I Want to be Mulder’s Girl: The Character Assassination of Agent Dana Scully

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

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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

        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 5: Tell Me, What Kind of Man Should I Be?

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?

My Body, Yourself: Women as Gateways and Access Points in Twin Peaks S3, Episodes 3 and 4

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

Visionaries and Vehicles, Canvases and Clues: Regressive Female Politics in Twin Peaks Season 3

*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