“Helloooooooo Nurse!”

Just reblogging this old post in light of the Harvey Weinstein/Bill O’Reilly/etc. sexual harassment scandals.

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I’ve written a lot of posts on this blog related to feminist issues or portrayals of women in media.  I’m not a scholar or an expert on this subject, but I try my best to do it justice.  But I have blind spots.  This isn’t an excuse I’m making; it’s self-awareness.  As a male, my upbringing and conditioning was totally different from girls and women and because of that, there are so many activities or points of view that I either take for granted or don’t even give a thought that girls and women can’t think or act the same way about.  In the city I went to college to, I constantly walked everywhere by myself.  I did so assured that the passersby wouldn’t catcall or harass me, or that someone who smiled at or said hello to me wasn’t trying to proposition me.  And that is just one example.

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“Helloooooooo Nurse!”

Johnny Bravo and the Pitfalls of Satire

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One of my earliest blog posts was an essay defending Johnny Bravo from a feminist perspective.  In my defense of it, I mentioned in passing that one of the ways that the series still falls short of truly being a feminist show was that it potentially diminishes how detestable his behavior towards women is.

This post is partially a response to that one.  I grossly undercut how pernicious the show’s treatment of Johnny’s behavior towards women is.

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Johnny Bravo and the Pitfalls of Satire

Jebediah Springfield: The Symbol vs. the Person

I just watched a video by Lindsay Ellis that I think makes a better argument in favor of rose-tinted historical revisionism than this Simpsons episode in question does. I still stand by the points I made, again I re-emphasize examining who is rewriting history and why they’re rewriting it, but the video essay provides some good food for thought.

I’d also like to mention that digging past historical revisionism isn’t always a disillusioning experience.  Learning the history behind “This Land Is Your Land” made me positively reassess my view of what I grew up thinking was just another banal patriotic anthem.

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The plot of the classic episode of The Simpsons “Lisa the Iconoclast” had Lisa Simpson researching Jebediah Springfield and discovering that her hometown’s beloved founder was in reality a massive fraud.  It turns out that Jebediah Springfield’s real identity was Hans Sprungfeld, a bloodthirsty pirate who once attacked George Washington.  This man who was credited with founding his town on the quote “a noble spirit embiggens the smallest man” in reality hated the people who would inhabit his town.

Lisa being Lisa, she does her best to spread the world about Jebediah Springfield’s true identity and predictably, everybody she informs (except Homer) reacts with hostility and denies her revelations.  Even Marge, who is usually in Lisa’s corner when she gets caught up in issues like this, flatly refused to hear a thing about the beloved Jebediah Springfield being a pirate.  The episode ends with Lisa getting the whole town’s attention…

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Jebediah Springfield: The Symbol vs. the Person