That’s one of the things you learn. Unfortunately, if you’re a woman, there are some things that people don’t want to see. There’s a sense of protecting the female character that I hadn’t really anticipated. Some of that is bullshit, and we need to stretch what we expect our female characters to do. But you want the lead character who’s a doctor, who’s going to find romance, to be someone you respect and who does noble acts. We all come from comedy cred, and we have that side of us where we think, “Oh, we should just do edgy stuff.” But at its heart it’s not that kind of show. So the character has evolved a little bit. — Mindy Kaling on why she’s changing her character in season 2 of The Mindy Project to make her more likeable. Which sort of kills me.
Publishing a collection of bright girly things that will go well with your magenta smartphone, under the heading "Feminine Mystique," seems like something that’s "Not Smart in 2013." Motorola’s advertising squad is apparently unconvinced that women are buying iPhones in large numbers without factoring in what hair ties will go well with them. — Motorola: Girls Will Love Our New Smartphone!
Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society. —
PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton: Rush Limbaugh’s 25 most outrageous moments in 25 years on the radio — MSNBC
That’s exactly why I’m a feminist, Rush!
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Given the recent conversations over race and discrimination, I thought that this—from earlier this year—was worth republishing.
Earlier this week, I sold my old TV to a friend. But late last night was the only time I had to take it to her house. Since the TV is light, and she lives in the…
Her friends went through changes, too, often upon being confronted with their worst flaws—Charlotte’s superficiality, Miranda’s caustic tongue, Samantha’s refusal to be vulnerable. In a departure from nearly all earlier half-hour comedies, the writers fully embraced the richness of serial storytelling. In a movie we go from glare to kiss in two hours. “Sex and the City” was liberated from closure, turning “once upon a time” into a wry mantra, treating its characters’ struggles with a rare mixture of bluntness and compassion. It was one of the first television comedies to let its characters change in serious ways, several years before other half-hour comedies, like “The Office,” went and stole all the credit.
So why is the show so often portrayed as a set of empty, static cartoons, an embarrassment to womankind? It’s a classic misunderstanding, I think, stemming from an unexamined hierarchy: the assumption that anything stylized (or formulaic, or pleasurable, or funny, or feminine, or explicit about sex rather than about violence, or made collaboratively) must be inferior. Certainly, the show’s formula was strict: usually four plots—two deep, two shallow—linked by Carrie’s voice-over. The B plots generally involved one of the non-Carrie women getting laid; these slapstick sequences were crucial to the show’s rude rhythms, interjecting energy and rupturing anything sentimental. (It’s one reason those bowdlerized reruns on E! are such a crime: with the literal and figurative fucks edited out, the show is a rom-com.) — Emily Nussbaum: How “Sex and the City” Lost Its Good Name : The New Yorker
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Does this shirt make me look threatening?
On a typical day I wake up, look through my closet and try to select an outfit that looks good but also won’t make me look like a “thug.” If I dress a little nicer, I think, maybe today people won’t avoid me on the street today or clutch their purses…
I am Not a White Person. This means I am a walking version of this fun little game called “What Kind of Not White Person Are You?” Here’s how it goes: I introduce myself to you at a party or some such social gathering. You introduce yourself as well. In an attempt to get to know me better, or maybe just keep the conversation going, you want to know exactly how I am a Not a White Person. Which is totally fine at the right time and place, because I love gabbing on about my immigrant parents and how much I love mango pickle. It’s all good fun in post-racial America, like wearing a red, white, and blue dashiki on the fourth of July (who knew you could don a dashiki and be patriotic at the same damn time?!) But the majority of the time I play this game, supposedly well-intentioned people curious about my brownness go about asking it in the wrong way. No, not the wrong way- the ASSHOLE way. I get it, really. You grew up in a suburb of Indianapolis and no one ever taught you how to not be an asshole. That’s actually my life story, too, but you can’t always throw Indianapolis under the bus as your excuse for being ignorant. — How to Ask Someone About Their Ethnicity Without Being an Asshole
FYI: Yoga Jones from “Orange is the New Black” is Patti Mayonnaise from “Doug.”
I knew I recognized that voice from somewhere…