I’ve been doing my utmost to debate less, but it’s hard when you’re as naturally opinionated as I am. This is compounded by the fact I come from a highly opinionated gene pool. Our family dinners sometimes spiral into debates. And when I say “sometimes,” I really mean 90 percent of the time.
Usually my mother plays referee, and when I say “referee,” I mean she’ll eventually shout, “Will you all be quiet!” My father plays the contrarian, opposing whatever view I hold. And my sisters may or may not be on my side.
I thought everyone did this — debate over dinner, as an expression of love and then pretend like nothing happened. Apparently not! Dinner is for small talk. So I’ve been trying to reprogram myself whenever I go out, because my opinions can be a bit disruptive. Keep reading »
If you’re anything like us, you’re balls deep obsessed with “Game of Thrones” right now. We can’t get enough of this show, and all of the incredible female characters on it. And while I happen to be particularly partial to Daenerys and her wee little dragon babies, it seems there are plenty of strong women to go around. And that’s what’s so liberating and exciting about watching the show. There’s just so many of them! As Salon writer Nina Shen Rastogi notes, “‘Game of Thrones’ persuasively demonstrates why some of us are always yammering on about the need for increased representation of women (and minorities) on television: Through the relatively simple process of upping the numbers, the burden on any individual woman magically lightens. No single character in ‘Game of Thrones’ has to be the show’s final word on womanhood, and that’s a freeing prospect.”
Click through for our guide to some of our favorite women of “Game of Thrones.”
Hello, my name is Alexandra Gekas and I am a single woman living in New York City who used to watch “Sex and the City.” I can assure you that I did not come to New York City to live the life of “Sex in the City.” But I also did not know just how unrealistic and off-base that show was when I arrived five years ago, otherwise I probably would have stayed away.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this city. Its power, its energy, its diversity… That’s why people are willing to sacrifice so much to stay here. New York is like that insanely hot guy who’s kind of mean to you, but the sex is great and when he’s on he makes you feel so good, you just keep coming back for more. But he’s not exactly Mr. Right, now is he? Having watched the new ABC show “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23” and in anticipation of the upcoming HBO show “Girls” (which premieres on Sunday night), I’ve realized that A) I have not let myself admit just how hard it really is and B) not only am I not alone, but there are so many of me that my life has become a television cliché. Keep reading »
March is Women’s History Month, which makes it the perfect time for our countdown of the 100 best female TV characters in prime-time history.
You may love some of them, you may hate some of them, but it’s a sure bet that all of these TV women will spark memories of some of the best tube-watchin’ TV land has offered. Keep reading »
I’m a young woman who enjoys the typical girly things, like makeup, clothes and nail polish. But I can’t for the life of me figure out why I’m inundated with cleaning product commercials whenever I’m watching “girly programming,” like “What Not to Wear” or “Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.” In the late ’90s and earlier this century, it seemed ad men—and women—finally realized they were neglecting a major segment of the population that might actually want to clean up a spill or, you know, disinfect something, so commercials were changed accordingly. But now, this spic-and-span equal treatment has gone out the window. Keep reading »
Currently, I am majorly obsessed with the show Mad Men on AMC. If you haven’t seen it, you must give it a go, before the second season starts in a month. The show is about the advertising men on Madison Avenue during the early 1960s and is just brilliantly written and art directed. One of the most fascinating aspects to the show is seeing what it was like for the working women who were secretaries at the agencies — Mad Men features some of the most interesting female characters I’ve seen on TV in awhile, including Joan, the head secretary at Sterling-Cooper, the show’s fictional ad agency. Her portrayer, Christina Hendricks, is a goddess, and does a remarkable job showing the the complexity of a character who tries to maintain power in the workplace using her sexuality. In this clip, Joan’s roommate tries to tell her she’s hot for her. Keep reading »