Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Girls Are Not Safe on South African TV

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South African TV is rarely original. Often, you can watch a plot play out on three different shows in three different languages with three different characters. The resolution is usually the same. This is frustrating but it’s hardly anything new.

As a woman, as a feminist, it’s often hard to consume TV on surface levels because real life is really real* and putting it on screen as entertainment always blurs lines. (I enjoy Law & Order: SVU with the rest of the cult fans but it’s still triggering viewing.) Lately I’ve noticed a hardly-new way to tell stories crop up again in daily and weekly TV shows: girls and women being preyed upon.