Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 03/25/2011

Body Image in the Media: Glee Gets It Right, But Are We Ready?

Actress Ashley Fink

Actress Ashley Fink

Every once in a while, usually when 30 Rock is a re-run, I’ll flip over to the CW. And I kind of get the draw of the utterly escapist fantasies that shows like 90210 and Gossip Girl offer. Serena Van Der Woodsen / Blake Lively is like 14 feet tall with blonde hair that cascades over her shoulders as she effortlessly hails a cab on her way to a club – that just so happens to blithely serve the underage – in order to sabatoge another rich, white, tall, thin, personality-less girl in a plan that always seems to involve drugs or faked pregnancies or a trip to Geneva or something that probably could’ve been solved had she invited her nemesis to have a nice talk over …

More >

Feminism | Posted by Alec A on 01/12/2011

Gay Slurs in Television

Teddy from 90210: Closeted Gay = Open Homophobe

Teddy from 90210: Closeted Gay = Open Homophobe

I would like to preface this entire post by mentioning that most actors who play high school students in our favorite dramas are really, really old. Though they have not yet succumbed to the allure of Life Alert and Jello three times a day, they are a shockingly false portrayal of what teenagers actually look like. I’m going to postulate that shows such as 90210 and Gossip Girl have female dominated audiences, so I suppose having really old male actors serves to sexualize high school beyond its sordid reality?

In any case, Trevor Donovan, the 90210 regular whose character is slated to come out of the closet this season, is 32 years old. Though this is largely a case-in point statement, I’m …

More >

Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/15/2009

They tried that in the 90′s

Gossip Girl Gossip Girl

I’m always complaining about how Gossip Girl and 90210 and that crap are completely unrealistic to teenagers’ lives. They depict angst…but not the angst we feel – the superficial angst that everybody thinks we feel. The truth is boys, popularity and eating disorders are not all teenage girls stress over (though that is part of it…) but even more so than the topics explored, the characters in these shows don’t look like me or really act like me or anybody I know.

I’m not saying a little escapism here and there is a bad thing. I’m not going to sit on my high horse and say I don’t sometimes enjoy watching perfect faces and bodies do reckless things. But it would be nice if there was a little …

More >

Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/8/2009

another teen show rant

I’ve been watching a lot of tv on the internet lately. Especially this school year, the scheduling of most “teen” shows [Gossip Girl; 90210; etc] really clashed with my own personal schedule, which was mostly dominated by massive amounts of chem tutoring due to my adamant demands that “chemistry is inapplicable to people with social skills and I’m pretty sure it’s a massive conspiracy against the youth” …that argument will not positively affect your grade – just for future reference.

Anyway this summer was crunch time. Every night so far, I’ve cranked out all the illegal sites (bad. baaaad) that provide me with my nightly fix of Gossip Girl, 90210, and even Skins (Britian’s take on the teen melodrama).

Look we're all in bed together...sexayy

beds are for losers...over at skins we just have orgies on the floors of clubs we party in even though were 16...

beds are for losers...over at

More >