Anonymous asked: Do you think there will be any development into the whole Maya and Cam situation? Yes everything that she does leads to him but I think they should at least attempt to show Maya being vulnerable not just through using guys
I don’t know… I mean, yeah, we can all sit here and recognize that some of her actions are tied to her feelings about losing Cam, and we can imagine that she is still feeling pretty messed up about it, but it’s been a while since it was really explicitly discussed on the show.
Right now it sort of feels to me like they’re already done with Cam. They’re working toward being done with Adam too now. I don’t think that the show should, like, obsess over these characters forever or anything, but I do think that it’s a bit weird that the aftermath and reactions and grief to these losses weren’t depicted a bit more. We did thankfully get a decent amount of coverage with Drew, but we didn’t get a satisfying amount of coverage with other characters…like Dallas (his last storyline about drowning things out with drinking/sexual activities would’ve been an awesome time to tie in the double losses he’d experienced, but they didn’t really take that opportunity) or Maya.
It makes sense to show Maya being vulnerable through guys, but yeah, I agree that it definitely shouldn’t be the only way. All of the aftermath and whatnot after Cam’s death certainly started off on the right foot, but it didn’t really sustain itself for too long. I know that a show can’t remain fixated on one storyline/character for too long, but at the same time…they could’ve done a bit more.
At this point I don’t know how many more times they’ll have Maya (or people around her) mention Cam. They seem a lot more interested in Miles/Maya and the drama with Zoe and Tristan. I do think that Cam could come up in 13C since we see that Maya will be spending time with Zig again. The topic could possibly come up then…but I don’t know. I’m not exactly holding my breath!
Anonymous asked: What kind of feminist do you consider yourself (if at all)?
I definitely do consider myself a feminist!
Honestly, I’m not really sure. It’s interesting that you ask me this since I just took a big test in one of my classes involving a bunch of different perspectives/movements (liberal, radical, Marxist, postcolonial, standpoint, queer theory, multicultural, eco-feminism, etc.) within feminist theory. In taking this class, I’ve learned that there are so many interesting different perspectives, and I guess I feel like I’m probably one of those people who’s up for just picking and choosing elements from many different perspectives! I just think that most of the movements have at least some merit to them, and I’m always interested in hearing the perspectives from a wide variety of people.
I guess the main thing I can say is that my brand of feminism is intersectional. I don’t want to be yet another person who just focuses on the lives and struggles of educated straight white upper-class people. I want to be cognizant of more than just gender. Obviously gender is of great importance, but other things are important too. Race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, etc. are all extremely significant, and I just think that it’s so important to recognize how people’s experiences differ. I like acknowledging people’s differences, and I’d hate to be someone who just talks over other people. I try really hard not to do that, though I know I’m not perfect. I try to read a lot of works that are written by women who are different than I am. I definitely don’t and can’t claim to be an expert, but I try to learn more all the time.
Anyway, I can’t really sum myself up as just one type of feminist. I mean, for example, liberal feminism and radical feminism take totally different paths (with liberal feminism wanting to integrate women into the system, but with radical feminism wanting to abolish the current system), but I can see the points of both. There are so many interesting perspectives and movements out there that I just can’t limit myself to only one! :)
Anonymous asked: Do you think season 14 will be a big improvement with all the negativity that season 13 has been getting or do you think the writers will continue with the terrible development and ship drama and ignore the fans?
I would like to say that I have a little hope… I mean, after the boring messiness of seasons 8 and 9, we got season 10. I’m sure that not everyone loves season 10, and that’s totally fine, but regardless, it took the show into a fresh new direction after a couple of arguably stale seasons. Season 11 was another lesser season in a lot of people’s opinions, but after that we got season 12, which was a definite step up for the most part.
I guess I don’t really remember quite as much backlash surrounding seasons 8/9 and 11, though. I mean, there definitely was…but the backlash surrounding season 13 has been particularly big. There was the obvious backlash in response to the shoddy way in which they killed Adam’s character, but there has also been the week-to-week backlash. Almost all of the episodes this season have left the majority of fans (on tumblr, anyway) feeling pretty cold.
Honestly, I could kind of see it going either way. I would like to think that they would try a little harder in the event of a season 14, but at the same time, I’m not really sure. The show will be in a pretty weird place then with only a few characters left, so it’ll be a fairly unstable time. They’ll have to bring in lots of new characters, which is fine, but there will definitely be a break-in period. Could it be the start of something great? Definitely! Could it be a mess? Definitely…!
It’d be really nice if they’d listen to the disappointment of the fans and try to improve, but I’m not really sure if they’re interested in that. I mean, it’s their right not to listen to the fans and I definitely don’t mean to encourage fan pandering or fanservice or anything, BUT it’d be nice if they’d keep people’s comments in mind. I’m not sure, though. They sometimes don’t seem super open to criticism (from what little I’ve seen on Twitter, anyway), but I don’t know. I shouldn’t talk like I know them because I obviously don’t! Haha. Anyway, in the end I could honestly see it going either way…which isn’t a satisfying answer, but it’s true!
Anonymous asked: Do you know any sites to watch earlier season of degrassi, preferably free? Also, what is your favorite degrassi season and why? Is there anyone you'd recommend to me? I've watched some episodes and I'm into the high intensity ones. Like when Emma thinks she's pregnant or when there's a tragedy. They're sad sometimes but have good lessons.
I am definitely partial to the first five or six seasons…and of the more recent ones, I prefer seasons 10 and 12.
Overall I think I usually say that my favorite season is season 3. I loved the first two seasons, but I remember feeling like the show had really come into its own by season 3. It had some iconic episodes like “U Got the Look” and “Accidents Will Happen” as well as some other really well done episodes with important topics like “Pride” and “Whisper to a Scream” and it even had a few fun episodes like “Take on Me.” I just really liked the cast at that point and I enjoyed pretty much every episode!
I would honestly really recommend the first six seasons. I guess that’s a pretty big chunk of episodes to watch, but I’d say that it’s worth it! There are some pretty heavy, intense episodes in all of those seasons. I’m less into seasons 7-9, but if you get to that point and want to watch them (if you haven’t already), then go for it! I just think that the first six (but especially the first five) are all pretty darn good and on fairly equal footing in terms of how good they are. I suppose the first season is a lot lighter, probably because the characters are just so young, but there are some important and/or heavy topics in there as well. Enjoy! :)
Anonymous asked: Do you think Degrassi will survive and have a 14th season? And that 13c will be better then what we have so far?
Hmm, that’s something I’ve actually been thinking about a bit lately. On the one hand, it sort of feels like Degrassi will never die (and your interpretation of that might be good or bad), but on the other hand…they have received some bad press lately, and I don’t even necessarily mean just from the fans who are writing negative reviews on their blogs. I mean from people outside of the little tumblr world. Degrassi definitely caught some flak for killing Adam off.
I don’t really know what the ratings are like (or how they compare to the ratings of the past), and I imagine that’s probably at least part of a reason why shows stay afloat. I haven’t heard anything too bad about this lately.
It’s hard to imagine there not being another season of Degrassi, but it will happen someday…and maybe that day is sooner than we think. I mean, the show would be very different in a possible season 14 since so many characters have left and will leave by the end of 13 (I assume, anyway?).
I don’t know. I could see it going either way. I sort of feel like there will be another season…but I guess I wouldn’t be super surprised at this point if 13 is the last. I don’t really know though! I don’t have a ton of insider information.
I would really like to hope that 13C will be an improvement, but I also had hoped that 13B would be an improvement…and, well, I guess it was an improvement overall, but it was only a slight improvement. I really thought that it would get a lot better once they got out of the summer stuff and back into the school (and back to their element). It did improve but only slightly. I don’t really care for a lot of what they’ve been focusing on lately and this season has just felt very shallow overall. It looks like 13C might be more of the same, but then again, we’ve only seen, what, a promo or two? It’s hard to say, though I certainly hope that it’ll be better!!
I have another paper to write + about 100 pages to read tonight + a test tomorrow + a quiz on Friday….AND THEN this brutal week will be over!
There are a couple of messages in my inbox and I will get to them soon! I’ve just been super busy, but I didn’t want anyone to think that I was ignoring them. :)
I hope that everyone is having a nice week!
I have a 3-5 page paper due in 90 minutes and I haven’t even started it yet
what am I doing with my life
Anonymous asked: Whatever happened with that drama with Andrea the girl who use to play Hazel. I think she is so right about degrassi not giving real story lines to black characters. When they do give black characters story lines they are never realistic and they never even last long. I am 100% sure that tv drama doesn't always have to be based on superficial relationship drama. I am not saying degrassi has never covered topics involving race but they do it so little it's irrelevant. It's usually black males
that get story line if they get any at all not involving side story lines. There are black teenagers who struggle with cutting bullying anorexia just like white teenagers, it’s just a little hard considering I am a black teenager who has suffered with all of those. I would like to see some inspirational episodes involving people like me to you know. Getting bullied for being to dark,talking funny, having your boyfriends parents be racist. It’s just frustrating so much potential they could have
It would be a better story line then using the same washed up plots.
I completely agree with you. Most of the characters of color that Degrassi has had over the years have often been relegated to being ‘sidekicks’ to their white friends, receiving fewer storylines and less development. There are a couple of exceptions (like Manny Santos and Jimmy Brooks…and Liberty Van Zandt had some poignant storylines even if she was still relatively ignored at times…and you could argue that Alli and Sav Bhandari both got decent amounts of screentime), but overall it seems like the characters of color don’t get as many plots as their white peers do…and it’s really quite disappointing.
Degrassi hardly ever directly discusses race and the various issues that characters of color might face due to racism. Maybe they’re just afraid to tackle these issues because they can be rather personal and sensitive, but that’s not really a good excuse. Toronto is a pretty darn diverse city, but you wouldn’t really know it by just watching Degrassi. I totally agree that it would be really interesting and worthwhile to have some plots and storylines that actually did highlight the unique issues that people of color might face. I also agree that it would be nice if the characters of color were given storylines with more depth and which depicted issues that any teenager can face (like your mentions of issues like cutting, eating disorders, etc.). It seems like these issues tend to be depicted with the white characters far more often, which really isn’t fair.
It’s sort of frustrating to think back to characters like Chantay or Marisol, who were more or less treated like throwaway characters. They both left the show and it felt like you knew nothing about them beyond, like, who their friends were. Hazel was treated slightly better, I think, but not much! She pretty much only had one storyline of her own (the culture day one where she pretended to be Jamaican at first) that actually did have a little potential, but then she was put back into the background again…merely popping up as either “Paige’s friend” or “Jimmy’s boyfriend.” I actually did like Hazel and I liked her relationship with Jimmy, but they weren’t given as much screentime as other couples.
I don’t know… Degrassi just seems rather transparent in their frequent preference for the white kids’ storylines. The balance was a bit more equal between, say, Emma and Manny (and maybe Clare and Alli to a slightly lesser degree), but in a lot other pairings, the characters of color suffered. In the show, Katie was preferred to Marisol, Riley was preferred to Zane, Miles has been preferred to Winston, Paige was preferred to Hazel, etc. I mean, the show isn’t wholly lacking in diversity, but it seems rather shallow. Yes, the cast can be pretty diverse at times if you’re just looking at a photo of the cast together, but if you actually watch the show, you realize that they don’t give as much screentime to the various characters of color. It’d be really nice if they did, and I totally agree that the storylines like you mentioned would be more interesting and important to see…rather than all of these trite relationship plots and all of this forced drama/fighting. The show seems kind of shallow right now.