Television

Murder She Watched, Part 1

Women detectives have been a prime-time staple since the 1950s. In part one of their investigation into female crime solvers on TV, Cristen and Caroline trace the literary origin of this beloved character all the way to Cagney and Lacey's game-changing roles.

Stay Golden

Almost as soon as The Golden Girls premiered in 1985, it became one of the most beloved shows on television. Cristen and Caroline discuss the show's history and incredible legacy as a sitcom that wasn't afraid to tackle important issues such as aging, sexual health and even gay marriage.

Cheesecake Studies: The Golden Girls, According to Academia

As if the 15 Emmys "The Golden Girls" won over its seven-year run isn't proof enough of its pop cultural significance, academics have even stepped out of their ivory towers onto the lanai to consider the deeper meanings of cheesecake chats and exclamations of "condoms, condoms, condoms!"

"Spicy" Latinas

Stereotypes about Latinas' bodies and behaviors abound, and perhaps none are more pop culturally persistent than that of the "spicy" Latina. Cristen and Caroline, trace the history behind this on-screen trope that's endured from Carmen Miranda to Sofia Vergara.

Late Night TV: No Girls Allowed?

Is late night television resistant to women hosts and writers? Cristen and Caroline explore the past and present of late night TV to answer a question critics and viewers alike have been asking increasingly in recent years: where are the women?

'The Oprah Winfrey Show' Show

What has Oprah been up to since we first discussed her rise to media mogul status? Cristen and Caroline discuss Oprah's recent small and big screen success in this special holiday revisit of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Show first aired in November 2011.

The Rise of Female Action Heroes

In the 1970s, Pam Grier became Hollywood's first female action lead, debuting a new type of strong, fierce woman on screen. Following a slow and highly sexualized evolution of the female action hero, or superheroine, there appears to be a resurgence of butt-kicking women at the box office, and Cristen and Caroline explore the modern plight of the superheroine.

Why are women true crime's bloodthirstiest fans?

Whether in print or on television, true crime draws its largest audience from women. Caroline and Cristen autopsy the gory genre to understand the particularly female appeal of so-called "violence porn."

How the "CSI Effect" Could Solve the Case of Missing Women in STEM

Forensics is a rare area of science that needs no help recruiting more women into its ranks. Although some people seem surprised that young women would be attracted to such a potentially grisly profession that involves analyzing blood 'n' guts via forensic toxicology, forensic chemistry, crime scene analysis and so forth, they now comprise an overwhelming majority of those in classrooms and crime labs. And the reasons behind the exponential growth of women in forensics both exemplifies how to attract more girls and women to STEM careers and reflects the challenges of retaining female science talent to top-tier academic programs, labs and leadership positions...

Why are women so bloodthirsty for true crime?

In September 2013, TIME magazine asked whether murder shows are the "new soap operas for women," judging by the meteoric rise of Investigation Discovery, a 24-7 cable true crime extravaganza. Launched barely five years ago, Investigation Discovery (ID) has attracted an overwhelmingly female audience rabid for shows about horrific crimes, including lovers-turned-murders, housewives-turned-sociopaths and run-of-the-mill stranger danger. Now, ID claims the 8th-highest cable TV slot among women 25 to 54 years old -- but why?