The truth is that everybody’s sexuality is pretty fluid, but only men’s sexuality matters enough to have that fact beaten out of them on a daily basis throughout their lives, to the point where most people think revulsion at homosexuality is a perfectly natural, if maybe regrettable, part of being a person. Women can do whatever they want when they’re alone because everyone’s life is a performance for men. If a tree performs cunnilingus in the woods and nobody important’s there to hear it, was the patriarchy really threatened? No, and it would just make ‘em horny anyway. It’s called a win-win.
- Jacob Clifton, Mistresses 1x4 “A Kiss is Just a Kiss” Weecap
Women Will Be Scrutinized
The attitude about Portia de Rossi’s appearance in Season 4 has been generally incredibly disappointing. Shocking as it is that women age over the course of seven years, the comments about de Rossi’s weight loss and apparent plastic surgery have crossed the line from observational to downright disgusting. There’s also a very real possibility that Lindsay Bluth wasmade up to look gaunt and over-worked, which would be very possible in the dark Arrested Development universe, especially when you consider that there were several subtle jokes made about Linsday’s plastic surgery and tiny frame. Lest the unlikely fact that Mitch Hurwitz is taking advantage of de Rossi’s open struggle with anorexia and therefore exploiting her for the sake of cheap laughs (and even then, she is a grown woman who can make her own life choices about what she participates in), it’s really pathetic to furiously Google “Portia de Rossi before after photos” or create hashtags about it on Twitter. If you disagree, may Ellen find you and dance on your grave.
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I sometime have a hard time critiquing Parenthood in a fair way because the Bravermans’ politics and beliefs are directly in line with mine. I’m sure a lot of people watched this episode and felt disappointed that it was so relatively cavalier about abortion (assuming Amy actually did get one), but as a liberal feminist (like I needed to tell you that), I thought the trips to Planned Parenthood, the open dialogue and the writers allowing this to be Amy’s choice over Drew’s were subtle and powerful, and only slightly derailed by Amy’s dad being a dead ringer to Kenny Bania.
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I did not like Bridesmaids — but that might have been my own fault. I went into 2011’s big summer hit comedy with extraordinarily high expectations that because it was a movie that starred funny women it wouldn’t rely on female competition as a comedic vehicle for the entire duration of the film, nor would it be set on giving Kirsten Wiig a love interest to solidify her happiness… obviously, I was way off. I had a similar reaction after watching the Girls pilot (which I documented to great lengths); yes, it is a comedy series created by, written by and starring mostly young women, but damn it, why do they all have to be so miserable (not to mention grating)? I just wanted to have my brand of feminism’s cake and eat it too, and that’s where For a Good Time, Call… comes in.
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Stan: “I just feel really bad, for punching my child in the face.”
Terry: “Don’t ‘beat yourself up’ over it. You’re still a gay bear sex god.”
Stan: “I just wish I understood why Tommy’s acting up! I mean, his sister was brutally and infamously murdered, and then I got like ten people killed for no reason, and then his horrible mother disappeared, and then a prostitute — no disrespect — moved in and then out again, and I punched him in the face even though he’s a little kid. I mean, I’m just mystified.”
Terry: “Well, speaking as the only well-adjusted sex worker in the entire world, that we all pretend is real but is really just a hypothetical feminist unicorn we want to exist and one day maybe will, maybe I can just tell you what the problem is.”
- Jacob Clifton, who goes on to give some truly excellent feminist criticism, The Killing 2-10 “72 Hours” Weecap
It’s interesting — Peggy’s taking an unconventional path, and her mother’s punishing her for it, while Megan’s choice — finding a rich husband — is certainly more common for a woman back then, but she’s also being condemned for it.
- Couch Baron, pointing out the frustrating truth, Mad Men 5-7 “At the Codfish Ball” Recap
In the end, Dan tells her what it was like watching Gossip Girl in the good old days, when Blair Waldorf used to be awesome, and she agrees that she’s been, by comparison, pretty sickening this season. Not sure what Dan can do about it, exactly, but by now we all know Blair — like all women, really — deserves and requires the help of a man in discovering things about herself such as a basic personality.
- Jacob Clifton, Gossip Girl 5-21 “Despicable B” Recaplet