USA’s New Comedy Sirens Has Ace Representation!

Do you know what all the letters in LGBTQIA stand for? If not, you might want to look them up. Or I can just tell you – they stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual. Now if you don’t know what any of those mean, definitely go look them up.

I’m just here to point out that the A in the acronym (WHICH DOES NOT STAND FOR ALLY, DO NOT LET ANYBODY TELL YOU IT STANDS FOR ALLY. IF YOU TELL PEOPLE IT STANDS FOR ALLY AND NOT ASEXUAL GO STAND IN THE CORNER) is often overlooked. Asexual people are not well represented in media or culture at all, and asexual erasure even happens within LGBT communities.

Which is why I was fairly impressed when the new USA Network show Sirens had an asexual character!!! Now, the episode at first had the two main characters, Hank and Johnny, explaining to their co-worker Brian that “Voodoo” as they call her is ace. They did in a typically “AHAGAGHHHHHHH MEN LOVE SEX WE DON’T GET ASEXUALITY IT’S SO ~~INEXPLICABLE~~” way, which was disappointing to me – it’s great that they have an asexual character, but you don’t want the main characters making her out to be a weirdo because she doesn’t experience sexual attraction.

Voodoo clues Brian in.

Voodoo clues Brian in.

But later in the episode, when Voodoo and Brian talked about it, I think the handling of it was much better. Voodoo’s words about herself seemed to be genuine and ring true to how ace people talk about their own sexuality. ENORMOUS DISCLAIMER: I’m not ace, I’m not queer, and if you are and you disagree with my interpretation of Sirens, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know. I am invested in Siren’s representation of other sexualities (Hank is gay, too!) but I am only able to critique it based on what I have read and discussions I have had with my queer friends about queer representation.

The Importance of Leslie Knope

I make no secret of the fact that Parks and Recreation is my favorite TV show. I watch quite a bit of TV, and I have a lot of shows that I love – but Parks is my favorite. There are so many reasons that I adore Parks the most, but a main reason would have to be Leslie Knope.

Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) is the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department in the small town of Pawnee, Indiana. Here’s a few reasons that Leslie is an amazing character.

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Give Me Back My Doctor Who

I already talked about how Steven Moffat is a terrible showrunner based on the way he talks about the female fans of his shows. What’s most unfortunate, however, is that Moffat takes his misogyny and infuses it into his shows. I suppose it’s not surprising that his misogyny is reflected in the things he is in charge of, but it is really disappointing.

I fell in love with Doctor Who exam week of my first semester in college. My sister had been telling me to watch it for a long time, but I had watched the first two episodes and didn’t really get it. In my search for something to help me procrastinate, I gave it another try – and became totally consumed by it. It’s very difficult to describe exactly what’s so amazing about the show (which has been on for fifty years – I only watched since the reboot of the series in 2005), but the enormous and dedicated fanbase indicates its pretty special.

Moffat took a brilliant show and kind of shat on it, both generally and in terms of lady characters, poc characters, and queer characters. We went from having fully developed female companions who could hold their own with the Doctor, who can be a rather formidable character (as 900 year old aliens with time traveling boxes tend to be) to flat, stereotyped characters who are more pawns of the Doctor’s than anything else.

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Donna never took no shit.

It’s so disheartening to lose something that meant a lot to you. I really have no interest in Doctor Who anymore – which is sad, considering how much I used to love it. My laptop still has a Doctor Who decal, and I maintain that my TARDIS blanket was the best $25 I ever spent, but I think of the show as something that has ended, an era in time that’s already over even though it’s still on. It’s just not the same anymore.

Snake 2016

I should make a general rule that old white men are not allowed to speak to me unless they are giving me money or a job. Because they always end up sharing political opinions with me like I’m going to agree with them, and I always meet them with blank stares, which is honestly the most respectful reaction I can muster. It always happens to me at work, for some reason. Old white guys stand at the counter and say some variation of “Obama is destroying this country” and I can’t understand why they can’t just let me make them their copies without having to share their antiquated political views with me.

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7 Female Fronted Comedies

I think it’s one of the most common and seemingly innocuous myths about women; they’re not funny.

Now you can disagree with me on this, but I think that the accusation that women aren’t funny is really just a veiled way of saying women aren’t smart. Comedy – excuse me, most comedy – requires some brains to pull off. Fortunately, the idea that women aren’t funny is just baseless. Here’s just seven reasons why:

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