The X-Files’ Agent Dana Scully was a richly conceived and complicated character. As a whip-smart medical doctor turned no-nonsense FBI agent, she was fierce and tenacious, paired with the rogue Agent Fox Mulder specifically because she would stand up to him and “debunk” his work. Scully never hesitated to question Mulder’s theories, regardless of how … Continue reading I Want to be Mulder’s Girl: The Character Assassination of Agent Dana Scully
It’s a long road from the eroticism of “Let me lick you up and down / ‘Til you say stop” to the materialism of “silk sheets and diamonds all white / Lucky for you that’s what I like.” If Bruno Mars’s ubiquitous song represents modern R&B, then what has popular R&B … Continue reading So You Want a Good Time? Well, Here’s My Wallet: How ‘That’s What I Like’ Twists the Female-Friendly Sex Positivity of 90s R&B
Twin Peaks episode five depicts men in limbo. Minor scenes with Sheriff Truman, the casino bosses, and the employees at Lucky Seven insurance all present men in various stereotypical roles (being henpecked; beat up by brutish thugs; and boys-clubbing it up at work, respectively). But it’s the experiences of Dougie Jones and Steven Burnett that … Continue reading Twin Peaks Episode 5: Tell Me, What Kind of Man Should I Be?
Episodes one and two of Twin Peaks established female characters as secondary, crucial only to developing male characters and expediting the plot. Sadly, episodes three and four further those limitations, pigeonholing the female characters into retrograde stereotypes, including mysticizing minority women. Only two women of color appear in the episodes -- Jade, a black prostitute, … Continue reading My Body, Yourself: Women as Gateways and Access Points in Twin Peaks S3, Episodes 3 and 4
*NOTE: the following essay overviews events from Twin Peaks season 3, episodes 1 and 2 only. Many spoilers follow.** “My log has a message for you.” Season one of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks brought viewers the Log Lady, who uttered this iconic line of dialogue. Her words were a crucial message to the detectives … Continue reading Visionaries and Vehicles, Canvases and Clues: Regressive Female Politics in Twin Peaks Season 3
I love running in the dark. The cold dark, ideally.
Reading: "Come As You Are" by Emily Nagoski; "Truthwitch" by Susan Dennard; "The Young Elites" by Marie Lu; "Ruin and Rising" by Leigh Bardugo. Watching: Psych, Riverdale, Keanu Listening to: George Michael, Bruno Mars, moody atmospheric covers from Riverdale.
*This essay originally appeared on Bust.com*
The older I get, the more role models I want. This is a markedly different attitude than my teenage self had, where you couldn’t pay me to tell me what to do.
Because I am a list-y person — and a forgetful person. Reading now: The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo Witches – Stacy Schiff A Secret History of Twin Peaks – Mark Frost Air Awakens – Elise Kova Listening to: Blue Neighborhood – Troye Sivan The Greatest … Continue reading Reading List 3/19/17