Monday, March 31, 2014

When Women Play the Game: Cersei Lannister Baratheon

Cersei Lannister by Elia Fernández
Cersei Lannister models the Targaryens and could quite possibly be a descendent, as the Targaryens had many bastard offspring.  It’s never directly stated, but it’s perhaps hinted at throughout the books that Cersei is a descendant of the Targaryens, which explains a lot about her.  Cersei is someone we love to hate, but secretly love to sympathize with.  She is on the surface a terrible person, but the more we find out about her, the more we come to realize how insanely broken she is, mostly because of societal and paternal expectations.  First, I’ll delve into that aspect; then I’ll go into her actions derived from her self-harming personality.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Friday, March 28, 2014

New York is a Broad City

While I love the perfect images of feminism like Leslie Knope (let’s face it: she’s all our heroes), Broad City (coincidentally produced by Amy Poehler) provides us a couple women who are post-feminist in that they are interchangeable with men.  Usually stoners and idiots in comedies are men in all entertainment mediums with no problem at all, but Broad City excels in using these pot-smoking Jewish hippies with little-to-no common sense.  Where have Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer been all my life?