Feminist Orphan Black: The Countdown
3. Legitimizing Sex Work
The approach Orphan Black takes to sex and sexuality is practically revolutionary. Felix works as a rentboy, and nobody on the show ever shames him for it. Even uptight, religious, suburban Alison doesn’t make a big deal of it — she even cleans and organizes his sex toys and paraphernalia when she’s giving his apartment a scrubdown with no more distaste than she affords his toilet bowl. While sex work industries can be extremely exploitative, and many people who do sex work do so because they are coerced or forced into it, there are also many people who, like Felix, engage in sex work in a non-exploitative capacity by their own free choice — and even enjoy it. It’s important to see media portrayals of sex work as neutral and even positive, since so much of society — reinforced by the majority of media depictions of sex work — consider sex work shameful or pitiable. Felix, though, is comfortable with his sexuality and confident in his own skin, and he makes his own decisions about how to use his body, which includes sex work. This unapologetic approach to sex work buttresses Orphan Black’s feminist theme of bodily autonomy, which I’ll nail (ha) in tomorrow’s installment of my Feminist Orphan Black series.
Want to see the other parts of this Feminist Orphan Black Countdown series? Here’s the first one. (It includes a little more info about the project, too.)
Do I have a problem? Nah. If you haven’t watched @tatmas play all the clones on #orphanblack, you have a problem. Season two in THREE days! @orphanblacktv #cloneclub
Do you enjoy the action scenes? Are there things about your job that you don’t enjoy?
To prepare for the season two premiere of Orphan black on April 19th we thought we’d take a look back at season one in every way we possibly could. Since we’re already on Tumblr we thought, (and sorry Tumblr mobile users) why not just turn the entire thing into GIFs? Why not just turn EVERYTHING into GIFs? As we’re pretty busy this week we’re going to start with season one of OB, and next: THE WORLD.
But first here’s this!
I think it’s because Sansa’s a very realistic character,” Turner begins, and I choke on my glass of freshly squeezed luminous emerald essence. This, my snort is trying to say, is a character who has watched her father’s execution, faced attempted rapes and been forced to marry a lascivious drunken dwarf, played by Peter Dinklage.
"She’s relatable [too] because she’s such a realistic character,” Turner insists. “I think she’s like young girls today — they read magazines, they look at models, they’ve got social media telling them how to act. That’s who Sansa is. She’s looked at the queen, she’s looked at Margaery Tyrell, and she idolises them. All she wants is to become them. She’s like every 12-year-old girl who wants to be a celebrity — it’s the same adolescence as everyone else, but a few hundred years ago. In an alternative universe. With dragons." —
I love how sharp she is and how on point about Sansa she is but I hate that she has been forced to be this eloquent because people throw abuse at her character because she is a 12 year old girl who acts like a 12 year old girl.