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I have lived my entire life-to-date after the example of a few (...fictional) figures from pop culture. If you are likewise addicted to television, perhaps you empathize. Un-coincidentally, I have also lived my life prizing a few very basic truths, such as: 1) there is world-altering power in a funny anecdote and 2) to quote Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous: "the only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else ... Read More
Straight outta Bushwick, two up and coming lady comics have started another great new web-series. I'm talking about the satirical #Girlsplaining Sports, starring Kirin McCrory and Gemma Kaneko as two would-be sports news anchors. Only instead of sitting around a table saying ridiculous things about actual games, these two select “sports topics” from a mug of viewer suggestions and take thirty seconds to comment on the news item/practice/trend...in girl ... Read More
With the event of increasingly female-centric TV programs like Broad City and Girls, more often than usual we find ourselves yelling passionately at the screen, "Yes! Yes! That's exactly how it is!" That's the power of representation, and the reason it matters. Individuals who never feel kinship with what they see in media can wind up with a nasty sense of isolation. Seeing people with whom I can identify represented on TV makes me feel more comfortable with ... Read More
In case you didn’t know, we are currently in the middle of International Anti-Street Harassment Week. (Hooray!) However, there’s nothing more sobering than seeing an incredibly misogynistic catcalling advertisement promoting…chocolate candy? Snickers decided it was a good idea to hire actors to play construction workers to yell “loud empowering statements” at women on the street. But, watch the women’s reactions. Very few of ... Read More
Add this to your WTF files for today: Media Watchdog group Feminists United for Gender Equity in the Media (FUGEM) is demanding that HBO and Lena Dunham change the name of their popular show about 20-something females from GIRLS to WOMEN. "I think it's shameful," group co-chair Amy Wassernam states in a recent press release concerning the action. "Our generation fought long and hard to convince society to stop calling full-grown women 'girls,' but this younger ... Read More
I might be one of the few millennials still paying for cable instead of Hulu-ing all my faves, but if you are a part of my so yesterday cable club, you might have also noticed that smart girls seem to be appearing in commercials with increasing frequency. I noticed this trend after seeing this commercial for Coffee-mate creamer. This little lady shames  a grown-ass man. 1. Coffee-mate Girl Scout Creamer Commercial 2. GoldieBlox ... Read More
  At 2013’s Denver Comic Con, a young lady dared to ask a very important question of Wil Wheaton, star of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory: “When you were a kid, were you called a nerd, and if so, how did you deal with it? And his answer was perfect.    Without an ounce of condescension, he addressed to difficult topic with grace and compassion. It’s too rare that we’re reminded that as children and as ... Read More
 Are you having a particularly grumpy Thursday? Has the wrath of the polar vortex (are we still even in it?) finally pushed you to your limit? Allow me to console your wind-burned faces with a little comedy, courtesy of Hari Kondabolu. This video is not particularly new, but a little bit of Kondabolu never hurt anyone. Seriously. He’s one of the only comedians I’ve experienced that doesn’t rely on typical tropes to write his jokes, and ... Read More
Mika Brzezinski, co-host of the MSNBC show Morning Joe, tries to share a voice of reason about the media's over- stretching of the missing Malaysian flight, but is continually thwarted by co- host and general jerk, Joe Scarborough.  In the clip, while Brzezinski is visibly annoyed at Scarborough’s newest speculation that the plane could be somewhere other than the Indian Ocean,  she waits her turn to state her opinion that it is time for a topic ... Read More
First it turns out Ellie from UP is a real person, and now so is Whoopi Goldberg's character from Sister Act. We all saw what happened when a frumpy lady was shockingly revealed to have skills not intrinsically related to her looks in 2009, when Susan Boyle took to the stage of Britain's Got Talent. She wasn't even wearing a habit and managed to draw tears from normally bloodthirsty judges. The results are even more thrilling when the whole thing's in ... Read More
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