a change afoot


“A shoddy, misogynistic excuse for good television.”

I recently read a post about the TV programme Game of Thrones. It totally interested me because I had had similar feelings attempting to watch that programme. It gets excellent reviews and wins loads of awards so I figured it was worth watching. But something about it was nigglingly wrong. It slowly dawned on me that the female characters were the root of my irritation. They’re secondary, they’re weak (even the ‘strong’ ones) and their primary purpose is to be had sex at.

So, on reading the post, a rant started up in my head about the terrible sexism in broadcasting. There are a lot of programmes and films that have seriously grated on my nerves due to the scarcity and shockingly undeveloped nature of the female characters. I get angry. I get ranty. But then I started trying to list them in my head and didn’t get very far. I turned the TV on and saw adverts for Revenge, Once Upon a Time, True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, 2 Broke Girls, The Vampire Diaries, Girls, Veep… not all programmes I actually watch but I can see that the main characters are female and, in some sense at least, strong.  Okay, obviously not the pinnacle of idealistic feminism like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but then the depictions of men can be pretty crappy too. Bad writing is bad writing, and, in general, I think it’s fair to say that broadcasting is not falling quite so heavily to one side anymore.

In the end, quite unlike me, I have something positive to say. There is clearly a change afoot from the days when Buffy was out there on her own doing it for the girls. How cool is that??