Glued to the tube

Glued to the tube

by Marlies Dekkers
Olivia, Carrie, Lagertha and Maya, all main characters in todays hit series and also the reason why I have lately spend all my weekends in front of the TV. But what is it about these leading ladies of todays hit series which makes them so popular.

The new generation leading ladies…I just can’t get enough of them solving scandals, challenging authorities, fighting battles and outsmarting criminals. I have spent so many hours with these ladies I feel like they are my new partners in crime. But why is it that I and millions of viewers just can’t get enough of these female powerhouses?

For the ones that don’t know;-) I am quite interested in woman, their role in society and how this changes over time. Because of this I know that the history of media is filled with examples of boring female clichés. For decades we’ve been overloaded by stories starring:

a) women behind men,
b) girls next door,
c) ladies looking for Mr. Right,
d) a combination of the above

Basically we’ve been sedated by an uninspiring parade of women who supposedly needed men to be saved. And of course I love some male attention, but I am a strong believer of gender equality, instead of stereotyping women in supporting their prince charming in his dreams.

But given the popularity of today’s on screen successes like Scandal, Homeland and Vikings, it seems the turnaround has started! These leading ladies of today are all women who act independent. and if you ask me… another step to gender equality. #femalesforward

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