feminism

The Golden Girls

The Golden GirlsWas “The Golden Girls” actually cutting-edge feminist television in the form of a sitcom about four aging women? It’s hard for me to jump on that bandwagon when the four women in question represented distinct stereotypes: The Slut (Blanche), The Rube (Rose), The Hard Ass (Dorothy), and The Old Lady (Sophia). Granted, there were episodes revolving around 80s hot topics, such as when Rose thought she had AIDS. But wasn’t that just a bit silly? And didn’t it get preachy when Blanche “explained” to Rose that AIDS does not discriminate, and even a dipshit rube can contract it?

All of that aside, “The Golden Girls” was much more empowering when it was subtle. If Dorothy wants a piece of cheesecake at 2am, by God, she will have it. Not everything has to be about sex, or relationships, or death. When I think of how “The Golden Girls” fits into my life, I think of pastels, oversized double knits, and sassy retorts. For me, that’s enough “feminism” because I’m a slut, a rube, a hard ass, and an old lady – all in one. Aren’t we all?

Ms. Pac Man

Ms Pac ManThis might be one of the best things I’ve ever knitted. As for Ms Pac-man herself, I’m not sure that I buy into her being a feminist icon. She likely made video games more appealing to girls, but is one game out of hundreds really enough? I don’t think so. While I appreciate that she can wear a bow and lipstick while still kicking ass and getting shit done, I say fuck everyone and I’m going to play Space Invaders if I feel like it. Furthermore, I will kick anyone in the shins who gets in my way, and I’ll wear a dress while I do it.