@Rubyinthedust Firstly, not all the songs I mentioned are old- Diamonds was a year ago, S&M two. The only song compared in the article is Man Down, also 2 years old and more similar to my examples than to the new song. Secondly, I didn't say degrading, it's just icky and dull. That's why I was surprised they got an interesting article out of it.
@Rubyinthedust But how is this video representing her 'brand'? Almost every other Rihanna video I can think of has her standing/dancing in the centre, not particularly sexualised, and with the impression that she's going to get her way: whether she's ordering around a DJ (Pon de Replay/ Don't Stop the Music) or a lover (S&M/ Only Girl in the World/ What's My Name etc), or just expressing security and confidence (Diamonds/Umbrella/). If I had to describe her 'brand' I'd say something like 'commanding' or 'bossy' or 'in charge'. This one seems the antithesis of what I like about her.
@iceberg Totally agree with you, I love Rihanna (music-wise also, unlike the writers of this), but I thought this video was horrible. why did it have to be so... bummy? I enjoyed this discussion, but couldn't reconcile it at all with what I was watching.
(also not super-keen on the song)
@stuffisthings There's Maid Marian. I think Robin Hood gets knighted at the end? So just a lady. (But she never gets included in these lists. Probably Disney think little girls wouldn't buy fox costumes.) (I would though)
Re: no. 2. I think one of the main issues with online dating is about whether to 'bother' seeing someone. Obviously in real life, if you really like someone then you'll find a way to get round them living 50 miles away/ having a kid when you don't/ working nights when you work days/ whatever. If you haven't been out yet and don't have any other data points, that seems like a faff. But if you have enough other info to think this person is better than the others, you're like 'No problem! I'll come to you! We'll do it when you can!' etc. I mean, I know this isn't an exact comparison and I hope this doesn't sound flip (I'm not trying to say a disability is like a slightly annoying work schedule), but if you let them know enough to know you're the person they should definitely be going on a date with, not leaving the house won't sound like a problem at all?
@Florence Thinking about stuff you're not doing in real life seems to me like the whole POINT of fantasy-time. For me, it's all gangbangs, which I couldn't even begin to be bothered to do in real life. (Seems like there'd be a lot of admin.)
Always super tedious when someone writes a takedown of a thriller that's sold a billion copies. Oh, it's so brave of a critic to pretend they're better than everyone else! After the point where it makes any difference! Like all those Da Vinci Code/Twilight takedowns, by people who'd clearly never read a conspiracy thriller or teen romance in their lives, claiming they were the worst books ever written. They were perfectly adequate examples of genre, and writing a late-stage review to the contrary makes it clear you only read the 3 books a year you see on the front pages of a newspaper.
Great article, thanks!
@Father Brown The Guardian has a beginners' guide I found useful. http://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/series/cryptic-crosswords-for-beginners
Their Quiptic is also pretty easy- after I'd read a few of the blog posts I was ready to have a go at it.
On "At what other moment in history would it have been plausible for a serial killer to identify middle-aged white men as his most vulnerable targets?"
@muralgirl Didn't you think the father-son relationship WAS pretty 'zeitgeisty' though? The father who is unemployed, can't pay child support, but is overly emotional to his children, constantly texting and gets miffed when his almost-grown up children don't immediately reply? I mean, it certainly reminded me of my own father, and others of my acquaintance. Seems like other times the choices for fathers have been 'there' or 'fucked off', not so easily halfway.