I grew up working for Planned Parenthood. I went to marches, I attended lectures, I served on boards, I did volunteer works for campaigns, I taught classes. And in my entire experience, I encountered a lot of people who hated the organization I worked for. I encountered a lot of hate.
I learned about about the power of religious, moral, and intellectual manipulation. I learned about what makes a compelling argument versus what makes a truthful argument versus what makes a strong argument.
But what it taught me that I am most glad of was patience and perspective. That if you are incapable of seeing the other side, you probably don’t understand your own well enough. My high school years spent at Planned Parenthood helped inform me as a woman, as a human, as a debater, as an activist.
I’m good at understanding the other side, understanding why you might think the way you think. I try to not judge or snap even if our opinions are completely different. Our intellectual disagreements do not shake me, not upset me.
That being said, if you’re anti-choice, just unfollow me. You have no excuse. You suck.
I think most women who openly identified with the Liz Lemon character mostly identified with her love of food and/or her lack of emotional availability (which weren’t typically things seen from leading women when the show began airing)
Liz Lemon was never meant to be a role model; she, like almost every character on 30 Rock, exists for the sake of satire. Just like an African American shouldn’t want to be Tracy Jordan, feminists were never supposed to look up to Liz Lemon.
I agree but what is intended and what is perceived can be very different.
I get so pumped when I think about all the NYC tumblr-ers I am gonna get drunk with
just you wait.
Q:How much do you spend on drinks a week?
uhhh. I don’t quite know, anony. For one, even if I look at my bank accounts, I can’t be sure how to divide up funds because some drinks were paid for in cash??
Secondly, I hope to god that the amount I go out decreases because my wallet cannot tolerate 4+ nights a week of drinking at a bar.
HOWEVER, this week, I’ve only paid for 3/8 drinks I’ve had so I’m entering Thursday with a whopping $18 spent on drinking.
but…let’s not talk about money spent last Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
are you aware that 30 rock is a comedy show
So is Parks & Recreation and yet Leslie Knope is a far more compelling figure. She is accomplished, well-respected, she is smart and savy. She is sexually self-confident. And sure, she is also self-deprecating and at times childlike but she is a more poignant example of a strong woman.
I couldn’t make it past the part where we don’t like Tina Fey? Fuck everyone who doesn’t like Tina Fey.
I really enjoy Tina Fey but I found her portrayal of Liz Lemon problematic. Mainly because people looked at her as a feminist figure and I really felt she embodied some of the lesser characteristics of career womanhood. As a person, Tina Fey is educated, accomplished, she has a family, a career and a husband. But Liz Lemon was almost completely crippled by her work ethic. She wasn’t respected in her work place. And often she behaved with the emotional maturity of a 12 year old girl.
Sorry but I just never understood women who went OMG I AM LIZ LEMON. Why was that something to aspire to?
four frozen margaritas and a shot of whiskey later
I’m pleasantly buzzed but let’s take a minute to give props to my boss who picked up the tab.
Even the most sex-positive feminists are quick to dismiss Kim for the way in which she rose to public consciousness. It brings to mind the flawed and damaging Tina Fey version of feminism, in which only some women – those who are educated, driven, undamaged, well-spoken and tattoo-less – are deserving of our support. Let your boyfriend film you having sex in your early 20s and have the results distributed against your wishes five years later? Sorry, you don’t fit the requirements to join our club and you’ll soon get what’s coming to you.
The fact that she posted selfies to Instagram following her demand for respite from paparazzi was all the gossip rags needed to deem her point moot. This situations falls into the larger issue of Kim’s control of her image. Sure, she allows a camera crew to film her life and that of her family; sure, she broadcast her second wedding on TV for millions to see; sure, she is active on social media and takes pictures of herself constantly. But she’s in control of those images. The fact that Kim takes iPhone snaps of herself and appears in photoshoots for brands and magazines does not negate her need for privacy. These acts are not comparable to those committed by paparazzi. She is rarely seen without make-up and opulent outfits on camera, because her image is her livelihood. When that is threatened, she is allowed to be angry.
Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.