I’m confused by your questioning… I don’t think I’ve seen on this blog where we’ve called a female a bitch or slag. In a side note I use bitch for both sexes.
I’m gonna answer this now but I hope someone else will edit and put their personal input in. I grew up watching these movies. When I was younger every year I dressed up as Snow White or Cinderella for Halloween. Snow White was my idol, because of her love of animals. I loved animals. I grew up fine to be honest, obviously since I’m writing on a feminist blog. But I don’t think movies that you watch when you’re a child are going to turn you into a damsel in distress. In life today there are so many children’s movies that have strong female role models such as Tangled, the Princess and the Frog, etc.
If he only opens doors for women, that is a problem. If he opens doors for everyone, there is no problem.
Chivalry is an ancient idea that men must treat women like they are dainty flowers because the delicate little girls that we are cannot do anything for ourselves. Basically chivalry and damsel in distress ideals are ancient and stupid gender role ideals that should be dead. Holding a door open for a women is a great thing if you’re being polite but holding a door open for a women just because she’s a women is chivalry and while not exactly a “negative” type of sexism (I mean it’s not like it’s cat-calling, harassment) but it’s still sexism. It’s like a polite catch-22.
Amendment 26 is government going too far.
It’s bad for our health, out of line with Mississippi values, and its costs are the last thing our economy needs right now.
We all want to reduce the number of abortions, but 26 is so extreme that it would ban common forms of birth control like the pill.
Think about it…26 would threaten women’s lives. A pregnant woman battling cancer might not have access to the treatment to save her own life.
26 would force the victim of rape or incest to carry a pregnancy caused by her attacker, forcing her to relive the horror of her attack.
26 would mean higher taxes, more government spending on social services, and a bonanza for trial lawyers.
In this economy, the last thing we need is another unnecessary law that would that would cost us millions.
Vote NO on Amendment 26.
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By Tracy Oliver
Last night, a few of my castmates -Issa Rae (J), Sujata Day (CeCe), Madison T. Shockley III (Fred), and Tristen Winger (Darius) came to my apartment to shoot a scene for the next “Awkward Black Girl” episode. Hours after we wrapped the shoot, we stayed in my living room passionately discussing the future of “ABG” til 3am. The topic of discussion: Should “ABG” stay on the Web or go to television?
Six months ago, that answer was emphatically television. I distinctly remember sitting in coffee shops with Issa, strategizing ways to reach potential producers, executives, and networks that may be a good fit for “ABG.” We were even writing an extensive treatment for the series, visualizing how the characters and storylines could be adapted into a half-hour comedy.
I’ll admit it. The prospect of “ABG” on television is enticing. The thought of millions of people sitting around their flat screens watching a weekly version of the show is pretty exciting. The thought of an African-American female lead with dark skin and a short fro starring in a mainstream comedy is downright revolutionary.
On television, “ABG” could be what “The Cosby Show” was back in the day — a universal show breaking in several actors of color in front of the screen and writers and directors of color behind the scenes. In a perfect world, it could change the perceptions of African-American women at large and fill a void that’s absent in mainstream media.
The only problem is, we don’t live in a perfect world.
Television today often doesn’t reflect the beauty in diversity, in front or behind the camera. The numbers of writers and directors of color working in television are dismal. The numbers of femalewriters and directors of color are even worse. According to a recent DGA study, white males directed 77% of all television episodes for the 2010-2011 season, while women of color directed just 1%.
When looking at these statistics, the reality of selling “ABG” to a network lends itself to many questions. Who will become the showrunner(s) and will they understand our vision? How many writers of color will be staffed? Will we able to maintain our current cast? How much creative control will we have over the content?
To answer these questions, Issa and I sat down with a television executive from a prominent network. In short, his response confirmed our worst fears. He felt that in order for “ABG” to become more mainstream, the entire cast would need to be replaced. His suggestion for the lead character, J, was a long haired, fair-skinned actress who looked more like a model from a rap music video than an awkward black girl.
Needless to say, the meeting was frustrating. But also very eye opening. This executive’s thoughts on making “ABG” more mainstream stripped the show of what made it a hit in the first place — its relatability. The truth is, he didn’t get our show. He didn’t get our vision. And worse, he didn’t get our audience.
Our audience is the reason “ABG” is where it is today. They support our vision, and the Web allows us a unique opportunity to stay true to it. Though we haven’t yet found a way to monetize the series as we would in television, the trade off is being able to have full creative license over the content, which is ultimately why we’re excited to do what we’re doing and why our fans are excited to watch.
Tracy Oliver is a writer/producer/actor whose work can be currently seen in the hit Web series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” also known as “ABG.” “ABG” has been featured on several sites and publications, including Vibe magazine, Clutch magazine, CNN, The Root, Shadow & Act, AOL, and the Huffington Post. You can find “ABG” episodes and information HERE.
Wow at the bolded part. Wow but not entirely suprised.
I literally wow’ed too at the bolded. But it can’t go off the net. No swearing, no racial shit, no mostly people of color cast, none of some of those jokes or the spoken word type shit. NOOO!
Yes, we will support you on the need AGB, we got you, don’t worry.
If anyone ever needed insight on being a black woman, I would suggest Awkward Black Girl in a heartbeat.
My argument is that they will try to say “this is descended from african languages and that is why they speak this way” and that it isn’t able to be understood by the average English speaker. They try to “other” it and make it seem foreign, vs accepting it as what it is: a slang form of English. Furthermore, the examples that they use in studies could have come straight out of coon songs (which were written predominately by white males). And with such great hits like “All Coons Look Alike To Me” (ironically one of the few coon songs written by a black person, but you get the drift) I don’t think they (coon song writers) were really studying AAE but just mocking it for profit. And these examples of speech are handed down today for study.
What the fuck is AAE?
upon finding out what AAE is supposed to be, my sentiment is still the same.