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The Emmys: Was that a flicker of feminist awesome I detected?

18 Sep

Did I just watch the most feminist Emmys ever?

First there was the amazing Mad Men gay marriage moment in the opening video thing (it’s around the 4:20 mark).

Then, we had a whole bunch of female winners who were over 35 and/or not size fours. “Regular” looking people can be just as talented and luminous as what you’re used to seeing on the red carpet.

Next, we had Jane Lynch’s dig at Entourage, which was pretty hilarious.

And finally, there was the long sarcastic bit about the power and diversity of roles men finally have access too.

Was this awesome and subversive? Is feminism (and lesbians) the new (old) edgy? Was it so not enough (the whole thing was still epically white, among other things) that those glimmers just don’t matter?

And most importantly, did any of it even remotely make up for the fact that we were subjected to the Emmytones?

Discuss.

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2 Responses to “The Emmys: Was that a flicker of feminist awesome I detected?”

  1. Anton September 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    Watching that video clip made me feel baffled and strange. But worth it for the Mad Men moment.

  2. tdanaher September 19, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Then, we had a whole bunch of female winners who were over 35 and/or not size fours. “Regular” looking people can be just as talented and luminous as what you’re used to seeing on the red carpet.

    There have always been female winners “over 35 and/or not size fours”, though. I mean, look at Edie Falco, Glenn Close, Allison Janney, Sally Field, Betty White, Jane Lynch, Jean Smart, Roseanne Barr, Rue McClanahan, Cherry Jones, Isabel Sanford, Bea Arthur, Tyne Daly, Holland Taylor, Camryn Manheim, Megan Mullally…the list goes on and on and on. If you ran the numbers, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find winners who’ve been *under* 35 for the most part, and these women are also for the most part not fashion-model thin and have the faces of ordinary people.

    Speaking of the older and ordinary, I can’t hate on the Emmytones because Kate Flannery was in the group and I really, really like her.

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