18 Oct 5 Friyays: October 18
Good morning from ARHQ, where I am for a scant few hours before taking off on my next trip. This season of life (read: the last few years) has included a lot of time on airplanes and in hotels and the glamor of it waned long ago. It does, however, give me lots of time to read, so I’ve got some great, thought-provoking articles for ya, some of which I’m still not sure what to think about.
Mary Tyler Moore: A Show For Our Times, Too
The accuracy of those plotlines wasn’t an accident. In the TV industry, The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a pioneer in gender diversity behind the scenes. It was among the first shows to have multiple women writing for it, rather than just one token woman (who was often, on other shows of the era, paired with a male writing partner). That started with Moore, whose production company, MTM Enterprises, oversaw the series. That allowed her to set the tone on the set and to make decisions about hiring, creative direction, and production.
I was immediately reminded of so many of our conversations about inclusivity, and representation and how intentional both of those things have to be.
Have You Heard of This??
The Wing – an all-female office club type thing, like the all-male clubs of old – has been in the crossfire since it was founded. I, personally, am torn on spaces like this. On the one hand, I love the idea of giving us a space to thrive outside of potentially overwhelming male culture. On the other, is all we’re doing with these simply painting the patriarchy pink?
This piece in The Guardian continues my thought process and I wanted to share it with you.
Avatars & Racial Identity
This is an older article than we usually include in Friyays – from back in August – but as I spend more and more time in online worlds for both my personal pleasure and professional curiosity, I was once again drawn to this article. It asks if your avatar – the small picture that represents you in games/chat boards/etc – should match your offline race. It’s a fascinating question – about personal identity and created personas – and one I think about all the time.
A Satire About Hitler and Childhood
There’s a new film out this week called Jo Jo Rabbit – you may or may not have heard – and it’s about a young boy who’s imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. No, not joking. From Taika Waititi, who brought us Thor:Ragnarok among others – it’s a satire about the nature of hatred and how it affects humans. I, personally, can’t wait to see it because I love Waititi’s work and also love satire – but I know a lot of folks who wouldn’t touch this with a barge pole. Curious which side you fall on.
A New Plaque
This one is a bit personal to me – but the larger implications hopefully ring true for everyone. Recently, a widower of a woman who was killed in bomb blast in Northern Ireland in 1998 added his own plaque to the public memorial. It places direct blame for the act on a group of – basically – terrorists, despite the fact that no one has ever been convicted of placing the bomb.
People are calling for its removal, others are supporting its right to be there, and I’m left thinking about who gets to control how people grieve. Especially in places like Northern Ireland where there is so little of the narrative that is universally accepted.
That’s all from me this week, folks. Dr. Erin will see you next week for another round of things we think you should know.