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15 January 2013 @ 07:46 pm
Hey Gossip Girl Fans,
I am currently enrolled in an anthropology class (3110) called research methods and I am doing a research paper on gossip girl. My research paper seeks to examine the perceptions of representation of femininity in “Gossip Girl,” and its relation with contemporary discourses of femininity, and consumption habits in young women.

I need to have people fill in a questionnaire/survey or if anyone is willing to do a Skype interview. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone would be able to help me out. I have a consent form and everything is legitimate (which you will get a copy of too), with contact information to my professor.

If anyone is interested please contact me!

Thanks in advance
 
 

Physically punishing woman for being so very mean to men always is the way to do it.

Same old story: As soon as a male character's feelings are hurt, especially by a female character, fandom has their pitchforks ready. Not a new thing, especially not in Gossip Girl fandom. But maybe we could talk about the treatment Blair recieved ever since she broke up (or didn't break up) with Dan.

Ever since last season's finale people wished awful things on Blair ("I hope Chuck beats her up for real this time") and had this really pervert need for her to be "punished" for hurting Dan. And then there was this big "Dan should hit Blair back" controversity, that ended in someone hilariously screaming "THIS REEKS OF MAN-HATE" on anon_xoxo.
All of this is coming from former (or not-so-former) Dan/Blair shippers, which is funny, because from what I gathered Dan/Blair was supposed to be the GOOD, "FEMINIST" ship.

Also, there is this on-going trend to believing Blair doesn't deserve defense, epsecially not feminist defense, because she's an "anti-feminist" character. (I don't even know how a female character can be anti-feminist, tell me how it works.)
So, is Blair a well-rounded, awesomely written character that screams "FEMINIST ROLEMODEL"?
No, she isn't. But she also isn't with Dan. Blair's value (on the show and in fandom) can't depend on the man she is or isn't with. There seems to be this big misconception in Dan/Blair fandom that Blair with Dan is another, better Blair and Blair with Chuck is this whiny, pathetic bitch that "deserves everything she gets", when really the writing for Blair's character just sucked for 4 seaons straight. You can criticise Blair and the writing for Blair, there's plenty reason to, but shaming her and wishing awful things on her because she broke up with YOUR PRINCE is absolute, utter bullshit and makes me sad for womanhood.

Anything you wanna add? If you found some really gross posts around and want to share (I haven't really tried with my research tbh), totally do!
 
 
18 May 2012 @ 11:38 pm
There is a petition against the show on change.org

Gossip Girl: Stop glamorizing an abusive relationship. Chuck and Blair's.



The Petition Letter
[is under here]



Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Gossip Girl and The CW.

Stop glamorizing an abusive relationship. Chuck and Blair's.

Abusive relationships, whether physical or emotional, should not be tolerated by anyone, let alone be shown in a TV show like it's all right, especially when said TV show is directed towards so many young women/teenagers. IT IS NOT OKAY.

Young teenage girls are very impressionable.

We saw Chuck not only assault and objectify her, but also use physical intimidation to frighten her, and prior to that scene, humiliate and publicly degrade her in front of a woman she was trying to impress by discussing their sexual history!

In our book, and according to most definitions, that's an abuser!

Please use your show as a positive influence to all the people out there. This is not even about a shipping war. At all. I’m just worried about the people who are watching Gossip Girl but doesn't see the unhealthy aspects of it. I just want the writers to acknowledge certain aspect of Chuck and Blair's relationship. Thanks!


Sincerely,
Concern Viewers
[Your name]






YOU CAN SIGN IT HERE.


 
 
28 February 2012 @ 01:35 am



BILLY BALDWIN ("WILLIAM VAN DER WOODSEN") RETURNS/ANDREW MCCARTHY DIRECTS THE EPISODE - Blair thinks Cyrus (Wallace Shawn, who does not appear in the episode) may have found a potential loophole in her prenup. Chuck and Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) partner up in a scheme, but it has an unpredictable outcome. Meanwhile, a family crisis brings William van der Woodsen (Baldwin) back to the Upper East Side.
Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Kaylee DeFer, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. Andrew McCarthy directed the episode written by Jake Coburn the devil.

Does anyone remember why Daddy van der Woodsen is not behind bars right now?

 
 
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
 
 
22 February 2012 @ 12:27 pm


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DAN'S BOOK IS SHOWCASED BY UPRIGHT CITIZEN'S BRIGADE - Dan feels honored when he learns that Upright Citizen's Brigade is performing excerpts from his book, Inside. Blair tries to prove Serena's suspicions wrong in order to save their friendship. On her way out of town, Ivy ends up on a collision course with the van der Woodsens.
Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. John Terlesky directed the episode written by Amy B. Harris.


Two days late, sorry about that.
 
 
 
14 February 2012 @ 01:12 am

NATE THROWS A VALENTINE'S DAY BASH / ST. VINCENT PERFORMS - It's Valentine's Day on the Upper East Side and Blair can't resist playing cupid for someone she loves. Georgina is intent on stirring up more drama, so she decides to crash Nate's Valentine's Day party. Meanwhile, Serena is shocked by something she witnesses at the party. Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick, Kaylee DeFer, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. Matt Penn directed the episode written by Austin Winsberg.


 
 
Current Mood: very, very tired
 
 
07 February 2012 @ 01:39 am



BLAIR STRUGGLES WITH A DECISION ABOUT HER FUTURE - Blair must make a difficult decision about her future, the consequences of which could hurt those she loves most. Serena takes the blame for an incident with Gossip Girl in order to protect someone she loves. Georgina smells the scent of scandal and decides to follow its trail. Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. David Warren directed the episode written by Matt Whitney.
 
 
31 January 2012 @ 01:32 am



The much-anticipated 100th episode will open with a musical dream sequence featuring Serena, Blair and all the men in their lives. Also, while Suck wrestles with the reality that Blair is about to walk down the aisle with Prince Louis, the return of Georgina Sparks might make the royal affair a royal disaster.
Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. Mark Piznarski directed the episode written by executive producer Joshua Safran.
 
 
24 January 2012 @ 01:12 am


BLAIR'S BACHELORETTE PARTY/EPISODE DIRECTED BY AMY HECKERLING ("CLUELESS") - Blair prepares to celebrate her upcoming royal wedding with a bachelorette party, but others scheme behind her back to make this a night to remember. After discovering the truth behind Chuck and Blair's car accident, Nate joins forces with a surprising ally to gather the evidence. Serena and Dan pretend to be dating again to protect someone close to them.
Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle also star. Amy Heckerling directed the episode written by Peter Elkoff.