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By the end of Elementary’s finale, a few of us here at Nerdophiles were in agreement: Elementaryhad surpassed our expectations, and even dethroned Sherlock as our favorite interpretation of the Conan Doyle stories.
ELEMENTARY IS FABULOUS, THAT IS ALL
Marissa Sammy on Star Trek: Into Whiteness.
perfect commentary which parallels what Rawles was saying earlier about the possibility of Moriarty being a person of color:
You see? It’s more complicated than “people of color get typecast as villains.”
Black people get typecast as an extremely specific type of villain - they’re thugs, brutish and animalistic. South Asian actors are similarly typecast as scary oppressive (usually coded Muslim) terrorists.
But when your villain is of the superhuman archetype? When they’re brooding antiheroes, when they’re nuanced, when they’re multi-faceted?
(And check out this post on the glorification of white criminality in shows like Dexter, Breaking Bad, Weeds, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, etc.)
New documentary “The Punk Singer” reminded me.
In reviewing The Punk Singer, Laina Dawes presents a thoughtful and relevant critique of riot grrls and race. I have generally felt empowered and inspired by the Riot Grrrl scene — but this article provided a different, more critical perspective of a movement I, being born a good 15 years too late, have only been able to look at through the lens of hindsight.
I think that for the women of my generation, those of us following Gen X and scenes like the riot grrls…we have the torch now. & there’s a lot the riot grrrl scene can teach us — one of my favourite things is that they are angry and not afraid or ashamed of it. In the intro to “Double Dare Ya,” there’s this strong, self-assured holler: We’re Bikini Kill and we want revolution girl style now!
We want revolution. Anger at society is still righteous. We still need to challenge bullshit -isms, from feminism to capitalism, and racism and clasism and the list goes on. We still need to do it by supporting each other, working together, and creating our own alternatives and validating each other. Those are all bits of the riot grrrl manifesto and critiques from Laina Dawes and Mimi Thi Nguyen tell us they didn’t get it quite right, but also tells us we can hopefully learn from mistakes. We can learn as much from the criqitues as we can the movement itself.
In the end, feminism that isn’t inclusive of all women, that puts privilege and ego above sisterhood, that doesn’t take into accounts the lives and experiences of wcacross boundaries of class, ethnicity, race, body type, age, etc, a feminism that can’t listen or learn… then that’s feminism that needs refining.
BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real.
-final clause, RIOT GRRRL MANIFESTO