Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Platonic Lady Lovin!

I've never really thought that hard about being a woman. I don't feel like a feminist but I think if you were born after 1970 and have a Y chromosome to match your hobo bag - you just are. I've had months where I curse the gods for giving us the crimson tide (clueless references are timeless, thank you) but that's the extent of it. I work hard at my job and I make a good salary, but sometimes I wonder if I were a man - would I be further? Luckily, those thoughts are fleeting.Then there are moments when it's as though you've just woken from a dramatic "ABC prime time hour drama" coma and the disco light of life grabs your optic lobe and you notice there are women inspiring you every day.

These are the women currently inspiring me  (sorry they aren't presidents or entrepreneurs):

Lena Dunham.

Go rent Tiny Furniture, then watch Girls on HBO even though there's only been 2 episodes. The only thing I can say about her is that her writing is whip smart, her comedy is relatable and the characters walk that fine line of commentary and reality. She's the female Louis C.K. She'll definitely be the one to watch. Her success feels like a success for the ladies. "I'm not the ladies" "You are a lady. I'm a lady, she's a lady, you're a lady".

Riki Lindhome
I have been listening to her podcast where she interviews people about their career trajectory. She interviews actors/writers/directors and their path to success. Also, I just think she's fucking hilarious. Also, I really like the opening song to the podcast. Not alot of women pod casters out there!

My Coworkers.
They say what you are looking for is right under your nose half the time and in this case that is a wild understatement. While women are traditionally competitive I have to say in my workplace, as the minority in a man's gaming world - they hold their own. In fact, they flat out rule. I work with so many strong, smart women that I am blessed to learn from the best. Even though our jobs arent the same, we're all under an umbrella of estrogen that unites! Maybe I never tell them enough, but I dont work with 1 female who I wouldn't describe as incredibly intelligent. Above average in ever way! They all lead by example. Hopefully, they feel the same about me :) and if they dont - please reference the above image.


50 Shades Of Grey Lady.
Granted I have no intention of reading this book because I already consider myself a sexually liberated woman and if my mind got any dirtier I'd likely explode like a small condom on a magnum....see what I mean? Not for people like me. However, where there's a need there's something to fill it. That's what she said!! And I am all for the rest of the nation joining me in unison that women are actually more sexually advanced than men. I'm happy to have the majority join me. :) There's room for all!

Stay At Home Moms.
My mom didnt stay home with me and I think I learned a good lesson about being a female and having a career. Lately, I've been seeing a trend of stay at home moms in my friend circle and age groups......the biggest shocker to me is: we even HAVE the choice to CHOOSE to be home. Good for us! We get to choose instead of it being olden times like Downton Abbey where we HAVE to get dressed for dinner and do nothing......wait, that sounds awesome. jk. nevermind - can we NOT choose so we can all stay home? jk that's sad. so many jks I cant tell if I am serious.

Monday, April 9, 2012

In Opposition Of the Hunger Games

I have an unpopular opinion. Well, I have many (admittedly) but this one is a doozie....

I disliked the Hunger Games, both book and movie.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the trilogy and would encourage anyone with an 8th grade reading ability to pick up the book when there is a free 4 hours to enjoy it. (read: backhanded compliment). As pure entertainment it accomplishes it's goal. However, as literature, it fails on many levels. I despise when people blame a movie for the book's failings so I will be honest when it's an overall issue or it's just a shortcoming of the movie. (B) is for book and (M) is for movie.

I will say Jennifer Lawrence and Stanley Tucci were awesome. They get a pass!

I thought this would go without saying but SPOILER ALERT. Um. Duh.

Katniss Gives Her Sister THE Worst Luck Ever! (M) In the movie Katniss gives her sister the mockinjay pin before the reaping and with all of it's good luck, the opposite happens: SHE GETS PICKED! Then Prim gives the pin back to her for good luck after she volunteers for the HG. Are you kidding me? That thing is cursed. Do you not remember getting chosen 20m ago in the reaping after touching that cursed pin? Use your brain, Katniss lite.

Brave Chick With Only One Parent Overcomes Again! (B) Im not saying we cant have heroines in this day and age that come from a single parent, heck - all single parents and their children are heroes to me! But  Reference: 16 Disney characters are without a mom and 7 without a dad. I'm citing the internet because it's a real reference these days, ya'll.

Make-Over Madness! (B) As soon as you enter you are magically made over! The Wizard Of Oz did that over 112 years ago and 75 years ago in the movie. Old. News.

Cake Face & Tree Sitting. (M) Peeta's ridiculous cake face he made while hiding in some moss made me think he came from the movie The Labyrinth and not HG. This did not translate. Leave that on the cutting room floor. Also, in the book sitting in a tree for 30 pages is pretty interesting but sitting in a tree for 4 minutes is sitting in a tree for 4 minutes. More murder! Less tree-ing.

Which brings me to Peeta Is A Pussy (M). In the book Peeta is awesome! In the movie he's tiny and spindly and sort of lame. The movie converted me to Team Gale and he's only in the movie for a combined 5.5 minutes.

Were They Really Hungry? (M) Hard to say considering no one really looked that hungry or even acted slightly famished. There was no reaction of the main characters to the extravagant food on the train or in their suite.  I pictured the scene in Hook when the kids are so hungry they pretend to eat PAINT for 15 minutes. They ate paint they were so hungry! There was no mention in the movie (and I saw the movie 2x) that the victor fed their district for the entire year of their reign. If they were hungry, it was NOT apparent.

The World's Largest IT Dept. (B) It's my same Avatar gripe - how can it be so far in the future and we have all this technology and yet dude is still in a rickety wheel chair? In the Hunger Games case - she can wish any food at any time but in the arena she still has to wear a windbreaker? I mean we're talking crazy technology here - why are these kids not fighting with lasers? I'm also curious which if these districts makes USB ports and drives? Seems like someone needed to build technology - where are the nerds in Panem? I saw none.

Anyway, you can hate me - it's fine. I hate me sometimes, too.