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Estelle Getty, aka Sophia from The Golden Girls, has died at the age of 84 – which is about the age she was playing 20 years ago.

The Anti-Room Ladies, circa 2038

The Anti-Room Ladies, circa 2038

I loved The Golden Girls back in the day, but it wasn’t until I was a bit older that I realised what a revolutionary show it was. Over at Feministe, Jill pays tribute and reminds us why The Golden Girls mattered.

I’m a huge Golden Girls fan, and I maintain that it’s one of the best feminist shows ever created: It’s got an all-female cast; they women are all older and therefore outside of traditional beauty norms; the women have independent lives that involve men but don’t revolve around them; and the characters are funny and smart (with the possible exception of Rose, but she’s smart in her own little way). Where else have you seen a popular sitcom (or any show) that revolves around women who actually kind of look like average women, who aren’t young and fabulous and beautiful, who have interests other than finding male companionship, who put their female friendships first, and who have sex after menopause? More to the point, where can you find a TV show or movie that revolves around women like that, and those women aren’t the butt of the joke?

It’s certainly a rarity, and Golden Girls remains a bright spot in TV history. Estelle Getty was a class act.

She did good. And here’s to being Sophia when I’m old.

Damn right. So why not pay homage with this fab t-shirt?

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