"There are plenty of television characters for whom raising a child will be the most important thing they ever do. But that shouldn’t be true for all characters. If we agree that any and all options are valid, why in 2014 are babies still the default mode—and especially for our female leads? If pregnancy plots are the last best hope of an aging sitcom—that’s three pregnancies on Parks in the last calendar year, for those keeping track—it shouldn’t be so much to ask that they not be treated as the apex of an empowered woman’s development. Everything in Leslie Knope’s life to this point proved that she was more than capable of handling anything that crossed her path, up to and including triplets. But it didn’t all happen merely to prove her mettle in the face of pregnancy."

The trouble with triplets: Leslie Knope’s babies and a problematic sitcom trend · For Our Consideration · The A.V. Club
*nods head*

ashleyeleigh:

romancecanon:

Fast Women, Jennifer Crusie, 2001. Crusie is one of the best — if not *the* best — screwball romance authors.  Her books are humorous and always brimming to the top with characters… admittedly, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of who is who in some of them (a problem I have with her Faking It each time I read it).
With it’s P.I. main character, Fast Women hearkens back to great film noir.  Except this handsome P.I. has to deal with distracting divorcee Nell (who is in her late 30’s/early 40’s, an atypical age in the 20-something-dominated romance genre).
There’s crime, ditzy friends, and plenty of laughs in this book.
Other great Crusie titles:
Welcome to Temptation
Bet Me

Follow the new tumblr @elizs and I are working on why don’t ya?

You know you want to!
P.S. I was going to check Nell’s age in my copy of Fast Women last night, but I guess I loaned it out to someone. I really should keep better track of the stuff I loan out to friends…

ashleyeleigh:

romancecanon:

Fast Women, Jennifer Crusie, 2001. Crusie is one of the best — if not *the* best — screwball romance authors.  Her books are humorous and always brimming to the top with characters… admittedly, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of who is who in some of them (a problem I have with her Faking It each time I read it).

With it’s P.I. main character, Fast Women hearkens back to great film noir.  Except this handsome P.I. has to deal with distracting divorcee Nell (who is in her late 30’s/early 40’s, an atypical age in the 20-something-dominated romance genre).

There’s crime, ditzy friends, and plenty of laughs in this book.

Other great Crusie titles:

  • Welcome to Temptation
  • Bet Me

Follow the new tumblr @elizs and I are working on why don’t ya?

You know you want to!

P.S. I was going to check Nell’s age in my copy of Fast Women last night, but I guess I loaned it out to someone. I really should keep better track of the stuff I loan out to friends…

"it may also occur to you just how bad – how bad – it is that this is what we have to offer Mann and Diaz, who show themselves in these moments to be really able comic actresses: a story in which they play idiots with no interests of any kind except bickering over an utterly charmless man and then satisfying themselves that giving him explosive diarrhea and prominent nipples constitutes satisfying revenge for his having apparently robbed both of them of whatever souls and outside interests they once possessed."

'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses : Monkey See : NPR

nbcparksandrec:

Hold those candles in the air because the Unity Concert is TONIGHT!

nbcparksandrec:

Hold those candles in the air because the Unity Concert is TONIGHT!

"If you kill a person, you’re a murderer. If you steal, no one would hesitate to call you a thief. But in America, when you force yourself on someone sexually, some people will jump through flaming hoops not to call you a rapist."

From my latest at the Guardian, When you call a rape anything but rape, you are just making excuses for rapists (via jessicavalenti)

fallontonight:

Jim Gaffigan loves being a dad!

reblogged because my sis loves Jim Gaffigan.

sasheer:

Hell yeah, Amy.

WOW… Amy Schumer is dead-on with this.

(Source: ediebrit)

pulitzercenter:

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed more than 1,100 garment workers and injured 2,500 others. What has been done in that country and by the international garment industry to make the factories there safer? And how have the victims and their families been compensated?

Special correspondent and Pulitzer Center grantee Fred de Sam Lazaro returns to Bangladesh to find out.

"I would prefer the movie in which Judy Greer is the recurrent bridesmaid, however, because she would not take the crap Jane puts up with."

27 Dresses Review- Save The Date Jen Doll

"Race matters. Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities being denied access to the political process. … Race also matters because of persistent racial inequality in society — inequality that cannot be ignored and that has produced stark socioeconomic disparities. … In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination. This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination."

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dissenting opinion in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (via englishprof)