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"Outlander" has blown up a lot of the received ideas about sex on television — how it’s shot, who it’s for, who it’s made by and who it’s about. The show’s Sept. 20 episode, in which the two lead characters get married and, well, have a lot of sex, was nothing short of revolutionary in its depiction of nudity and intimacy, and in its willingness to entertain the female point of view.

I’m not saying other shows haven’t done compelling and interesting things with sex on occasion, or even on a regular basis. As Emily Nussbaum tweeted the other day, “we are living in a dirty honest TV wonderland.” I agree, and this development is tremendously exciting.

It’s a distinct relief that “Outlander” is not alone. We’ve now seen two full seasons of the twisted power dynamics that inform those strange, intense hotel-room encounters in “Masters of Sex.” “Girls,” obviously, has an honest treatment of sex as one of its main goals, and Jill Soloway, partly inspired by Lena Dunham, just unleashed “Transparent,” a fantastically complex depiction of all kinds of desires. Thanks in part to streaming options and an expanding array of adventurous creators and networks, shows with sexually unapologetic women suddenly seem to be all over the place: “The Fall,” “The Good Wife,” “The Americans,” “Orphan Black,” “New Girl,” “You’re the Worst” and “Orange Is the New Black” are all part of a seemingly unstoppable wave of shows that treat the sexual activities of their leading ladies with refreshing matter-of-factness and genuine interest.

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Not that the women on shows mentioned above have easy lives or enjoy universal acceptance — they sometimes face consequences when their desires run counter to prevailing wisdom or their goals bump up against existing power structures. Like all women everywhere, in any era, they are not exempt from the possibilities of violence and assault.

But these women are not depicted as wrong or misguided for wanting and liking sex and pursuing all kinds of intimacy (and sometimes stopping at friendship, a la Abbie Mills on “Sleepy Hollow”). Many of these women are, if anything, quietly celebrated by the show’s writers for being assertive, intelligent and unconventional. Unlike many of the mainstream shows and movies I grew up with, where the women who liked and sought sex were often punished in some way, I don’t detect in this new wave of programs an unconscious or semi-conscious desire on the part of the storytellers to bring these women down a few pegs — or kill them off — for being independent and unrepentant about their desires.

This is new. This shift occurring on this many notable shows is new. But “Outlander” has taken this welcome trend a step further.

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  Maureen Rayan, 'Outlander,' The Wedding Episode And TV's Sexual Revolution. (via patsan)

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Hey Guys, it’s Kat and I’m here to talk to you about BLACK FACE.

In light of recent controversies, the YouTube community has taken to calling out problematic youtubers. I’m a huge fan of…

I am not, in any way, trying to make this about me (as the “not all men/white people” types do). I am not trying to make a strawman, or in anyway derail, disregard, or mock the very fine, very educational essay I am reblogging. I am asking the following question because I am genuinely curious as to what the proper course of action would be, what would be respectful and acceptable. And I’m asking on a reblog, because I think the people who’ve reblogged this would have valuable insight and opinions on this.

I am white. My exact ethnicity may be debatable, but my skin is white. There are a number of black characters that would be fun to cosplay. Hell, lets say I want to show how much I like Falcon from The Winter Soldier, because he’s awesome.

What is the appropriate way to cosplay someone from another race, especially when you are a white cosplayer wanting to cosplay a black character? Would an accurate, not-characaturized makeup job be acceptable?

You wear the costume and not the ethnicity/culture/race. 

It is really fucking simple Look at the blog cosplayingwhileblack none of them did yellowface when cosplaying Japanese characters