Louie’s Controversial Ending to “Pamela” parts 1-3

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The cavalcade of mixed reactions to the conclusion of the “Pamela” three-parter is indicative of something positive about a show; that it is so highly affective that individual people will have remarkably different reactions. My experience live-tweeting it was met with a great deal of support and a little bit of ire. It isn’t wrong for people to question my feminism after my ultimately positive response. One of the advantages of feminism(s) is that the reactions and beliefs are varied, and in this specific instance, I will be departing from the mainstream of feminism by saying that the conclusion of Louie S4 was beautiful.

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Sometime It Sucks to be a Fat Girl: Louie tells it like it is

From tvrage, via Google Images

From tvrage, via Google Images

Louis C.K. just showed the first legitimate body-positive straight-shooting no-bullshit fat woman I have ever seen on TV.  In a TV schedule peppered with my lipidly-lovely brethren, somehow a man’s show more realistically represented myself and other fat women more than half a dozen other shows ever could. Continue reading

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Why Do Women Love Toxic Gay TV Relationships?

 

I notice a pattern here

I notice a pattern here

There’s something about the way women swoon over gay relationships on television.  Shameless has drawn a great deal of romantic attention for Mickey and Ian’s tumultuous affair.  Whole Tumblrs are devoted to their moments together.  I cannot help but wonder why I, and so many other women, are drawn to what is objectively a damaged and abusive love-affair constructed from internalized homophobia and slowly loosening repression.  I have to wonder if observance of tortured gay relationships provides a means of satisfying a deeper desire for male tenderness while only proximally experiencing the abuses of that relationship.  It makes me think back to the last Showtime-based gay relationship that ever got this dark: Queer as Folk’s Brian Kinney and Justin Taylor.

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What Happened on TV Sunday Night? Dexter, Newsroom, Breaking Bad, and Crotch Rot

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I’m doing my best to come back from a post-amazing hiatus.  To do that, I spent a lot of time watching TV last night.  And then I watched more today.  Don’t ask me how I kept my five year old niece out of the room while I watched Dexter.  It wasn’t pretty.  Either way, four things were on television last night, and I intend to run them down for you in a rapid and haphazard fashion consistent with someone who is still dodging a five-year-old looking to play spaceship with my laptop’s new hard drive.  Here is what I watched from Sunday night in order of best to worst.

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Community’s “Basic Human Anatomy” Wins at Everything

The man himself, Jim Rash

The man himself, Jim Rash

Jim Rash, the comic mastermind who creates Dean Pelton, is also an Oscar-winning writer and Groundling. He also penned tonight’s Community episode, and if Twitter is any indication, the fans want him writing everything forever. I would have to agree, because “Basic Human Anatomy” stands out as probably the best episode of the season.

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There’s Nothing on TV Tonight. Here’s Cat Porn.

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Well, it is Thursday night, March Madness is in full effect, and for weeks, certain shows have been on break, waiting to return after Easter. Tonight, the only show in the world that truly matters, Community, took a break. I could write about Parks and Rec, which was new, but my fervent love for Leslie Knope and her greatness requires far more mental energy than I have right now, considering I spent the day battling a five year old in tag, hide and seek, Candyland, and “let’s cry a lot and see if Aunt Kat will buy me ice cream.” I already know I can’t give Parks and Rec the write up that it truly deserves tonight, but what I can show you is something both sexy and cute.

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Girls and the Dark Side of Sex

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Sex is one of the most powerful compulsive basic needs that most people have. People go to great lengths to meet sexual partners and often have sex for the worst reasons, or just to have it. But when we see sex in the media, all we generally see are passionate kisses and powerful thrusts, arched backs and throes of pleasure. Fortunately, Lena Dunham, writer, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls, hasn’t felt any compulsion to give in to that fantasy idea of sex. She has no problem coming out and telling the world that sex is kind of weird, even though we all want it.

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