"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!


Nobody’s going to save you.
No one’s going to cut you down,
cut the thorns around you.
No one’s going to storm
the castle walls nor
kiss awake your birth,
climb down your hair,
nor mount you
on the white steed.

There is no one who
will feed the yearning.
Face it. You will have
to do, do it yourself.

—Gloria Anzaldúa, “Letting Go”

"Remaking journalism in its own image, only with better hair and tighter clothes, is not a revolution, or even an evolution. It is a repackaging of the status quo with a very nice clubhouse attached. A revolution calls for a regime change of more significant depth."

Journalism startups aren’t a revolution if they’re filled with all these white men | Emily Bell | Comment is free | theguardian.com


It’s that time of year again …


It’s that time of year again …

"I was born with a reading list I will never finish."

Maud Casey (via wordpainting)

my life.

(via englishprof)

"People are hungry for different stuff, and this summer Hollywood kept feeding them the same movie over and over."

Just how bad was the summer movie season? / The Dissolve