to me about what crazy things are happening on Fringe, I volunteered that in spite of myself, I was finally getting into Lost Girl (yah, it’s growing on me). He said he’d seen a few episodes and didn’t much care for it, and was urging me to watch Grimm instead, and after a few head shakes and “Meh’s”, I suddenly blurted out that I liked Lost Girl because it had a female lead (well really, two, actually).
And it kind of shocked me, because I’d never thought I chose it/kept watching for that reason; even though I definitely think critically about female characters and their treatments, I hadn’t applied that intellectual sort of analysis to this series (seriously, up until just the past few episodes, it’s been more of a “I’m bored, let me throw on an episode” thing). But clearly the appreciation’s been sort of lurking under the surface of my viewership.
Kind of funny how my dad really didn’t have anything much to say to that, either- he sort of half-heartedly tried to mention other female characters in his show and I was like “Not the same.”