Both articles made some good points and yet the shows the authors chose to analyze add to the bigger challenge of fully developed roles for women without boxing them. The main female characters in those shows are typically White, educated, single and obsessed with finding a MAN. Viewers can’t go through one episode without a pity party about feeling less than in spite of accomplishments in other aspects of their personal and professional lives. Both authors seem to find it necessary to define these characters but there is no statements from the show creators or the actors who play these roles. How do we know that’s the true intent? Furthermore, these so called “crazy” women and “hummingbirds” may in fact exist and some viewers identify with their manic way of being.
It is critical to also bring attention to female characters whether in lead roles or co-stars who defy these stereotypes and perceptions. For example, three characters that I personally like and enjoy their portrayals are: Kerri Washington in Scandal, Regina King in Southland and Lucy Liu in Elementary. There are many others that I’ve come to love but it took more than one season to come to terms with the characters. The Good Wife is one show that I was completely turn off by before I even saw the first episode. The title alone is a deal breaker. Sadly, the pursuit and expectation of being a good wife iembedded in the institution of marriage. I digress. In spite of my frustrations with these images and messages, viewers have a unique opportunity to become media literate. They stimulate reflective dialogues about social issues that we think are resolved or should be over. Today, we’re no closer to post racial and gender progress because of the advancements that we’ve made. Regardless of the progress we make and the on-going fight for true equality, our mentality, both women and men, is static. That’s the core area that now need a reversal for permanent change in media and society.
I had the honor of interviewing Brique Topaz, Director of Live & Learn Kenya on Talk! with Marie. I first met Brique and learned about LLK in Second Life. I attended one of her many live music shows she hosts to raise funds for the organization. I was so impressed with commitment to improving to the lives of children in Africa with little means of survival. Since the interview, I’ve enjoyed the music of many musicians, including Tukso Okey, who donate their time and talent to support LLK. You can hear Tukso live every Wednesday at the Lavender Field for his signature high energy concert. You will leave the show feeling rejuvenated and excited to join LLK in its quest to “Feed a Smile.” All donations are transferred directly to Kenya to care for the children, provide education, medicine, food, shelter and foster care.
After a beautiful concert or any day of the week, you can visit the Lavender Field to explore the beautiful sim while learning about LLK. Maria Binder did an awesome job designing the space and filled it with special touches to enhance your experience. Although, Brique is based in Germany, people from all over the world can support the mission of LLK and get involved by contacting Brique inworld or via e-mail. For more information about LLK, go to the website for up to date information about programs and events.