"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*

"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

"this was a spur-of-the-moment question about a controversial topic. Mr. Sorkin can’t be expected to speak for the entire film and TV industry with one improvised answer. He doesn’t even have to write female protagonists if he doesn’t want to — but he shouldn’t pretend that the reason male-driven movies get made while women’s scripts sit in a bin is because the former are of a higher quality."

Aaron Sorkin Says Scripts With Female Protagonists Aren’t Good Enough | New York Observer

freckledog:

Just got an email written to two women and one guy that started:

"Gentlemen,"

I quit the world. 

"[W]hile her attraction to and brief romance with Will were captivating parts of her process of finding an identity outside of being a mother and wife of a disgraced political figure, Alicia proceeded to evolve into a confident and ambitious attorney—and her yearning for Will and strained reconciliation with Peter became the least interesting aspects of her. The past five seasons have seen her progress from a smart but insecure first-year associate to a partner at Lockhart Gardner to the head of her own fledgling law firm. She also has strong, multifaceted ties to many other characters on the show—such as her complex relationships with Diane and Kalinda, her professional partnership and friendship with Cary, and her fierce devotion to her children. Perhaps more than any other TV protagonist, Alicia’s world is populated with vibrant people—friends and antagonists alike—who offer tremendous story potential for seasons to come."

Why That Big Twist on The Good Wife Is a Breakthrough for TV - Kirthana Ramisetti - The Atlantic

Women, Men & Food Criticism: Why the Disparity? | Squid Ink | LA Weekly

I did a little research, and of the papers and magazines I found that listed a restaurant critic on the masthead, either as a dedicated freelancer or a full-time employee, 19 were women and 43 were men. The number of male critics is more than double that of female critics.

"that’s the problem: A generation of romantic comedies rewarding men for diligently pursuing a woman until she caves has normalized a behavior that has direct and unwelcome corollaries in real life. In an era when we’re having open conversations about representation and sensitivity in comedy, the shtick of a guy who won’t take no for an answer has lost any charm it once held. It’s become either a romantic signpost to set up a long-term romantic dynamic (which it shouldn’t), or it’s shorthand to denote a clueless creep while rarely taking him to task for it."

The Full Boyle: Guys who don’t hear “no” just aren’t funny anymore · For Our Consideration · The A.V. Club

Thanks ashleyeleigh for sending this essay my way!

"What women want, she said, is a life where men are spending time with their children, where women aren’t stuck with every task."

Gloria Steinem on ‘Paycheck to Paycheck’: “We Should Be Mad As Hell” – Flavorwire