On Leighton Meester on playing Curley's "bitch, tramp, tart" wife: "If she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening?"
@talie I would have a very difficult time containing my rage if I saw this with an audience that laughed at the moments you mentioned. How awful! I really love that Leighton wrote about the experience. I know it's terribly difficult for artists to have an audience interpret or experience their work in a way so antithetical to their intent (Kara Walker's latest exhibit comes to mind), so it's great that she had a platform to discuss that.
It does seem that the younger age of the audience has something to do with it, but does that mean there is a lack of feminism or understanding of women's issues among that generation? UGH. Just sucky all around.
@FlufferNutter GUYS, IT'S OUR FEMINISM THAT MAKES US SO ATTRACTIVE. Thank god they are finally catching on!
Sarah's words come together with Jia's artwork to form the absolute best retort I've seen in decades. It's a thing of beauty. 5 stars - would read again.
Echoing the thoughts above. Beautiful and powerful work, Amanda. Thank you for sharing. It helps me better understand the experiences of women in my life who have been through this.
Rachel, I loved this! Love, relationships, and marriage aren't "one-size-fits-all" enterprises. Good on you for following your own path. As I get older I find the feeling of making "selfish" decisions has become addictive, because it's empowering. When all others raise their eyebrows at me, that's when I know I've done something worth doing. (Also: BUFFY!!!!)
Holy shit I needed this today! Funniest thing I've read in awhile. I maybe related a little too much.
Giiiiiiirl. THANK YOU. As an older person pursuing their BA in Creative Writing in NYC and constantly fretting over what my future holds - why does it have to be one or the other? Why must we categorize and rank and pick over everything until it means nothing anymore? The worst part about this stuff is that it's insidious. It gets in my head and makes me doubt my choices and chances. But leave it to Jia's "built-in, shock-proof bullshit detector" to set me straight. (Sorry that was Hemingway - ewwww.)
Phhhhewwwwwwwwwwgggglllleeee. That xoJane article made me want to stab myself in the face. And also SO happy that I no longer read that site. WTF is wrong with people??
@Mandolin Right? I thought it was the same piece at first. Kind of odd...
We're going out to a restaurant for Thanksgiving this year, but I'm sort of sad not to be making my favorite cranberry sauce recipe. It's from an ancient issue of Sunset Magazine, and has Earl Grey tea in it! Maybe I'll make it next weekend... it's so, so good.