I Heart Television

I didn’t have television in childhood. We lived in places without electricity, without television service, and then in places where we had no interest in television (and couldn’t have afforded one even if we’d wanted television service). I was exposed to television occasionally in my teens at the homes of friends, where I watched in […]

Man Pain TV

There’s a theme I’ve remarked upon in fiction, especially in literary fiction, that also carries over to television: if the story is about a man, it’s considered a ‘universal’ story, applicable to everyone, while if it’s about a woman, it’s ‘women’s literature.’ Television, that great democratic medium beamed into the houses of millions of viewers, […]

Telling Our Own Stories

Throughout history, members of dominant classes have been telling the stories of marginalised groups, presenting those stories through a dominant lens and tightly controlling the narrative. It’s a system that allows structures of power and oppression to continue, because the people at the bottom of the system have no opportunity to fight those at the […]

The Coding of Fatness

When was the last time you encountered a neutral depiction of a fat person? A casual illustration at the side of a news article, say, discussing a topic that has nothing to do with fat, one that perhaps needs people as an illustration, like coverage of people relaxing on the beach to beat the summer […]