10 Reasons Why Ria Torres is a Feminist Character (Lie To Me)

Here are the ten reasons why Ria Torres is a feminist character:

  1. Ria Torres is a natural at reading people’s emotions based on their facial expressions.
  2. Before Torres worked at the Lightman group she used to be a TSA agent at the airport.
  3. Ria Torres grew up with an abusive alcoholic dad, which is why she has trust and anger issues.
  4. Torres can be very tough on people she knows are lying about something, but has a major soft side for the people like Cal Lightman or Eli Loker who have earned her trust.  She covers up for Cal Lightman when she sees him at a underground fighting ring where the FBI had surveillance.
  5. Ria Torres’ emotions can cloud her readings or lead her to make impulsive dangerous choices.
  6. Unlike everybody else who works at the Lightman group she has no academic training.
  7. Ria Torres always calls Cal Lightman out on what he is actually feeling in any given moment and how its effecting his choices.
  8. Ria has a much younger half sister named Ava who she feels guilty for not coming for after she graduated from high school. She has a hard time reading Ava’s emotions because of the major rift between them. Plus she unconditionally loves her, which clouds Ria’s readings. Ava has been in trouble with the law many times and lied to her sister.
  9. Ria Torres is the only Latina character on Lie To Me, but while she may get angry sometimes she never really feeds into the “Fiery Latina” trope.
  10. Torres had a girlfriend a couple of years ago, which she says was a sexual experiment. Though I think that the implication was that Ria had real feelings for the older woman.

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What I Hope Will Happen in The X Files Miniseries as a Feminist

As all of us The X Files fans know the miniseries will be coming out soon in January 2016. Here are all of the things I hope will happening based on my knowledge of the series, the miniseries twenty two minute preview and Doctor/Agent Dana Scully’s character:

  1. The X Files miniseries preview discusses how Scully struggles with putting their son William up for adoption all those years ago. Doctor Dana Scully tells Mulder that she is worried that they will solve all the mysteries about the government conspiracy or/and aliens, but nothing about what happened to their now fifteen year old son. My hope for Dana Scully is that she either uncovers what happened to William or/and has the chance to be a mother for real.
  2.  Dana Scully now has an established renowned status in the medical field and we see all of that success. I personally want to see Doctor Scully using all the new medical technology that has been invented over the last twenty years.
  3. I hope that a lot of the six episodes relay on Scully’s medical and forensic knowledge to solve the cases.
  4. Doctor Dana Scully has always been Fox Mulder’s moral compass or the person who protect him for himself and I hope this continues. Their loyalty and love for one another is what makes The X Files  such a powerful television show.
  5. Agent Monica Reyes will be in one episode of the miniseries, which means hopefully we will see what supernatural spiritual cases she has solved over the break and that Monica will play a large part in one of the episodes.
  6. In The X Files: I Want To Believe, Scully returned to being purely a open skeptic, which I think eroded all of her character development. In the television series, Dana Scully went from being a pure skeptic to being a skeptic who remains opened minded to a believer who remains skeptical of some facts.  I personally wish that the mini-series features a Scully who has remained a believer for all these years, but still needs more convincing than Mulder.
  7. I wish that at least one episode uses faith or religion so Catholic Scully can be the unrelenting believer and Mulder be the skeptic. I love how Dana Scully who is a true scientist needing proof to know if  something  is true can have faith in religious miracles and God.
  8. Lastly, I hope that each one of The X Files miniseries episodes while updated to the times we live in now remain true to the spirit of the original series. I know there will be two mythology episodes, but I hope there is one comedic one, a romantic episode and one that leans more toward the supernatural.

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10 Reasons Why Tara Knowles is a Feminist Character (SOA)

Here are the ten reasons why I believe Tara Knowles is a feminist character:

  1. Doctor Tara Knowles is a talented neonatal suregon who helped save her future son Abel Teller’s life when he was born ten weeks early.
  2. Tara stitches up anybody injured affiliated with the biker club Sons of Anarchy, which she has done even before she started dating Jax Teller again.
  3. Knowles is the “old lady” of the Vice President/President Jax Teller of the Charming  charter of the SOA club a.k.a. SAMCRO. She may be a Doctor, but she also has a crow tattooed on her lower back representing her connection to outlaw group SAMCRO.
  4. Tara used to date Jax Teller when they were teenagers, but ran away to San Diego to get away from the SAMCRO lifestyle. Teller and Knowles have loved each other since they were sixteen.
  5. Tara Knowles medically and emotionally looks after Gemma Teller-Morrow after she was raped by a Neo-Nazi group. She keeps her Mother-in-Laws secret, which leads to a deep bond between the two women.
  6. In Season Six, Tara loves Jax Teller more than anything, but still leaves him so their two young sons Abel and Thomas have a chance of a normal life away from all the violence. Like Gemma Teller-Morrow, Knowles is a protective loving mother.
  7. When Tara Knowles is kidnapped by Salazar, she gravely injures his girlfriend so that he lets go her friend/boss Margaret Murphy in exchange for the doctor’s hep.  Tara always looks after others nobody the danger to herself.
  8.  Tara Knowles knows almost everything SAMCRO does even the murders because she and Jax Teller have a honest loyal relationship where they tell each other everything. They have a equal partnership where they make choices together.
  9. Tara Knowles volunteers at a prison as a doctor  so she can get to Otto Delany to convince him to recant his information about the past illegal dealings of SAMCRO. The doctor uses his dead wife’s perfume to convince him to “un-rat”, but Otto kills a nurse using a crucifix she brought to the prison. Tara ends up being locked up for a little bit for this, which is the final straw in her remaining the “Queen” of SOA.
  10. Tara is a sweet loving person, but also has an angry violent side because of her love of her sons and all her years being part of SAMCRO.

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Merry Christmas List

Here is a list of ten Christmas themed episodes of my favorite feminist television shows:

  1. ” Amends” (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Three Episode 10)
  2. ” In Ecelsus Deo” (The West Wing Season 1 Episode 10)
  3. ” How the Ghosts Stole Christmas” (The X Files Season 6 Episode 6)
  4. ” A Solstice Carol” (Xena Warrior Princess Season 2 Episode 9)
  5. ” A Echolls Family Christmas” (Veronica Mars Season 1 Episode 10)
  6. ” Secret Santa” (Lie To Me Season 2 Episode 8)
  7. “Last Christmas” (Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 13)
  8. “2014 Christmas Special” (Downton Abbey Season 5)
  9. ” Christmas Scandal” ( Parks and Recreation Season Two Episode 12)
  10. ” Extraordinary Christmas” (Glee Season Three Episode 9)

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10 Reasons Why Gillian Foster is a Feminist Character (Lie to Me)

Here are the ten reasons why I believe Gillian Foster from Lie to Me is a feminist character:

  1. Doctor Gillian Foster is a brilliant psychologist who can detect when people are being deceptive by parsing language: abnormal speech patterns and word choice.
  2. Foster remains the most trusted friend of Doctor Cal Lightman who is an expert in the field of psychology and reading deception. They are both partners in the Lightman group.
  3. Though Gillian is one of the few people in the world who can spot when a husband isn’t being faithful to his wife based on a facial expression she’s still human. The doctor couldn’t tell when her own husband Alec was addicted to drugs.
  4. Doctor Foster can manipulate others to reveal their lies by pretending to being married to Lightman or by having a client pour coffee and explain their story at the same time.
  5. Gillian lost her adopted baby daughter Sophie when her birth mother wanted her back (before the time limit for giving up parental rights was up). She continues to be emotionally hurt by the loss of her child, but remains strong. This makes Doctor Foster very compassionate toward children or mothers.
  6. Doctor Gillian Foster helps reign in Doctor Cal Lightman when he goes too far like when he gets himself locked up in a mental hospital. No matter what, Dr. Foster backs up Dr. Lightman even though the English doctor plays with fire to get to the truth.
  7. Doctor Foster is a sort of third parent to Emily Lightman. Gillian and Cal have an intense connection because of all their years working together, but they never let romantic feelings turn into actions. They are both afraid of what could happen.
  8. In general, Gillian Foster is very professional with the firm’s clients, but can be a bit impulsive when she feels like a case is unethical. When the IRA only hired them to see if everybody in a compound believed in the leader’s religion,the Doctor took things further by helping a mother and her children escape a cult.
  9. Doctor Foster tries to see the best in people.
  10. Doctor Gillian Foster loves pudding and slushies.

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