Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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I have a confession to make: ”Toned Up” is my new “guilty” pleasure — but I am unashamed.
My friend/workout buddy Kate introduced me to the show, which follows the lives of the ladies behind the Tone It Up fitness empire, and I’ve secretly gotten totally hooked. The show follows best friends Karena and Katrina (yeah, their names are really that similar), who started their exercise business together a few years ago. Yes, they are both model-gorgeous and do things like hold board meetings at the beach. But there’s a whole lot more to the women than that. Anyway, I’d certainly rather watch fitness gurus goof off on TV than angry housewives!
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There never seems to be a moment where young parenthood isn’t in the spotlight. But it’s gotten a recent boost this week after the The New York Times reported on a recent study purporting that shows like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” have helped in the reduction of teen pregnancies. The study suggested as many as 20,000 teen pregnancies were prevented in 2010 because of young adults watching those shows.
Many outlets have been reporting on this study, but very few are including the thoughts or opinions from those they’re talking about. So, after the jump, here’s a roundtable discussion conducted over email with Gloria Malone and Natasha Vianna, who are both tireless advocates for teen moms and their families.
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“I don’t think we would have done the Dave and Penny thing. Our show is not at all a soap opera. Some of these other comedies are able to go a little more melodramatic than I ever liked, and any time we tried to do it, sometimes it felt a little false. I don’t think anyone really wanted to see Dave have to date his ex-fiancée’s best friend. There’s just something about that that’s kind of mean. I didn’t want to have to have Penny and Alex hate each other for five episodes.”
– David Caspe, creator of my favorite sitcom that barely got a damn chance, “Happy Endings,” discussed a few unresolved plot points in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that I just had to share. In addition to putting an end to speculation about the future of Dave and Penny’s flirtations, Caspe also revealed that Jane and Brad were going to have a baby. Can you imagine Jane as a new mom?!?! Siiiiiiigh. “Happy Endings,” you were taken from us much too soon. [EW]
In the most recent episode of “Downton Abbey” to air in America, the lady’s maid Anna Bates — whose story through four seasons has almost exclusively focused on her romance with her husband — is raped by a visiting valet. It is not the first example of sexual misconduct on the show. But it is the most sexually violent act to occur to any character. Not surprisingly, the incident has been hugely controversial.
When it first aired in the UK, viewers complained about sexual violence on an otherwise fairly frothy PBS program. (I say “fairly frothy” in a nod to the deaths of Sybil and Matthew.) The UK’s media regulatory agency declined to investigate the over 400 complaints made to both the agency and ITV, the channel on which “Downton” airs, saying that it provided a proper warning before the show about the content. But now that it has aired on PBS here in America, a large share of the criticism is coming from feminist bloggers who take issue with how the rape was handled on the show. Keep reading »
Dare I say it, but last night’s episode of “The Bachelor” — which I livetweet every week from The Frisky’s Twitter account — might have been the darkest episode in the show’s history. Yes, I said “darkest.” I mean, not “Sons of Anarchy” dark, but the episode was more depressing than usual, and not because it featured a gaggle of women, desperate for love, fighting over one dude. No, last night’s episode was depressing because, during a group date, one bachelorette was coerced into getting “naked” for a photoshoot, while another got so wasted that she ended up having a crying freakout in the bathroom. Keep reading »
Gaaaaame of fucking Thrones / Game of fucking Thronnnnnnnnes. That’s what I sing to the tune of the “Game of Thrones” theme music every time I hear it. Sometimes I sing it a capela too, usually when I’m trying to soothe myself through “GoT” withdrawals. But I won’t have to do that for too much longer, because season four starts on April 6! Okay, so that’s still four months from now, but HBO released the full fourth season trailer last night to whet our appetites for the usual blood, guts, fucking and mommy issues. Let’s see … Joffrey is still a little prick, Tyrion is still grumpy, and Cersei is still giving fierce bitch face. Meanwhile, Ygritte is still alive and potentially still has her eye on Jon Snow, Daenerys seems to be a bit power hungry and Jamie Lannister has a hot new haircut. Regarding the latter, I sure hope Cersei likes it because “Game of Thrones” needs a little romance (even of an incestuous nature). [Laughing Squid]
“It surprises me how stupid people can be. It surprises me how many women hate other women, or feel uncomfortable with themselves. There’s a good portion of women who are offended by the show, which I do find strange. I read them because it’s fascinating. ‘Like Patrick Wilson would sleep with her!’ You know what? He might, and in this story, he did! And why does that bother you? Is it not realistic enough, or is it that you haven’t seen it in other shows in movies enough?”
Yes, THIS. I love what Jemima Kirke — who plays Jessa on “Girls” — has to say to NYMag.com’s Vulture blog about a certain strain of internet comments that often question Lena Dunham’s desirability. Why is it so hard for some people to believe that a man who looks like Patrick Wilson would sleep with a woman like Dunham? Is it really unrealistic or is it just TV and movies that make it seem that way because those pairings are rarely shown on screen? Good questions. Keep reading »