“I appreciate the concern, but when your father kills 25 women before you’re a teenager, painful memories don’t need a trigger. They just are. ” – Ashley Seaver
Here are the ten reasons why Bette Porter from The L Word is a feminist character:
- Bette Porter is a biracial Lesbian art history expert who lives in L.A.
- Bette went to Yale as both a graduate and undergraduate student as an Art History major.
- Porter met the love of her life Tina Kennard at the famous art gallery she owned. Tina was still dating men back then and didn’t realize she was a Lesbian.
- Bette can be a very domineering woman, but is very loyal to her half sister Kit and their friends. For example when Bette was dating Jodi Lerner, a deaf artist, she tried to make this perfect huge party where she translated everything.
- Porter has been the Director of the California Arts Center and the Dean of the School of the Arts at California University.
- Tina and Bette have a toddler daughter named Angelica Porter-Kennard.
- Bette now co-owns the Wentworth-Porter Art Gallery.
- Porter lost Tina for a couple of years partly because she cheated on the blonde with Candace Jewell a carpenter.
- The couple is relocating to New York because of Tina’s job offer by some film studio and the fact that their two faced friend Jenny thinks Bette was cheating again.
- Bette’s father Melvin died from untreated prostate cancer, which was hard on the half black art expert since he never accepted her being Lesbian though they were very close.
“A good look at your spectacular tits would be nice.” – Dana Fairbanks
Here are ten reasons why SSA Kate Callahan from Criminal Minds is a feminist character:
- SSA Katherine Callahan worked as an undercover FBI agent in the Sex Crimes Unit for eight years. Kate would spend a month solving every case, which would lead to an arrest of a sexual predator.
- Kate lost her big sister Liz and brother-in-law in the 911 attack on the Pentagon. She took guardianship of their baby daughter Meg after the attacks who is now thirteen.
- Callahan is an expert in manipulating serial offenders because of her beauty, charm and intelligence.
- Kate is a clumsy person, but now when she needs to be on alert while after a serial killer.
- SSA Callahan owns three personal guns.
- Kate loves to sing karaoke at bars, which is where she met a lot of her teammates before she joined the BAU.
- Callahan helps capture serial killers because she wants to make the world saver for Meg and her unborn child. Kate taught her adopted daughter how to protect herself if she was every kidnapped by a predator, which sadly came in handy. Meg and her best friend were kidnapped by a serial killer ring.
- Cases that have to do with plane crashes are very hard for Kate because of 911, but the SSA keeps strong for the victims and their families. Callahan never lets personal feelings get in way of catching serial killers.
- Kate saves J.J. by shooting a serial killer.
- Like Garcia Callahan watches videos of cute animals to cheer her up.
Here are the ten ways that Dr Alex Black from Criminal Minds is a feminist character:
- Dr Blake earned her PhD at UC Berkeley in linguistics.
- SSA Alex Blake teaches forensic linguistics at Georgetown along with being a profiler at the BAU.
- Blake joined the FBI when she was twenty four years old. The only other person at the BAU to become part of FBI in their early twenties is Reid.
- Alex knows sign language.
- SSA Blake comes from a family of law enforcement. Her father is a retired Kansas City Police Captain and her older brother Danny was killed in the line of duty. Scott Blake continues to be a homicide detective in Kansas. Alex and Scott reconnected over a BAU case.
- Section Chief Erin Strauss let Alex take the blame for arresting the wrong suspect during a case that was connected to Amerithrax.
- Blake and her husband James lost their nine year old son Ethan to a neurological disease many years ago. Their son’s death is the reason why the couple don’t live together.
- SSA Alex Blake has a strong both with the brilliant SSA Spencer Reid because he reminds her of Ethan.
- Alex whispers lyrics to songs when she is trying to solve a problem.
- Blake’s early introduction to puzzles lead her to want to study linguistics.
“If by (sleep) well, you mean violently throwing up all night and bouncing around like rag dolls.” – Agent Caitlin “Kate” Todd
I have decided that every Monday I’m going to list feminist television show recommendations. I will create three categories and put somewhere around two or four television shows in each category. Some of these feminist shows are ones I have partly explored and others I have not yet. Here is my first list:
- Saving Grace(2007-2010)
What Star Trek Fans Would Like :
- Stargate Universe(2009-2011)
- Babylon 5(1994-`1998)
- Battlestar Galactica(2004-2009)
- The 100(2014-)
Political (Government or Law) Female Centered Intrigues:
- Madam Secretary(2014-)
- Commander in Chief(2005-2006)
- Damages (2007-2012)
“This team is like a family, and families take on the traits of their leaders. You don’t show much emotion.” – Jordan Todd
Here are ten reasons why SSA Emily Prentiss from Criminal Minds is a feminist character:
- SSA Emily Prentiss used to be part of the BAU elite unit at the FBI. Now Prentiss is the Chief of the London Interpol Office where she profiles serial killers on the international stage.
- Prentiss’s mother Elizabeth is a U.S. Diplomat, so Emily grew up all over the world in cities like Rome. Emily was also raised Catholic, so she really struggled with having an abortion as a teenager.
- SSA Prentiss went to Yale, then spent ten years in the FBI before joining the BAU.
- Emily is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, French and Italian. Plus the FBI agent also knows a little Russian because of international childhood.
- Prentiss is skilled enough in chess to beat Reid who is considered the genius of the group.
- Emily does not think much of politics because of how emotionally distant and manipulative her mother is.
- Prentiss used to be goth when she was in High School.
- When Emily and Reid were going undercover in a cult, the female SSA admitted that she was part of the FBI and took a beating to protect everybody else.
- SSA Prentiss has a great bond with JJ and Penelope Garcia who she goes out to Girl’s Nights as much as possible.
- Emily used to be a spy who was part of a task force who profiled terrorists.
“Yeah, luck had nothing to do with it, I’m practically bullet proof.” – Alex Blake