eruthros: Mai from Avatar: TLA mid-fight, with sunlight glinting off her shuriken (Avatar - mai kicks ass)
[personal profile] eruthros
Imagine that, for a variety of reasons, you are planning to continue to watch a show whose misogyny and isms make you sad and angry.

Now imagine that you can have a palate cleanser after every episode - anything in the world! (Except for Legend of Korra because it still isn't here whyyyyyy.) Old stuff, new stuff, movies, anime, live-action tv, specific episodes of a thing, anything at all. What would you watch to give yourself joy again?

(Sadly women-kicking-ass vids don't work, because when I'm feeling sad and angry at narrative misogyny they often feel like a lie: I watch them thinking not about the characters' moments of awesome, of which there are many, but about the characters' final fates on their shows or their reception in fandom or their creators' dismissal of them or whatever. This is the problem with watching "I'm Your Man" when sad, too.)

Date: 2011-09-15 08:32 pm (UTC)
raven: Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, wearing green and red and looking up (Default)
From: [personal profile] raven
Have you seen Chak De! India yet. Have you. And if you haven't just watch this bit.

Date: 2011-09-15 10:56 pm (UTC)
giandujakiss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] giandujakiss
Um ... not to harsh squee, I enjoyed it a lot, but I would not consider it a palate cleanser.

Date: 2011-09-15 08:34 pm (UTC)
anotherslashfan: sign reading f... (blotted out) censorship (Default)
From: [personal profile] anotherslashfan
It's abit long as palate cleaners go, but The Middleman always makes me happy.

Date: 2011-09-15 08:46 pm (UTC)
monanotlisa: (wendy watson! - mm)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
Seconded. ♥

Date: 2011-09-15 08:40 pm (UTC)
noldo: Mai from A:tLA. (mcpedro macarena)
From: [personal profile] noldo
I feel like both the comments above me have it exactly right! Watch Chak De! India. And The Middleman. If still sad watch Saving Face until happy.

Date: 2011-09-15 08:51 pm (UTC)
monanotlisa: Kalinda looking at Alicia, both of The Good Wife (kalinda & alicia - tgw)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
Actually, I've been contemplating going back to my BTVS, especially the earlier seasons. It's a little sad: that a show from the nineties, and a campy teen show to boot, is the only one managing basic levels of human decency in some ways (NOT RACE-RELATED ONES THOUGH OH DEAR).

Perhaps you want to give The Good Wife a try? I'm not saying it's fail-free; I am however saying that it's the most complex network show I've watched in a long while, full of tackling issues head-on, which includes women in the workplace. It's won me over despite being extremely realistic (?) in the sense of Adults Behaving Responsibly, which tends to bore dreamer-me, and featuring fuckloads of family relationship where the same thing applies, purely on the strength of the dynamics depicted, dynamics written by a husband-wife duo where she is not cosmetic but actually shapes and determines the storyline and the focus on the characters.

Date: 2011-09-16 01:06 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: Kalinda Sharma face (Kalinda)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
I'm a spec. fiction fan who enjoys The Good Wife, but I would put a big honking warning on it for clumsily handled race issues. That said, I want the way The Good Wife writes its characters (as complex human beings with their own motivations) to be the standard for every show ever.

Date: 2011-09-15 08:54 pm (UTC)
sabinetzin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sabinetzin
I tend to watch Blake's 7, but I guess a show populated by really terrible people isn't a great option for everyone?

So, other things: Community? Happy Endings?

Date: 2011-09-15 08:59 pm (UTC)
petra: Barbara Gordon smiling knowingly (Scott & Bailey - Wine time)
From: [personal profile] petra
If you need Awesome Women, may I suggest Scott & Bailey?

Date: 2011-09-15 09:38 pm (UTC)
anenko: (GOKUSEN: together they fight crime)
From: [personal profile] anenko
Gokusen! Dorky yakuza heroine/math teacher whips her students into shape. There's also a live action version that I love, but. . . there's a lot more female bickering over guys.

Date: 2011-09-16 02:24 am (UTC)
anenko: (GOKUSEN: poke poke)
From: [personal profile] anenko
There's a teacher/student romance, if that's a squick for anyone. It's much more prominent in the manga (our oh so cool hero turns into a giant dork for her.) The drama focuses more on the student of the week, and how Yankumi shows them the right path with an impassioned speech. I'd ignore Gokusen 2 and 3, which are basically retreads of the first series, with a different group of Johnnys.

I second the rec for Ouran High School Host Club. Coffee Prince is also a joy, although there's a big spike in angst towards the middle.

One Piece! The manga owns my heart. It's a *long* series, and some people are put off by the artwork.

The Eyeshield 21 manga, despite being about football, is also one of my go-to series for a pick me up.

Skip Beat! is great for female friendship (Kyoko & Moko BFFs 4eva!), and a slowly developing romantic relationship. Kyoko is one of my all time favourite shoujo heroines (alongside Ouran's Harushi, and Perfect Girl Evolution's Sunako. PGE has fun with kinks, but I wouldn't rec it for silly things like *plot* or consistent *character development.*)

Hah. Sorry, I seem to have rambled on a bit.

Date: 2011-09-15 09:55 pm (UTC)
aria: ([avatar] katara my badass girlfriend)
From: [personal profile] aria
I think my go-to happymaking shows are Avatar and Community! They're usually good about not making me angry, particularly Avatar.

Date: 2011-09-15 10:00 pm (UTC)
chagrined: Avatar:tLA: Aang/Katara with Aang saying, "BABY, you're my forever girl" (BABY YOU'RE MY FOREVER GIRL)
From: [personal profile] chagrined
PRINCESS TUTU

Date: 2011-09-15 10:10 pm (UTC)
laceblade: Season 3 Buffy. text: I'm the slayer, so fuck you. (Buffy: I'm the slayer so fuck you.)
From: [personal profile] laceblade
For situations like these, I think I usually turn to BTVS, Sailor Moon, and/or Utena.

Date: 2011-09-15 10:23 pm (UTC)
lotesse: (xena_indy!au)
From: [personal profile] lotesse
Xena. One of the happy ones with 90% female casts. And not one of the yicky ones with race/colonialism issues.

Because it's just so happy to be what it is.

Date: 2011-09-15 10:57 pm (UTC)
giandujakiss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] giandujakiss
I'm going with the screwball comedies, like, oh, Stage Door or Midnight. Because they did have period sexism, but in the main, those women were awesome as hell and they controlled their stories and they did it in the 1930s.

Date: 2011-09-16 12:06 am (UTC)
glass_icarus: (avatar: aang sokka)
From: [personal profile] glass_icarus
A:TLA is currently my go-to for everything. &hearts

Also, Ouran High School Host Club. And Mononoke. And Toshokan Sensou. And and and (can totes enable you, if you like!)...

Date: 2011-09-20 02:22 am (UTC)
glass_icarus: (avatar: aang momo grinny)
From: [personal profile] glass_icarus
I have a post on Toshokan Sensou! :)

Date: 2011-09-16 12:55 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: (Middleman: French Cuisine!)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
I came here to suggest The Middleman, because it makes everything better. Yay, I'm not the only one who thinks that!

Princess Tutu is shaping up to be pretty awesome so far, I bet it would make a good palate cleanser type show, too.

Date: 2011-09-16 01:07 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: Ida: Welcome to my brain (ida)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
The Art Crawl episode of The Middleman, over and over and over again until I die of it.

Date: 2011-09-16 01:14 am (UTC)
fenellaevangela: text: Kirk & Spock & Bones & some guy in a red shirt. (Default)
From: [personal profile] fenellaevangela
Hmm, maybe St. Trinian's? YMMV, but I find it light and enjoyable without too many issues.

(I have been watching it a lot recently, however, and there's one scene near the end with Russell Brand that I tend to skip. Still. Fun movie.)

Date: 2011-09-16 01:37 am (UTC)
stewardess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stewardess
Happy making, in the Awesome (but also realistic) Women category:

TV
The Middleman
Slings And Arrows

Movies
The Thin Man

Date: 2011-09-20 02:16 am (UTC)
stewardess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stewardess
Nora Charles kicks ass!

Date: 2011-09-16 02:08 am (UTC)
apatheia_jane: (Default)
From: [personal profile] apatheia_jane
I go for cracktastic comedies as pick me ups.

Ranma 1/2. Wtf panda.
Coffee Prince.
Xena works too.

Date: 2011-09-17 08:19 pm (UTC)
fizzyblogic: [Game of Thrones] detail on a map of Westeros (Default)
From: [personal profile] fizzyblogic
Dark Angel, especially season one. Kickass women and people of colour, people with disabilities, queer characters, all in a cool post-apocalyptic cyberpunk setting. It has a bad reputation in fandom, probably because the main actress isn't all that good, but the writing's not awful and I love it.

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