At the London Film Festival, Mark Farnsworth surveys three stellar films.
Once again, “gender neutral” parenting is in the news, but is anything new really going on?
When we want to “protect” little girls from the wrong clothing, the wrong online presence, the wrong stage of physical development, we really want to “protect” them from looking like women, and receiving the abuse that women get.
On television, female characters often seem to be forced to choose between careers and families rather than having both.
Schlafly has actively motivated more women to join the workplace, and laid the groundwork for their success. Grizzly Moms, straight shooters and anti-choicers are all, ultimately, Schlafly’s daughters.
If the Grey’s creative team does make the decision to terminate the non-traditional parenting relationship between Mark, Callie and Arizona, it represents a tremendous missed opportunity and a loss for queer representation on television.
“Why would you blame television, Mary-Beth?” I hear you asking. That’s an excellent question, anonymous internet reader.
Parents were not informed. Consent was not given. Informed consent was non-existent.
Just because we can help women to become mothers in their sixties and beyond does not mean we should.
Catholic extremists never seem to remember that Leviticus is in the Old Testament.