Liz Lemon's Feminism, 10 Years Later
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Ten years ago, Liz Lemon, a character created and played by Tina Fey, shuffled onto our screens in the first episode of “30 Rock.”
Liz Lemon was a “bad feminist.” That’s what made her so compelling. In the 2006 television comedy landscape that lacked for an abundance of truly vibrant female leads, she was an entirely new breed. She was the head writer of the fictional sketch show “TGS.” She was a “boss,” though unabashedly un-bosslike. She was neurotic, ungraceful, ornery and deliberately flawed.
With Tina Fey’s distinct brand of absurdist and ironic humor, “30 Rock” often challenged stereotypes about women by either parodying them to the extreme (in the case of Jenna Maroney, played by Jane Krakowski) or subverting them with Lemon’s character herself.
Lemon was the Mary Tyler Moore for a new age: single and not wild about it but also far more happy eating a sandwich than going on a date. By the end of the series in 2013, she “has it all” on her own terms ― a loving husban
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