Watch good television!
We all watch TV, weekly if not daily.
I watch a lot of TV, I think it’s an under appreciated medium because unlike film you can build relationships with characters over years unlike in a book or film. I like to think the amount of TV I watch is okay for two reasons:
A) I multi-task and watch it whilst doing other things like ironing and drawing.
B) I watch TV that is entertaining and challenging. And some of the television I watch makes me feel proudly feminist just for watching and appreciating it!
I’ll give an example:
Anything by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal). Shonda consistently casts strong leading female characters. Her story lines consistently challenge feminist, equality and social issues in a beautiful empowering way. Her characters, male and female, gay and straight, are the type of media figures you’d want to inspire and influence your children. And last year her show Scandal became the first to cast a female african-american lead on primetime television in nearly four decades.
Just watching and appreciating good-positive for society and the media-television can make me feel actively feminist.
Even reading the following quote made me feel like I was fighting the good fight by watching the right TV.
Question addressed to Shonda Rhimes: love your shows but why all the gay and lesbian story lines?
Her answer: Because I believe everyone should get to see themselves reflected on TV. EVERYONE. And because I love all my gay and lesbian friends. AND because I think same-sex marriage is the civil rights fight of our era and back when being a person of color was the civil rights fight, people like Norman Lear put black people on TV and helped change some minds. So you know, it’s gotta be paid forward. As long as we are willing to sit by while one person is not free, none of us are free.
And FINALLY: because as long as someone feels like it is okay to ask the question “why all the gay people on your shows”, then there is still a HUGE problem that needs to be solved. It’s like asking “Why all the black people on your shows”. (Which is, in fact, why there are also a lot of people of color on my shows . Cause people keep asking. Like it’s unusual. Which means we have a LONG way to go). Okay, done preaching.