Rayna

Rayna

I am a recent graduate with a degree in English Language and Literature and a minor in creative writing. My two greatest passions in life are books and TV shows.

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    Female "Appetites" in "Sex and the City"

    In “Sex and the City” food and restaurants not only provide a space of community in which to strengthen social, predominantly female, bonds but also come to mirror the ladies own sexual “appetites”. The four main characters gather at restaurants to discuss their problems, heartaches, successes, and their careers etc. At the heart of each episode are these scenes; no matter what the characters are doing, they will always find time to come together over a meal. For all New York divides, in terms of neighbourhoods, space, etc. “Sex and the City” argues that it is through sharing food that female solidarity can be achieved. Finally, the show’s obsession with food and restaurants extends to the main thesis of the show: that women can have sexual desires the same as men – thus, subverting this cultural idea that women have to curb or control their sexual "appetites" to be proper women. The show also subverts the typical discourse the market where women are consumed by men, and instead constructs men as commodities as well.

    • I think what could also be mentioned is whether or not Carrie having a sex column is connected to the girls' obsession with talking about, and objectifying men over food. While this may delve into another topic it would be interesting to analyze how the 4 chore women's roles would differ together if one of them were never present. For example, does Charlotte's old fashion sensability keep the group of friends grounded? – georgianer 1 year ago
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    Rayna

    Very well researched. You explain Kristeva’s abject other concept well, and I like how you linked it to the domestic sphere. Thanks for sharing.

    Maternal Horror Films: Understanding the 'Dysfunctional' Mother
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    I agree with some of the comments that the first few episodes of the show aren’t particularly strong – I almost didn’t keep watching. However, once you get past those, especially to the episodes of the character’s backstories, the show is much more meaningful. I think what really makes this show stand out is, as mentioned, the fluid genders of the characters, but also representing people of colour, like Connie, and actually acknowledging their racial heritage.

    Steven Universe: The Rise of Popularity in Internet Fandoms
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    Honestly I think the funniest thing about Bojack is it’s meta-critique on Hollywood and the god-like status we affirm in celebrities. Plus all the animal puns.

    Bojack Horseman: Balancing Humor and Dark Themes
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    I agree with you that even though LiS had its short comings (the divisive ending) overall the game was unique and a forerunner for a new kind of gaming platform based on the player’s decisions.

    Life Is Strange: The Illusion of Choice, Part II