Using the first 3 episodes of the Mohawk Girls TV series, discuss how the show expresses and approaches issues of gender, race and sexuality. How does the show encourages “tele-participation” among its fans in a post-network era?

To discuss how the first three episodes of Mohawk Girls expresses and approaches issues of gender, race, and sexuality, consider how the show portrays Bailey’s Europe trip, Caitlin’s body type, and the assertive sex lives of the female characters in general.

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To discuss how the first three episodes of Mohawk Girls expresses and approaches gender, race, and sexuality, review these episodes and look for places that parallel the applicable issues.

Bailey’s European trip deals with themes of race. She’s excoriated for patronizing a culture that has had such a generally harmful impact on her own. Additionally, the Europe scene could connect to gender. One might argue that the person who scolds Bailey for visiting Europe feels entitled to lecture her because he’s a man and she’s a woman. It might be insightful to think about how this interaction links to the idea of mansplaining.

In the first three episodes, the female characters express confidence in asserting their sexuality and have sex with an array of partners. Consider how the relatively robust sex lives of the females characters relates to issues of slut shaming.

With Caitlin, one could bring up the topic of beauty standards and body positivity, as Caitlin’s body is relatively bigger than the bodies of the other female characters on the show.

As for the notion of “tele-participation,” check out YouTube. See if there’s any fan videos or, perhaps, content from the show's actors that speak directly to fans and makes them feel like they’re a part of the show’s creative process. One could also go on a different social media channel, like Twitter, and see how well they engender participation there.

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