Sunday, March 28, 2010

I heart Parks and Recreation, too!

WEEKEND ARTS SECTION: Dear Leslie Knope of TV’s "Parks and Recreation,", by Sady, Feministe.

[ . . . ]

I don’t know what sealed the deal, but I strongly suspect it was the episode “Galentine’s Day,” where I figured out that you were probably the most likable lady character I had seen on TV in a long time. “Galentine’s Day” is, in addition to being the title of the episode, your name for how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Leslie. It is an occasion on which you have breakfast with every lady you know and like — there are a lot of ladies you know and like, apparently! That is a full table — and you celebrate your mutual friendship and ladyhood with gifts, including “a personalized 5,000-word essay on why you are all so awesome,” written by you personally.

It is like the best! I mean, I can’t even count the number of times Parks and Recreation has shown ladies hanging out and relating — ladies talk about a lot of shit with each other on this show, things like politics and career and whether or not possums are hideous unearthly monsters that lay eggs — but this was just a really great moment, of a feminist lady on a TV show expressing, in a genuine and believable way, how much she likes and values and enjoys spending time with other ladies. And the greatest thing? That moment was not shown as inherently ridiculous, or stupid, or alienating, or wrong.

I mean, it’s a little ridiculous, of course. That’s why it’s funny. “Ladies celebratin’ ladies,” you say into the camera, with that big goofy wide-open smile on your face, like in such terrible earnest you are conveying the idea of lady-celebrating and it makes you so super-happy. It’s always funny to see people believe in things whole-heartedly without trying to be cool about it; it makes them vulnerable and goofy, like children. And, like, the name of the celebration is “Galentine’s Day,” which is the dorkiest. You are the dorkiest, Leslie: Sunny and awkward and naive and oh so very Midwestern. “It’s like Lilith Fair. Without all the angst,” is your follow-up line. Like Lilith Fair is the most XTreme Rock XPerience you could ever have. It’s so great.

You invited your Mom, Leslie. You. Invited. Your Mom. To the Galentine’s Day party. You do it every year! And it is just the sweetest thing. Ladies celebratin’ ladies. Why don’t more people do this? I think they should.

[ . . . ]

So do I! We should all celebrate ladies, especially other ladies. That's what Women's History Month is supposed to be about.

How are you readers celebrating women in a positive way?


Monday, March 22, 2010

"Oh. That's what's supposed to happen."


Running on the beach.

Twirling in slow motion.

That's an accurate representation of my period.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

"I'm on a horse."

I want an oyster with two tickets to that thing I love.


"Hey, what did you think of the movie Julie and Julia?"
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Does anyone still like Coldplay, much less wear a Coldplay t-shirt? Unironically, that is.

Also, I don't watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but I do watch Mad Men. Uh oh . . .
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I come from a "predominantly black family", too! But I have seen Sideways. Uh oh . . .


Friday, March 12, 2010

"I know. She doesn't even work."

If you watched the rest of the episode, and the preview for next week, she needs to have a talk with her husband.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

A baby paradox

Minority births on track to outnumber white births, by Hope Yen, AP via Yahoo! News.

Minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years.

In fact, demographers say this year could be the "tipping point" when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.

The numbers are growing because immigration to the U.S. has boosted the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years. Minorities made up 48 percent of U.S. children born in 2008, the latest census estimates available, compared to 37 percent in 1990.

"Census projections suggest America may become a minority-majority country by the middle of the century. For America's children, the future is now," said Kenneth Johnson, a sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire who researched many of the racial trends in a paper being released Wednesday.

Johnson explained there are now more Hispanic women of prime childbearing age who tend to have more children than women of other races. More white women are waiting until they are older to have children, but it is not yet known whether that will have a noticeable effect on the current trend of increasing minority newborns.

[ . . . ]

Whites currently make up two-thirds of the total U.S. population, and recent census estimates suggest the number of minorities may not overtake the number of whites until 2050.

First of all, if there are going to be more nonwhite people in a country than white people, it is becoming increasingly illogical to call nonwhite people "minorities." I have never liked calling people minorities, because most "minority" people aren't a minority in the world. There are 1 and 1/2 continents full of Latino people, 1 continent full of black people, and a ginormous continent full of Asian people. Yet they are "minorities". Hmm.

Second, this phenomenon of minorities overtaking white people (?) is primarily attributed to "immigration" boosting "the number of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years" "who tend to have more children than women of other races." Oh my.

a) Not all Hispanic people immigrated here. Some Hispanic people were actually born here. So were their ancestors.

b) Some Hispanic people are white. Who knew? I think these people knew. These people, too!

Third, another assumption in the article is that white women give birth to white babies, Hispanic women give birth to Hispanic babies, Asian women give birth to Asian babies and so on. But what about Native American and Middle Eastern babies in the US? What about Kendra's baby? What about Nicole Richie and her unfortunately named babies?

Fourth, I'm of childbearing age, yet where are the 2.13 children that I am supposedly having? How can I contribute to the upheaval of American society?


Saturday, March 06, 2010

"This was the best season of The Bachelor ever."

"Best = most recent"

Either way, I don't watch the show. But the clips on The Dish and on The Soup = hilarity.


"This year's Dottie English Whatever award"

"I still think awards are stupid. But they'd be less stupid if they went to the right people."


Friday, March 05, 2010

"A freaking lesbian mintrel show."

That accurately describes this week's episode of Law & Order: SVU featuring Kathy Griffin as lesbian-turned-bisexual activist. I had been looking forward to seeing Kathy Griffin in something, to hold me over until My Life on the D-List returns to Bravo this summer. However, this was a hilarious disappointment. "P.C." was full of stereotypes, and portrayed lesbians as angry, loud, violent women, who hate bisexuals and can be turned by the love of a good man brandishing a tire iron.

For further discussion please see "Law & Order: SVU" mini-cap: "P.C.", by Hornito on

This episode was almost as bad as Wentworth Miller's appearance in the SVU season premiere last September:

Ha ha ha! "I am trying to help you here!" Oh, Wentworth.


Monday, March 01, 2010

Taking advice from an 11-year-old.

Egypt should give counsel to the other women on the show, too. She makes sense.