A friend of mine gave me the heads up to what we thought was a new way to market “skinny”: Skinny Vodka. Continue reading The “Skinny” on Skinny Vodka
Every show has one… the token minority character. Tokenism, as we’re all aware, is wildly problematic. Continue reading Representing the Underrepresented: How I Met Your Mother and Performative Contradictions
Everyone knows why Jerry from Parks and Recreation is terrorized by the rest of the staff. He’s clumsy, overweight, and is inevitably in the wrong place at the wrong time, allowing his coworkers to ceaselessly come up with new ways to torment him. But, frankly, other characters are equally clumsy (Andy), overweight (Donna), and fit the role of comic paradigms (Andy, for example, embodies slapstick, complimenting Jerry’s representation of crude humor)… So, what’s the real reason why the staff aligns behind the phrase, “Screw you, Jerry!”? I think the answer may be the juxtaposition the entire show rides on….
My friends joke that I talk about Scrubs as if I have a writer’s credit. Really, though, I’m much more like Abed in Community, television is my reference point and Scrubs happens to be the imagery that most frequents my Rolodex. I could write the book on Scrubs; actually, I have every intention of doing so.
Firstly, it is entirely Selena’s fault that everything currently occurs to me in the metaphor of a zombie apocalypse. Continue reading Why Moving Cross-Country is Like the Zombie Apocalypse
My interest in reviewing documentaries for you beautiful, naÃ¯ve, sophisticated new-born babies is primarily to break up the notion that documentaries are like those after-dinner History Channel specials (why don’t they just call it the “WWII and Nostradamus Conspiracy Channel?”). Not only for you, but, uhm, for myself. Continue reading Movie Reviews: Busting Out
I love companies like Living Social and Groupon. For a lot of reasons really, but primarily because 1) I, too, am allergic to paying full price, 2) they encourage me to travel to new parts of the city where I otherwise would have no reason to go, and 3) they offer me opportunities that without discount I couldn’t afford. One of such opportunities was a three-hour workshop at an artist’s gym in Brooklyn. Continue reading We Try It!: Art Workshop (as a non-Artist)
I like to curse”¦ a lot. And I like to be as creative with spellings as I am with uses (fuck can be used in a surprisingly diverse number of ways). As a feminist, though, I’m constantly considering linguistic histories of the words that I use. With regard to cursing, I think things like, “What’s the male equivalent of ‘bitch’? Is there one? Of ‘pussy’? Is it OK to use these words? In what context?” Sure, you have “dick,” but, let’s be honest, it doesn’t hold the same demeaning history. Continue reading Insults with Feminists: “Douchebag”