‘Lady Detective’: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Explores Feminism in the 1920s

The Australian TV show, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (the series is available on Netflix), is set in the roaring ’20s, famous for its jazz, gin, shorter hemlines, bobbed hair, and Art Deco design. The protagonist, Phryne Fisher (pronounced Fry-nee), is an heiress to a small fortune, but she also possesses a sense of adventure and … Continue reading ‘Lady Detective’: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Explores Feminism in the 1920s

Alice Morgan and the Luther Effect: More Female Villains, Please.

With all of the summer tent pole movies premiering, there’s been outcry from audiences (and critics) for the studios to make superhero movies with a woman as the lead. Wonder Woman, understandably, tops this oft-cited list. While wondering where else in our pop culture there are a lack of female characters—the answer, sadly, is everywhere—something … Continue reading Alice Morgan and the Luther Effect: More Female Villains, Please.

Mad (Wo)Men 6×13: “Well, aren’t you lucky to have decisions.”

Everyone’s disappointed that Mad Men‘s clues and parallels between Megan Draper and Sharon Tate didn’t pan out in the season finale. But my question is: Didn’t it? There was no physical violence or murder plot carried out, but if we think back to Don’s L.A. hallucination: Megan appeared to him. Surprised to see her, she … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×13: “Well, aren’t you lucky to have decisions.”

Mad (Wo)Men 6×11: “Maybe I’ll make it worth your while.”

Peggy Olson Despite Peggy’s quick progress up the corporate ladder as a copywriter, this season seems to be demonstrating how traditional Peggy’s values really are. Last week, when Joan went against the grain to bring in a new client, Peggy chastised her for being in the wrong, which is the same argument Pete Campbell presented to … Continue reading Mad (Wo)Men 6×11: “Maybe I’ll make it worth your while.”