Purple Thursday’s. Applesauce. Having breakfast outside on the deck. Savings accounts. Celebrating the people I know. Brunch with friends. Hugs. The word ‘lackadaisical’. Lone wolf-ing it. Weekly Nia+Hoop class. Little tomato plants. Invitations in the mail. Trip planning. Morning coffee on the weekends. Watercolour crayons. Fresh air on lunch breaks. Reading in the sunshine. Apples and peanut butter. Beth Ditto. New dresses. Pink lemonade after a long week. Mystery novels that cause you to stay up until 2am. Mangoes. Terrariums with air plants. Clean sheets on the bed. Re-prioritizing. Calligraphy. Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto together in humour.
Hey, ‘Lady’! An Exchange – Using ‘lady’ instead of ‘girl’ or ‘woman’
To My Male Relatives on Facebook Who “Like” Sexism: “Listen, I don’t think you’re an asshole who thinks it’s funny to do something that women find scary. You’ve been raised to think that this sort of stuff is all in good fun.” A great article by Jessica Valenti.
How Great Would It Be to Relaunch ‘Golden Girls’? “But networks don’t trust young people to like old people.”
The lady who helped inspire “A League of Their Own” passed away: Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis
But What About Beyonce’s Band? I dig Beyonce but her band of ladies rocks out in a big way.
Why Do Women Hate Anne Hathaway (But Love Jennifer Lawrence)? This an interesting examination of the qualities we find ourselves resisting in others.
Exploring Gender in Cowgirl Narratives The beginning of a blog series re: women and our ideas of gender and power through an examination of the archetype of cowgirl in different types of media.
Here’s a short list of well-known ladies I think I would be friends with…if we were to ever meet. None of these are rocket science, as far as I’m concerned. There’s clearly a common thread of laughter involved in these pseudo-friendships.
1. Amy Poehler. I know I’m not alone in this one. Her laugh is infectious. She speaks her mind & contributes. Check out “Ask Amy” where she responds to questions from teenage girls. I love that she speaks out about feminism.
2. Tina Fey. She’s a great comedy writer and a hard worker. She believes in women. She wrote a great book. Remember when she and Amy were doing Weekend Update together? Those were some funny times.
3. Rashida Jones. I clearly dig her style. I also like that she didn’t like the roles that were being offered to her so she went out and wrote her own screenplay! Get it, girl.
4. I would invite Rachel Maddow to my dinner party but most likely still be intimidated by her intelligence. She has been open about her struggle with depression, which I also admire from someone in the public view.
Restocking (decaf) autumnal teas, the Hobbit movie trailers, lady rap, legwarmers, Mel Brooks (!) and Carl Reiner on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, kicking gluten to the curb, outfits patterned after superheroes, nutmeg, cardamom, frozen bananas, the color teal, the word ‘starry’, a good night’s sleep, paperback mystery novels you can read in an afternoon.
How awesome is it to see depictions of real honest-to-goodness female friendship within pop culture? I like seeing Lady Tribes. I like being a part of a Lady Tribe. & somehow the world is shocked when people flock to see things like that that have a bit more dimension (ie: Bridemaids) Finding good depictions of friendship between women within pop culture is …well, difficult. No, not all women are out to ‘steal your man’ or your promotion. No, friendship do not always take a backseat to romantic relationships. Yes, women can be friends. Underlined for emphasis.
1. Golden Girls
“& if you threw a party, invited everyone you knew…” - Oh come on. You love the Golden Girls like I love the Golden Girls. It involved cheesecake, wacky hijinks & real talk about social issues (straight women & awareness about HIV, LGBT rights, & dating/having sex as an older woman).
2. Girl Detectives
Nancy Drew had Bess Marvin and George Fayne by her side on a lot of her cases. Nancy with her titan hair & independent attitude, fearful femme Bess, & always-described-as-a-tomboy George make up a triad of all different aspects of womanhood. & when they got down to business to solve the mystery of the hidden key that winds the ghost clock in smugglers cove? That was the best.
3. Gotham Girls
While it is a 3-season flash animation, the ideas behind it are always my favorite story arcs in most comic entities. I like when comics move beyond the idea of the ‘token’ solo woman character. & how awesome is it when Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Catwoman & Batgirl all coexist in the same scene? Its hard to imagine we could be living like this all the time, right? Someday…
Honorable mentions: Friends (Monica, Rachel, Phoebe), Powerpuff Girls, Jem & the Holograms, Sex & the City
Buried treasure, Eurosport commentary on the Tour de France, getting rid of clutter, Airstreams, Pyrex, a new camera, Budget Bytes’ Apple Dijon Kale Salad, re-watching Murder She Wrote, rounded corners, postcards, rubber stamps, researching travel, trains, clean fonts, summer rainstorms, Pinterest, putting way too many books on hold through the Toronto Public Library, cold brewed ice coffee, homemade bookmarks, pen pals, twine, & sitting in front of a fan.
Lists. Focus. Succulents. Cactus. Making friends at work. Great covers of great songs. Purple. Pineapple on pizza. Making playlists for a rainbow of moods. When someone you love makes you a delicious sandwich, just because they love you back. Knots. Not knots. Seasonal fruit. Reintroducing myself to hooping in the summer. Podcasts. Ira Glass. Having a good neighbour. Chuck Klosterman. Seeing a bean grow up into a Lexi. The moment when you come up from being underwater & take a breath again. Saving money. Crossword buddies. Starting from now. Being barefoot. Seeing women-centric movies.