The Bloody Horror TV Show

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It's a Renaissance. It's a Movement.

I recall watching tampon adverts in the ‘80’s with their little test tube of blue liquid and being confused that I could see blood and more on the film Scarface, but when it came to determining the efficacy of a highly important product, I had to trust the clinical imagery crafted by (m)ad men in the ‘60’s.

But menstruation also has received airtime through the scripts often crafted by the non-bleeding denizens of frat houses, basement improv troupes, and the big corner offices of the places that pump out both your entertainment and your news, thus controlling narratives that do NOT apply to them.

But there are some fantastic programmes that have entertained and inspired over the years… here we start our series, The Bloody Horror Picture Show to compile those that should be dissected and discussed.

Menstruation, how’s that working out for ya? So you’re bleeding. Does everyone need to know about it? Do you want them to know? Discuss.

The Nanny: Season 2, Episode 20

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The Nanny has always been a special show for me as it’s THE one show that my grandmother would actually watch with me (a bonus that it was aired on the channel geared for her demographic).

Now when I re-watch the series, it hits as nostalgic and somehow still perfectly relevant. The show was rife with menstruation jokes but most importantly, it showcased generational trauma that women suffer in the most witty manner.

However, my grandmother passed away some years ago without us ever getting the opportunity to discuss our common ground with regards to our health.

I’m convinced that if my grandmother’s generation had been comfortable having more gynecological conversations, her uterus could have caused her less torment later in life – and perhaps I would have been given the cheat codes to handle my own issues when they arose.

Sadly, our generation now has to push and scream and shout to be researched, to be heard, and to be healed.

**The Nanny Show is currently streaming on Prime Video at the release of this blog post.**

The Nanny: Season 3, Episode 11

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One of the most powerful aspects of The Nanny was its portrayal of the generational divide between women. Fran’s mother, Sylvia, represented the old-school mentality of women needing to find a man to take care of them, whereas Fran was determined to make it on her own.

But through the witty banter and sitcom tropes, The Nanny tackled important issues such as mental health, body image, and the importance of family.

It was a show that broke barriers and paved the way for future female-led comedies.

The character of Fran Fine, played by Fran Drescher, was the perfect embodiment of a strong, independent woman who was unapologetically herself. She defied societal norms and expectations of how women should behave and dress, and instead forged her own path. Sounds like many of you I know 😉

I find it ironic that during my recovery period for my hysterectomy, I was rewatching The Nanny as Fran Drescher herself was leading the charge to end the Hollywood strikes.

Now while this is not a conflict that seems relevant to others I found an appreciation for the symbolism of the movement. Fran, elected the President of the actors union would arrive at negotiations with stuffed toys, meditative comments, and a steely reserve that could only come from a badass woman.

While many men in the room may have jeered at her approach, we all saw the outcome. While Ms Drescher is no stranger to battles, she has overcome uterine cancer having had a hysterectomy and becoming an advocate in the gynaecological space.

Having just had my uterus removed, I can say first-hand it unlocks a new level of superpower: I realise how strong I already was, and how much stronger I am now – like being on a weird even playing field with men.

No longer can the punchline be “What, are you on your period?”; now I will tell you to imagine that I simply carry my “balls” in my handbag.

2 Broke Girls: Season 1, Episode 10

(Link to the full episode inside the Review)

The TV show “Two Broke Girls” has been applauded for its boldness in tackling taboo topics, particularly those related to women’s health.

In episode 1.10, the show discusses the stigmatisation of menstruation as one of the characters remarks on the unusual nature of a Christmas costume of a colleague who had recently had her period.

In the same episode, the show also highlights how common hysterectomies are by having one of the characters reveal that she had the procedure during her lunch break and was back at her desk just two hours later.

I, on the other hand, took my full 6 weeks as I was urged.

Watch the episode here (start at 2:22).

2 Broke Girls: Season 1, Episode 13

(Link to the full episode inside the Review)

In episode 1.13, Max takes on the issue of inflated tampon prices by starting to hand them out to customers at the diner.

The show’s portrayal of this issue helps to raise awareness and encourage a conversation about the high cost of feminine hygiene products. Although the owner is uncomfortable with the topic, Max is determined to bring attention to the issue.

By tackling topics like menstruation, menopause, and the cost of feminine hygiene products head-on, “Two Broke Girls” has helped to break down barriers and make these issues more visible and less stigmatised in popular culture.

The show’s approach to these topics is both informative and refreshing, and it sets a positive example for other TV shows to follow.

We see you, Whitney Cummings, and we salute and thank you! Watch the episode by clicking here (start at 1:00).

The Nanny: Season 4, Episode 25

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This past fall Fran Drescher, a fellow rebel who also elected to get a hysterectomy when it suited them, got the creative industry back to work with only the wit and willpower that comes from a person who bleeds or has bled.  In December, a planned art/design pilgrimmage to Miami with my family was cancelled due to unexpected pain from my hysterectomy exactly two months after the surgery was completed.

In a weird twist, it was much better to have not gone as for one, I would have had to go to Florida (maaaajor eyeroll for obvious reasons) and two, I would not have found the inspiration for our next phase in presenting our renaissance.

So instead of traveling to Miami to see great art presented through platforms on feminist issues we have compiled a list of other venues where I will be travelling to check out the greats: Judy Chicago in New York, Nan Goldin in Amsterdam, Tracey Emin in London, etc. Follow the trail here.

Dear White People V3, Episode 4

Available only on Netflix at this time 🙁

In this episode, the university newspaper creates a cartoon depicting all congresswomen periods syncing and going on murder rampage in the chambers. The only female staffer asks if the joke is simply women “be crazy”?  She is rebuffed that the joke lies in the fact that the women were organised in their murderous spree.

Meanwhile in 2024, the UK government has finally decided to pass legislation abandoning VAT on period pants (underwear). Listening to the scores of women both in and out of the chambers who made it clear to the men involved this is as serious as having to pay double for your precious Viagra and Cialis. What a difference this perspective makes?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/01/01/period-pants-campaigners-hail-victory-as-vat-is-scrapped

Drunk History, The Greenbrier Ghost, Season 6 episode 9

(Link to the full episode in the Review. You will need a Facebook account to watch)

Drunk History, The Greenbrier Ghost, Season 6 episode 9 presented the story of a women’s death in 1897 in West Virginia. The cause of death was dismissed as “female troubles”.

In media, menstrual issues are often regarded as female hysteria. Sometimes the jokes land, but most of the time they do not go down so well.

The portrayal of menstrual issues as “female hysteria” in media is not only inaccurate but also perpetuates harmful stereotypes.

Watch the full episode on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drunkhistorytv/videos/the-greenbrier-ghost/2238439589801232/ 

Park and Recreation Season 5 Episode 11

(Link to the full episode inside the Review)

On the episode of Parks and Recreation, the first female City Council member recounted the history of the government.

“All the other councilmen used to keep a calendar of our menstrual cycles. I once tried to start a commission to try to get more jobs for women in city government, and they dismissed me, saying that it was because it was just my time of the month. Admittedly, they were right…. because of the calendar.”

Imagine that, you’re kicking ass at work – someone wants you out and they use your biological issues against you. We are all witnessing it happen, this clip is just funnier.

Watch the full episode here: https://getyarn.io/video/cd3def39-57ba-48d1-a940-2e52e83339bf 

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