"There is difference and there is power. And who holds the power decides the meaning of the difference." --June Jordan

Friday, June 5, 2009

Hysteria, Thy Name is Woman

Over the last couple of months, I've been DVRing old episodes of 90210 on SoapNet, and as I'm reliving just how addictive the show can be, I'm also seeing the show in a whole new way through feminist consciousness. For example, when these episodes aired 15 years ago, I never would have noticed how anytime the show depicted a troubled or hysterical suicidal character, that character was always, always female. Male characters had their irrational anger flare-ups from time to time, but never anything like this:

Granted, I've only made it halfway through Season 4, with six more seasons to go. I'll let you know if the trend changes.