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Abortion and the decision to be a mother on TV shows.

I think there’s something wrong with our society when, still nowadays, people aren’t able to talk openly of abortion without being subjected to a reprimend. It doesn’t matter if you are in favor or against it, people still would snap out of their minds with the very mention of it and this needs to change.

Women are still having -and will keep having- abortions wether people like it or not, it’s a fact. Our responsability, as active members of a society, is to dig in into this controversial -and troublesome- ideas, no matter how (un)comfortable that makes us feel.

We need informed people, we need individuals to be confronted head on with this subject now more than ever, because we can’t keep avoiding it. Abortion is part of our reality and we need to see that. Wee need to accept that and carry on with our lives.

Lately, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to know that TV shows had surpased us on this very subject. Just last year, I’ve came across with four shows that aired different episodes with a variety of colorful stories were abortion has been treated like it is, a  non-judgmental day-by-day decision made by women about her own bodies. Sometimes accompanied by their partners, other times, alone.

Take Bojack Horseman for example, not only did they succesfully managed to make an entire episode (Brrap Brrap Pew Pew) devoted to treat the subject from diferent angles -controversial song included- but it also singlehandedly managed to create an enthralling story for Diane in which she decides to have an abortion with the full support of his boyfriend, Mr. Peanutbutter, and with no regrets whatsoever.

Within Bojack Horseman‘s world, abortion is a delicate topic to engage with too, thus, women are also demonized. What’s refreshing is the much human take of the situation. There there is this strong and confident woman who’s not ready -or doesn’t want – to have a child and her life partner is, nonetheless, by her side all the time. Talk about relationship goals.

Something similar happens in a stelar episode (When Will Josh And His Friend Leave Me Alone?) of the wonderful second season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, when Paula finds out that she’s pregnant right after receiving the news that she was accepted to study law in order to follow her dreams of becoming a lawyer.

And the show comes up with an interesting take on the matter and certainly one that a lot of women has to deal with in any given moment in their life: how much self-sacrifice should women have to face in order to achieve their dreams? What happens when life gets in your way? What you shoould do? How it will affect your life and the way everybody sees you?

The answer is, and as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend perfectly sums it up, to go on with it, whatever the finally decision is or would be. Eventually, she decides to go on with the abortion, with her husband by her side, holding her hand and taking care of her. Paula already has two kids and a prominent future looking right at her, waiting for her.

As we can see, motherhood is not, and shouldn’t be, an obstacle in one’s life.  Motherhood it’s neither a burden every women has to carry on their shoulders, nor an obligation that should be imposed on their lives.

This is something that crosses Lindsay’s mind on a poignant episode of You Are The Worst (Talking To Me, Talking To Me) when she is met with a crossroad deciding if she wants to go on with her pregnancy because she really wants to have a baby or just because it’s what her husband needs to be happy.

As an audience, we’re aloud to see through the cracks of Lindsay and Paul’s relationship. They are -and has been-together more out of a rutine than by a shared sense of love or mutual respect, for that matter; and, as later Lindsay realizes, a baby is not going to help improve it either way. Their not meant to be together, pregnancy aside or not.

Lindsay, as immature and impulsive as she is, ends getting the abortion without consulting it with his husband. Eventually he learns about it and, after a big fight, he too acknowledges that even a baby would not save their relationship.

The series is so nuanced and invested on telling this story, that they manage to make a powerful argument with it: being a mother is, as any other aspect in life, a decision that needs to be made, not by others, but by the couple involved; and, first and foremost, by the woman herself.

Fiona Gallagher, the matriarch and the (somewhat) moral compass of the Gallagher family in Shameless US has to make the same decision on an episode (NSFW) of the sixth season. After she learns she is pregnant she decides, with the help of her boyfriend, to have an abortion. As we can see throughout the whole episode, they are not ready to have a kid, nor they want to.

Praises aside, these four bold series have managed to do what any other show couldn’t, treat abortion not as the main event of an episode, but rather as a part of each of their characters’ stories. By not making a big fuzz about it, they’re really changing the way we should be treating the subject, like a life decision more than a game changer.

Las 18 mejores series del 2016, parte 2

9 Lady Dynamite Netflix, primera temporada.

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Si hay alguien adecuado para hablar de una enfermedad mental en una serie y reírse sobre ello definitivamente es la comediante Maria Bamford. Su particular sentido del humor y carisma hacen que cada capítulo de Lady Dynamite sea una nueva aventura.

La serie narra la vida de Maria, una actriz diagnósticada con un transtorno bipolar que se tiene que enfrentar al mundo del espectáculo después de haber estado un tiempo en un hospital psiquiátrico y alejada del medio.

Lady Dynamite no solo se encarga de hacer un estudio profundo sobre las personas que sufren una enfermedad mental, sino que también nos dan una perspectiva realista de las personas que las rodean. Serie esencial para todos los fanáticos del humor negro.

8 The Good Place NBC, primera temporada.

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Desde el estreno del remake de The Office, Michael Schur se ha encargado de crear comedias novedosas, con personajes entrañabales, muy adelantadas a su época y con The Good Place no se queda atrás.

Con este programa seguimos a Eleanor, una chica inteligente que se dedicaba a aprovecharse de los demás en una vida mal vivida, hasta que muere y aparece, gracias a un error, en el paraíso (o The Good Place) y no en el infierno (o The Bad Place). Ahí conoce al ángel arquitecto de ahí, Michael (un magnífico ted Danson) al que tendrá que engañar para poder mantener su lugar.

Si con esa explicación imaginaste una serie muy conceptual, entonces estás en lo correcto, y The Good Place se divierte mucho con eso. Resulta muy interesante ver cómo la serie juega con temas morales y profundos de forma tan natural, algo que lo vuelve un programa esencial esta temporada.

7 Love Netflix, primera temporada.

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Para los que ya conocen el trabajo de Judd Apatow, sabrán que su tipo de comedia se distingue por tratar temas en particular de forma incómoda y directa. En Girls el enfoque fue dirigido a las mujeres jóvenes modernas, en Freaks and Geeks a un grupo de inadaptados y en su más reciente creación, Love, se centra en una pareja totalmente diferente.

En manos de cualquier otras personas, esta serie podría ser otro programa más sobre una pareja dispareja. Sin embargo, con Judd Apatow y compañía, podemos disfrutar de la historia detallada de dos individuos imperfectos que intentan acompañarse el uno al otro a pesar de todo lo que se los impide, sobre todo ellos mismos.

6 Stranger Things Netflix, primera temporada.

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Si hay una serie que dio de qué hablar en este año es, sin duda, Stranger Things. Programa que, por si mismo, logró retomar los mejores elementos del terror y el suspenso de la decada de los 80 y aprovecharlos para crear una historia intrigante que sigue a un grupo de personas que están en búsqueda de un niño que, al parecer, se encuentra perdido en otra dimensión. Imperdible.

5 Veep HBO, quinta temporada.

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Esta es la primera temporada de este exitoso show de comedia política en el que el showrunner es diferente al creador original, debido a la partida de Armando Iannucci. Afortunadamente, y gracias a la fuerza del talentoso cast y de las historias ingeniosas, esta es una de las mejores temporadas de la serie.

A lo largo de 13 capítulos , personajes secundarios, como Catherine, ganan fuerza y el protagonismo necesario para llevar su propio episodio (como el fabuloso Kissing Your Sister) sin perder los arcos argumentales del resto. Muy recomendable.

4 Black Mirror Netflix, tercera temporada.

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Fue un gran alivio que el monstruo del entretenimiento Netflix decidiera retomar esta increíble serie antológica que centra sus episodios en los peligros de el aprovechamiento de la tecnología en exceso y la forma en que ésto afecta directamente a nuestra humanidad y relaciones personales.

Resulta refrescante que dicho programa contara con el respaldo y la fuerza creativa de Netflix para abrir las puertas a nuevas e impresionantes historias y a figuras importantes en el medio, como Bryce Dallas Howard y Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

3 You’re The Worst FX, tercera temporada

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Después de haber tenido una de las mejores temporadas del 2015, You’e The Worst tenía demasiadas expectativas que cumplir. esta vez, a pesar de no haber alcanzado el mismo puesto que el año pasado, contó con uno de los arcos argumentales más interesantes y profundos sobre el Transtorno por estrés postraumático, los efectos que tiene en las personas que les aflige y las consecuencias que viven los que lo rodean.

A mí parecer, este show sigue siendo la serie que trata con más profundidad y seriedad las relaciones amorosas y a los integrantes de las mismas. Un verdadero ejemplo de lo que debe ser el humor negro.

2 Bojack Horseman Netflix, tercera temporada.

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Quien diga que los dibujos animados no deberían de tomarse en serio debería de ver inmediatamente Bojack Horseman. Esta serie no solo enfocó su tercera temporada en tratar de entender a sus (de por si) complicados protagonistas, sino que también entró en el debate del aborto y la otredad sin problema alguno.

Para ser una serie protagonizada por un caballo con problemas de alcoholismo y depresión, Bojack Horseman es uno de los programas más sinceros y sencillos que podrás encontrar en la televisión actual.

1 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend The CW, segunda temporada

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Con tan sólo 6 capítulos de la segunda temporada, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend logró encabezar esta lista sin problema alguno. No es solo porque cuenta con uno de los personajes más interesantes de la televisión actual, y antiheroina autoproclamada, Rebecca Bunch, sino que también es una de las series más ingeniosas de la televisión actual.

Acompañada de una lista impresionantes de musicales y un cast muy fuerte, la segunda temporada de Crazy Ex-Girlfriend continua modificando los estereotipos de la mujer loca y el hombre superficial, mientras desarrolla una de las más grandes historias de amor: el de dos mejores amigas que se pierden en el camino.

 

Y ahí lo tienen, este es el listado de series del 2016 que, en mi opinión, tuvieron motivos suficientes para sobresalir de entre el mar de programas que se estrenan cada año, ¿ya viste alguna? ¿qué te pareció?

 

Bojack Horseman: Understanding The Other.

I started to watch Bojack Horseman like a month ago because I wanted to enjoy something ‘light’ and not to heavy on the plot. Oh, how beautifully wrong I was. Not only the show singlehandedly managed to suprise me with each and every single episode, but it also achieved to kept me in a constant state of  awestruck wonder with its round characters and well-thought arcs.

Yes, Bojack Horseman is an animated tv show, but it’s certainly  not a light-handed one. It is constructed like a sitcom, but actually is so much more. Bojack is an antropomorphized horse who also happens to be a drunk television star from the 90s that is looking for the actual meaning of his life in a odd version of Hollywood where antropomorphized animals and humans live together. Talk about high-concept tv shows, right?

What’s really interesting of this show is not only its ability to tackle important, issues with some dark sense of humor, like abortion, the star system or the rape culture, but his utter and deep understanding of Otherness and how society’s constantly looking to inflict pain and punish the Other.

But before I can carry on , I would like to take a little break to explain what Otherness is. This idea is central to sociological analyses of how majority and minority identities are constructed. Otherness is the state of being different from the common and very shared social identity. So, The Other would always be considered as the other one that is not me or,  in society’s case, us.

Thus, Bojack Horseman‘s world excels at trying to understand the Other in form of their main characters. Its narrative is constantly making them an example of Otherness with each situation they have to live. They are the outcasts of the diverse world, The Others of their reality.

Bojack’s careful character depiction of a depressed individual functions as a representation of The Other of sane people, The Other of us. In a society were people are labeled under the dichotomy of sane/insane person, The Other are always the ones that suffer a mental illness and are constantly punished and judged upon on something they can’t control.

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Bojack tries to be happy, but he doesn’t know how. First, he is sure that, in order to achieve it, he needs to act on a movie that portrays the life on one of his personal heroes: Secretariat; but when he actually does that, he feels the same. The next logical step on his plan is to win an Oscar to be happy, and when he is (mistakenly) nominated, he feels the same, again. Depression, as Bojack will learn, is not something you can turn on and off as you wish.

He is portrayed as broken person, one that is constantly screwing people over in order to find his own happiness. That kind of person that prefers to ignore the fact that depression is a real issue,  and is rapidly taking over his life, with alcholo and drugs. The one that make all this decisions because of his Otherness.

And is because his understanding of how Otherness works within the limits of society that he places his friend Diane as The Other on his relationship, because she’s not like him, because she thinks differently, and because she considers herself as a feminist, and that is too much for him to handle.

In Bojack Horseman’s world, Diane’s character functions like the perfect  depiction of The Other of men. She is that kind of person that can not and would not accept neither the rape culture surrounding her nor men’s failed attempts to decide over women’s bodies, even if everybody is standing against her. Including Bojack Horseman.

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Princess Carolyn, Bojack’s cat agent, and Mr. Peanutbutter, Diane’s dog husband who’s also an actor, on the other hand, are the perfect example of an Otherness dichotomy, not only because their animal races are typically pitted against each other by society, but because their flaws as characters are labeled as weakness by the society. The former cares too much about other people and the latter is the epitome of carelessness.

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Not only Otherness help us to understand the profound level of discrimination we create over our relationships and the hurtful stereotypes we put on each other when we recognize our differences, it also help us to understand ourselves by seeing us reflected on The Other. That’s something that this TV show taught me.

Bojack’s Horseman ability to create and develop great stories for a bunch of pretty round and full-fleshed characters is just one of its many skills, but to create a sense of understanding of Otherness with them, is just the perfect cherry on top to partner up with this ‘light’ animated TV show.