This 2014 clip from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart features correspondent Jessica Williams exploring and parodying media and public discourse about whether or not sexism, sexual inequality, and street harassment are still alive. Williams satirically explores different ways to walk down the street and past construction sites on the way to work, interviews a group of women who have all experienced street harassment in NYC, and tries to map out areas where it is safe to avoid street harassment in New York. The clip also includes segments from various news and talk shows with men and women either dismissing sexual inequality or street harassment as a problem, suggesting that there is nothing to be done because boys will be boys, or blaming women for their clothing choices, as well as Williams’ responses to these claims.
This 2014 clip from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart features Jessica Williams and Jon Stewart exploring sexism in the form of a satirical news report on slow-claps, catcalls, and other forms of sexist interpersonal interactions. Jessica Williams talks about the male gaze, unsolicited comments, and explains the conundrum women are often in when deciding how to respond to unwelcomed sexist comments or street harassment, using the example that if a woman does not respond with a smile to an interaction with a man, she may be told to smile, and if she ignores him or asks to be left alone, she may be called a bitch or worse. Williams explains that women walking down the street to work are not for men to comment on, and ends with a strong suggestion for harassers to work on their impulse control.
This video features several clips from the television series “The Good Wife,” a CBS legal drama that premiered in 2009. The series focuses on the life of Alicia Florrick, played by Juliana Marguilies, whose husband has been jailed following a very public sex and corruption scandal. Alicia returns to her old job as a lawyer after a 12 year absence in which she worked as a stay-at-home mom. The clips featured here focus on interactions between women who discuss the specific challenges they face in the workplace.
This promo describes the reality television series "The Real L Word", which premiered on the Showtime network in 2010. The show follows a "group of real-life Los Angeles lesbians as they go about their daily lives, at work and play." This clip focuses on Jil, a writer who describes herself as a “family girl”. The clip involves Jill telling the story of how she met her partner and their plans for marriage.
Despite receiving modest ratings, HBO's The Wire (2002-2008) is considered one of the greatest TV dramas of all time, recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life and deep exploration of sociopolitical themes. This scene from its first season shows low-level drug dealers D'Angelo, Poot, and Wallace having a conversation while waiting for drug buyers in the housing projects of inner-city Baltimore.