Articles about Television
Emily Hoyle reports on the slow progress made regarding women's representation on TV panel shows generally, nearly a year after the BBC acted on recommendations to boost women's presence on screen
Emily Hoyle // 10 January 2015
Channel 4 describes Viktoria Modesta as "inspiring, unique and very hot" with "a difference that sets her apart from the idealised form of a pop artist". Gemma Varnom asks, can a disabled performer only be noticed or valued if her performance centres on her apparent otherness?
Gemma Varnom // 19 December 2014
Kate Bonynge looks at the third series of BBC3's Some Girls, a comedy about three 18 year olds that marks a change from the male dominated programmes we've come to expect
Kate Bonynge // 16 December 2014
Ailsa Bristow looks at the second season of Masters of Sex and finds an approach to sexual awareness that is unashamedly political and unafraid of challenging viewers
Ailsa Bristow // 13 November 2014
Stephanie Phillips enjoys rare footage on The Culture Show's Girls Will be Girls episode but is left wanting more than talk of fashion, women's sex appeal and lingering concerns over the survival of the female punk spirit
Stephanie Phillips // 6 July 2014
Following on from Sara Yasin's retrospective look back at Dawson's Creek, Melissa Dunne revisits The X-Files and discovers a few feminist sticking points
Melissa Dunne // 18 May 2014
HBO's latest tour de force, True Detective, is making waves in America, but hits a major road block when it comes to representation of female characters
Kate Bonynge // 26 March 2014
Sara Yasin revists an old childhood favourite, Dawson's Creek
Sara Yasin // 22 March 2014
Emily Hoyle watches a recent Channel 4 documentary, shown this week on More 4, about men who engage in 'female masking' and suggests some of their attitudes may leave much to be desired by viewers who identify and live as women
Emily Hoyle // 20 February 2014
Some female characters can survive in the patriarchal world of Game of Thrones but that doesn't make it feminist, contends Rebekah Owens
Rebekah Owens // 27 December 2013
While certainly not perfect in its treatment of minority groups, US sitcom Parks and Recreation also gets a lot right, argues Iona Sharma
Iona Sharma // 24 December 2013
Feminist fans celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who in this group piece wrangled by Whovian and F-Word Comedy Section Editor Chella Quint
Chella Quint // 23 November 2013
Ailsa Bristow watches Canadian sci-fi cloning drama, Orphan Black and finds a striking affirmation of the feminist adage "biology isn't destiny"
Ailsa Bristow // 18 October 2013
US women's prison drama, Orange is the New Black, tells the story of a woman imprisoned for transporting drug money. The show has been has been tentatively praised for its representation of a range of female characters. Lola Ripley watches and finds the strong and prevailing message that we are all just one choice away from losing our liberty, particularly those without safety nets
Lola Ripley // 11 October 2013
US sitcom How I Met Your Mother is now approaching its ninth and final series. Levi Grayshon considers the representation of women on the show and finds that, while the central female characters are sometimes shown in a more positive and feminist light than on other popular sitcoms, the treatment of women overall is problematic at best
Levi Grayshon // 8 September 2013
Physics undergraduate Katie Masters looks back at noughties science show Brainiac and finds a limited and alienating portrayal of women in the programme that does nothing to help our underrepresentation in science
Katie Masters // 4 September 2013
What retrogressive messages does the formula of this sexist dating show put out to the modern woman? Laura Clancy watches and finds it's as if feminism never happened
Laura Clancy // 7 August 2013
With its fifth and final series currently showing on E4 in the UK, the US fictional teen drama 90210 has tackled some familiar issues affecting young people. Robyn Harris goes back to series' two and three to examine two storylines where female characters experience abuse and is disappointed to find the show ultimately doing very little to help dispel victim blaming
Robyn Harris // 1 August 2013
Beth Startin reflects on the ITV drama Broadchurch and finds an important message on abuse that subtly thwarts the conventional assumption that women whose partners have committed terrible crimes should have known what was going on
Beth Startin // 29 July 2013
Amy Calvert finds plenty of macho propaganda and some unfortunate portrayals of women when she examines a reality television series following a man's attempts to conquer super-sized food challenges
Amy Calvert // 26 July 2013
The BBC's recent India: A Dangerous Place to Be a Woman documentary follows a familiar pattern when it comes to Western reporting on violence against women in India says Asiya Islam
Asiya Islam // 20 July 2013
Coronation Street character Stella has taken back her deceitful partner Karl after being rescued by him from a fire that, unknown to her, he actually started. Gemma Elliott, of the Tumblr blog Feminist Coronation Street, considers Karl's new hero status and the power it has given him over Stella
Gemma Elliott // 9 July 2013
Farrah Abraham of the MTV reality television series Teen Mom has attracted plenty of salacious media gossip and slut shaming. Chrissy D explores the cultural landscape behind the programme and the hype surrounding her recent sex tape
Chrissy D // 25 June 2013
Catherine Elms watches Clare Balding's Secrets of a Suffragette, a documentary looking at some of the history behind the movement and the events surrounding the death of one of its most well-known figures
Catherine Elms // 6 June 2013
A play about women working in a meat market enchants Shoshana Davidson, who finds the message compelling and the story-telling excellent
Shoshana Davidson // 16 May 2013
Lucy Pegg explores whether Clara looks set to follow a similar traditional trajectory to other companions on Steven Moffat's Doctor Who. Will she fulfil the role of "strong character, female" Hope Dinsdale highlighted when she wrote about women on the programme back in 2011?
Lucy Pegg // 3 May 2013
If telling women's stories is, in itself, a feminist act then Call The Midwife qualifies in spades. Iona Sharma reflects on the second series
Iona Sharma // 30 April 2013
The potential for conflict in Nashville has been seized on by critics but there is much more to the show than warring women and Southern stereotypes, says Sophie Mayer
Sophie Mayer // 3 April 2013
Delia Derbyshire has enjoyed a resurgence of recognition in the past decade and has taken her well-deserved place as one of the founders of modern electronic music. But she was hardly the only woman to work at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. Michelle Drury takes us on a journey through the history of the Workshop and pays tribute to the women who passed through the Maida Vale studios
Michelle Drury // 28 October 2012
Call the Midwife, a historical drama about childbirth set in 1950s London, was an unexpected ratings smash last winter. It's currently being repeated on Thursdays on BBC1. Emily Kenway examines its success as a mainstream drama with an, almost exclusively, female cast
Emily Kenway // 22 June 2012
With his Star Trek villainy keeping Benedict Cumberbatch occupied for the foreseeable future, Sherlock fans might have quite a wait ahead of them before the gangly super-sleuth returns for a third series. Meanwhile, here's Helen-Rose Owen to take stock of the show from a feminist perspective.
Helen-Rose Owen // 11 April 2012
Take Me Out has recently returned for a second series on ITV. Danielle Almond wondered what this latest incarnation of the prime time dating show had to say about mainstream ideas of gender roles
Danielle Almond // 28 March 2012
Hit US sitcom New Girl arrived on British TV screens in January. The 'girl' is freshly heartbroken Jess (Zooey Deschanel), who finds herself sharing a house with three men. Emily Kenway and Kaite Welsh watched the first episode, to see how the show fared from a feminist perspective
Various Authors // 9 February 2012
Before you settle down to digest your Christmas Dinner with the Doctor Who Special, you might like to consider how the show treats its female characters. Hope Dinsdale investigates
Hope Dinsdale // 22 December 2011
Elaine O'Neill explain why HBO's new swords and sorcery epic isn't just a man's game
Elaine O'Neill // 22 July 2011
Although it may be a gripping courtroom drama, Abby O'Reilly argues that Silk fails to reflect the true status of women in the legal profession
Abby O'Reilly // 27 March 2011
Chloë Emmott reviews a TV documentary which casts light on the women who flew fighter planes in World War II
Chloe Emmott // 25 October 2010
This three-part BBC documentary has many interesting moments, say Charlotte Cooper and Jess McCabe. However, the series fails to adequately represent women of colour's involvement in feminism and conceives of the family through a heteronormative lens
Various Authors // 8 March 2010
Eleanor M. reviews a BBC3 documentary about a beauty pageant for pre-teen girls
Eleanor M. // 4 August 2009
Laura Doherty reviews a show that promised to fight impossible beauty standards, but fell into all the same traps as a beauty paegent
Laura Doherty // 13 March 2009
Channel 4's series Embarrassing Teenage Bodies is meant to reassure young people. But an episode which saw doctors perform labiaplasty on a 19-year-old achieved exactly the opposite effect, argues Bellavita
Bellavita // 10 February 2009
Alice Lawlor reviews some of 2008's Sex and the City copycats
Alice Lawlor // 18 January 2009
Black-tie dances during which six-year-old girls promise their fathers to abstain from sex until marriage? A documentary about 'purity' balls in the United States horrifies Dawn Kofie
Dawn Kofie // 2 November 2008
Cutting away at your labia sounds extreme, but more and more women are going under the surgeon's knife. Amy Clare reports on a Channel 4 documentary which attempted to shine a light on why this is happening
Amy Clare // 10 September 2008
A recent episode of Trinny and Susannah's latest makeover show suggested that women choose to work in supermarkets to hide in the frumpy uniforms. Alexandra M Kokoli reports
Alexandra M Kokoli // 1 January 2008
How to Look Good Naked is a make-over show with a noble purpose - to make women feel good about themselves, argues Dawn Kofie
Dawn Kofie // 6 December 2007
Loose Women portrays itself as feisty television fun, argues Dawn Kofie, but it patronises the female viewing public
Dawn Kofie // 2 June 2007
In WAG Boutique, Josefin Skullbacka finds a group of women all-too-willing to define themselves as the wives and girlfriends of footballers
Josefin Skullbacka // 29 March 2007
Tampax present their scented tampons as 'natural', associating them with flowers. But Clare Burgess argues that advertising for menstrual products merely exploits and contributes to women's insecurities about periods and their bodies.
Clare Burgess // 11 September 2006
Sheryl Plant ponders two recent advertising campaigns from McDonalds and Peugeot 407 which portray a world dominated by women.
Sheryl Plant // 4 March 2006
Helen Reeves is shocked at Make Me Perfect: a programme that encourages women with low self esteem to comply with mainstream sexist views on beauty rather than question them.
Helen Reeves // 11 February 2006
Jo Knowles argues that the suspiciously popular Desperate Housewives is no Sex and the City.
Jo Knowles // 19 June 2005
FHM has launched its own music channel and intrepid Natalie Smith finds a common theme in the videos. (Can you guess what it is yet)?
Natalie Smith // 17 June 2005
How come the female contestants for the job of Apprentice were so disappointing? Lorraine Smith pins her hopes on series two.
Lorraine Smith // 10 June 2005
Victoria sponge cakes and female submission do not a happy home make. Ealasaid Gilfillan reviews Channel 4's dubious TV series "Make Me a Perfect Wife".
Ealasaid Gilfillan // 5 November 2004
Ellery responds to Julia Black's documentary 'My Foetus', which used images of aborted foetuses and was the first to screen footage of an abortion taking place. She ponders the use of imagery and pictures in the abortion debate.
Ellery // 1 June 2004
The BBC 'disaster' series If... included a programme called If... Women Ruled the World which attempted to predict gender relations in 2020. Did it make a valid point, or was it just an extended version of the old Harry Enfield 'Women: know your limits!' sketch? Reviewed by Jennifer Drew
Jennifer Drew // 20 April 2004
The BBC 'disaster' series If... included a programme called If... Women Ruled the World which attempted to predict gender relations in 2020. Did it make a valid point, or was it just an extended version of the old Harry Enfield 'Women: know your limits!' sketch? Reviewed by Meera Palia
Meera Palia // 20 April 2004
An investigation into gender inequality in the workplace? Hardly, says Lorraine Smith
Lorraine Smith // 20 December 2003
Beth Anderson recounts the story told in a documentary about one rape case, and wonders how we can improve the legal system.
Beth Anderson // 20 September 2003
In a recent Sunday Times article, Naomi Wolf joined the ranks of those claiming Sex and City is a ground-breaking neo-feminist epic. Alexandra Kokoli discusses Wolf's article and questions whether all that shoe shopping is really as liberating as it appears to be.
Alexandra M Kokoli // 20 August 2003
Lorraine Smith explains why she can't help cringing with embarassment when she watches Channel 4's "More Sex Tips For Girls".
Lorraine Smith // 20 July 2003
Lorraine Smith watched channel five's "This is Rockbitch" documentary, but is she any wiser about the radical sex-collective rockers?
Lorraine Smith // 16 May 2003
How does 24 portray powerful women - and what's with the blonde/brunette thing anyway, wonders Lorraine Smith?
Lorraine Smith // 16 March 2003
Lindsay finds a documentary on "Hairy Women" infuriating
Lindsay // 16 March 2003
Natasha Forrest wonders if she was the only one shocked by the attitudes portrayed on Channel 4's controversial "Wife Swap"
Natasha Forrest // 16 February 2003
Catherine Redfern argues that the Michael Jackson interview raises questions about what is considered "normal" behaviour for men and women.
Catherine Redfern // 16 February 2003
Catherine Redfern looks at the crazy world of chocolate advertising.
Catherine Redfern // 16 May 2002
Michelle Jenkin ponders on the possible effects of Model Behaviour.
Michelle Jenkin // 16 April 2002
Natasha Forrest explains how Pop Idol demonstrated a fear of women's sexuality.
Natasha Forrest // 16 March 2002
Catherine Redfern comments on the first episode of the new Star Trek series.
Catherine Redfern // 16 January 2002
Natasha Forrest explains what really annoys her about Ally McBeal...
Natasha Forrest // 16 December 2001
Porn is cool, isn't it? It's just a little harmless fun, yeah?
Catherine Redfern // 16 April 2001
Does this show have the coolest woman on British TV right now?
Catherine Redfern // 16 March 2001