Monthly Archives: January 2009

Reality TV Watchers Anonymous (Originally for Clique Clack Televsion)

survivor-fans-and-favorites-150x150Hi, my name is Julia Hass, and I have an addiction to bad reality television.

It started, in a truly Freudian manner, with my mother. She got me in my prime adolescent years hooked first to The Bachelor and then Beauty and the Geek, using them as a bonding mechanism and conversation starter, which is the kind of parenting through television I think more people should get behind. I learned a lot of things from those formative television-watching hours, but the most important thing I learned was that no matter how badly complicated my life was, it was never as truly, completely ridiculous as the lives of people on television. It was a thrilling and wonderful realization. I was hooked.

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15 most kickass women on television (Originally for Clique Clack Television)

buffy_face4-150x150Is anyone else sick of this Twilight phenomenon? Because I am. God, I am. In case you haven’t heard, Twilight is the epic love story of Bella (a human) and Edward (a vampire), full of enough thwarted, passionate romance and heartfelt-yet-ridiculous declarations of adoration to make any tweeny girl sigh.

And while I have never been a fan of the whole cliched vampire/human pairing, this takes my dislike to whole new levels, and I will tell you why — it hurts every notion I have ever held dear about heroines. Bella, as far as a heroine goes, is pretty lame. She’s flat, drab, and completely helpless without her boyfriend, who follows her around everywhere and (creepy spoiler alert!) watches her while she sleeps.

If it was just romance-starved teenaged girls lapping this up, maybe it wouldn’t sit so wrong with me. But it’s not — women (and men) of all ages seem to be obsessed. Recently a friend of my sister’s, whom I have always regarded as sensible, intelligent, and absolutely above this nonsense, called to rave about how much she loved the books and how fabulous they were; how romantic.

I read the other day that President-Elect Obama, a man I normally have great respect for, was reading the books to his daughters, Sasha and Malia. As far as I’m concerned, this widespread Twilight-mania is a serious issue. What is this teaching us, as women? That it’s okay to be blah, morose, helpless human beings? That we are nothing until some icy-cold Prince not-so Charming comes along and borderline stalks us? I’m not buying it.

My solution, as always, lies in television. Forget Bella, I say. Instead, turn on your television and watch my top fifteen inspiring female characters.

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