Pop-Culture | Posted by Atiya I-M on 10/15/2014

My Problem With The “Powerful Bitch” Trope

Blair Waldorf from "Gossip Girl"

Lately I’ve noticed a trend in some of my favorite shows that makes me uncomfortable on a number of levels. From Blair Waldorf on “Gossip Girl” to Sadie on “Awkward” it appears that if you are a female protagonist on TV, mean is the new black and being good gets you nowhere. These protagonists are catty and manipulative. They’ll stab you in the back, make fun of your clothes, and do it all with a smile on their face in a fierce outfit. I’m talking about the powerful bitch.

Disclaimer: I know that historically and currently “bitch” is a sexist term that is often applied to women who have the audacity to speak their minds and have ambition. I’m not speaking in that context. The …

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Feminism | Posted by Tessa M on 07/4/2012

Straw Feminism

Anita Sarkeesian on Straw Feminism

I recently came across the concept of “Straw Feminism.” Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency defines the Straw feminist as “a trope that is a deliberately created, exaggerated caricature of a feminist that is used to undermine and ridicule feminist movements.” Straw feminism is probably the main factor behind why many people associate feminism with crazy, radical, militant women, fighting against sexism and inequality that really doesn’t exist.

I know Straw Feminism works because it worked on me. For a long time this was my exact opinion of Feminism. But the thing is, I grew up idolizing a lot of really awesome female characters from some really awesome shows. I mean, my friends and I were constantly playing some variation of Xena: Warrior –Moon-Princess-who-also-slays-vampires-while-wearing-a-yellow-Ball-gown-because-Bell-is-the-best-Disney-princess …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Becka W on 09/23/2010

Veronica Mars: One Badass Chick

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars

I’m not sure how many other F-Bomb readers out there watch (or rather, watched) Veronica Mars, but I’m obsessed thanks to Netflix Instant Watch and a little bit of spare time at the start of the semester.

Veronica Mars, for those of you who haven’t seen it, was a television show that had three seasons from 2004 – 2007. It was awesome. Veronica was sassy, smart, and determined. The series initially revolved around Veronica sticking by her dad, Keith Mars, who was the former sheriff of Neptune, CA but was thrown out of office for his theories that Lilly Kane (Veronica’s former best friend/sister of her ex-boyfriend; daughter of the wealthy Kane family) wasn’t murdered by the man who came forward and admitted …

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