Reasons I Like Pretty Little Liars: A Partial List
-Passes the Bechdel Test
-More than passes the Bechdel Test
-ALL the main characters are actually ALL women and they actually all have conversations with each other about important and unimportant things many of which have nothing to do with men but have to do with the relationships between the women and the things going on in their lives
-there is a queer WOC in the main cast
-there are other queer women and WOC in the supporting cast
-the ethical principles of the characters and the show is ambiguous; for example, honesty is notably problematized and its status as a virtue or a component of an ethical system is unclear
-law and law enforcement are critiqued and their benevolence and effectiveness are never assumed
-there is a lot of questioning of the safety/sanctity/other myths of the [nuclear] family
-there is no huge deal made about virginity/purity and, consequently, any virgin/whore dichotomizing is either inconsequential or a lot less consequential than it is in comparable television shows
-like in the first season one of the characters breaks up with her boyfriend because she wants to have sex and he doesn’t. and yet her desire is not trivialized and she is not punished and ends up with a nice guy who she is more compatible with.
-i can’t believe these things i struggle to find in shows, and yet they are, and pretty little liars does these things and so i like it
Things I don’t like about Pretty Little Liars
-there is fat shaming, sort of
-the treatment of disability makes me want to give the writers the side-eye most of the time
-everyone is upper middle class [except Caleb, who is cool]
Confession Time: Confronting my own ignorance about thin privilege
I do not claim to be very enlightened about social justice. (Yes I am doing an M.A. in Social Justice; no it has not taught me half of what I need to know because institutionalized education never can). So I am on an enduring quest to learn more about prejudice, oppression, power, privilege, and isms. Tumblr is very helpful in this respect- firstly because I follow some wonderful people and secondly because the ‘search tags’ feature is very convenient.
In particular, I need to improve my understanding of the related phenomena known as thin privilege and fat phobia. So you may notice that I am posting interesting articles and reblogging illuminating posts that I find that discuss thin privilege, fat shaming, body policing, fat phobia, and the like. It is important to point out here that I have and have always had thin privilege. Doctors are more likely to say I am kind of underweight and ask if I eat enough, but are completely satisfied when I tell them I do and ask me nothing further (a situation that itself would be interesting to analyze, but now is not the time). Consequently, I realize that my understanding of thin privilege will be affected and perhaps impeded by the fact that I have this privilege. As such, I welcome comments, suggestions, criticism, and anything else you think may be helpful for me to know.