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The Hillary Clinton TV fictions: women and power – Madam Secretary

As I wrote in the first part of this series of posts,

Women who have political power are to some extent undermined by dominant attitudes about characteristics and values associated with male and female behaviour.  There is a fine balance that needs to be negotiated by women in, or seeking, the highest and most powerful political roles and leadership….

TV dramas inspired by Hillary Clinton’s public life have been achieving some renewed significance at a time when many are expecting her to make a second run for the US presidency.

The last post focused on The Good Wife, which was partly inspired by Hillary and Bill Clinton’s relationship, and is now looking to veer towards Hillary’s more political activities. Another such Hillary Clinton inspired dramas is Madam Secretary.

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The Hillary Clinton TV fictions: women and power – The Good Wife

Women who have political power are in an ambivalent position.  Their power is to some extent undermined by dominant attitudes about characteristics and values associated with male and female behaviour.  There is a fine balance that needs to be negotiated by women in, or seeking, the highest and most powerful political roles and leadership. Previously I have posted on some of these contradictory forces with respect to recent coverage of issues related to NZ Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei: those to do with leadership, and issues to do with economics, finance and state intelligence services.

TV dramas inspired by Hillary Clinton’s public life have been achieving some renewed significance at a time when many are expecting her to make a second run for the US presidency. Some of these representations are showing on NZ TV screens, and thus likely to have have some influence on political and gender attitudes in this country. One of these programmes is The Good Wife.

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Eleanor Catton for democracy & writers speaking out

Author Eleanor Catton speaks about her deeply held beliefs as she travels to world. And she has discovered that in her home country, New Zealand, the right wing government, and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media, do not like it when their government and its values are criticised.

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Auckland’s St James: the living past

I was very pleased to read that Auckland’s St James’ Theatre is to be restored.  It was a long heritage, and was a strong presence in my younger days as I came of age in a suburb of Auckland.

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St James Theatre in its “heyday”: From Stuff

Politically and culturally, the St James has had a checkered history, mirroring many of the changes in the city, country and world.

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Honest politics: poverty an’ a’ that

After a week when Scotland failed to regain it’s Independence, and the politics of deception triumphed in the NZ general elections, there is a pressing need to develop a stronger and more honest politics: one that will work for all the people, especially those struggling with least. It’s not just something that’s needed in NZ.  The politics of deception is aided by powerful transnational corporations, and national government in powerful countries, and it just did not arise over night.

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We the people: disappointment & renewal

It’s difficult times, grappling with a major defeat to NZ’s political left.  It’s a time for reflection, and drawing on some personal capabilities and strengths.  This is aided when we have strong connections with family, friends and community.  Various forms of communication, creativity and cultural practices are a major way we draw on these internal strengths and our connections with others, our environment, and the world around us.

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