Lady Inspiration: Leslie Knope


Pawnee is a really special town. I love living there. And I look forward to the moments in my day when I get to hang out with the town. And talk to the town about stuff. And the town has really nice blonde hair too, and has read a shocking number of political biographies for a town, which I like. – Ben Wyatt, talking about Leslie Knope. I mean, Pawnee.

Leslie Knope is the best, strongest, and most interesting female character on television. I don’t even know why I’m qualifying that with “female,” because she is just the best. I love that Ben Wyatt says this to her, because it shows how P&R pokes fun at her without making her a bumbling, hapless lady. The things about her that ARE kind of funny (reading a shocking number of political biographies, for example) are also the things we admire about her.

This also might be the time to admit to my absolutely ridiculous, kind-of-embarrassing crush on Ben Wyatt. It’s so intense it kind of makes me uncomfortable.

25 Things Shania Twain Plans to Do (and 1 Thing She Doesn’t)

Things Shania Twain plans to do:

1. Go out tonight
2. Feel all right
3. Let it all hang out
4. Make some noise
5. Raise her voice
6. Scream
7. Shout
8. Have no inhibitions
9. Make no conditions
10. Get (a little) out of line
11. Have a good time
12. Go totally crazy
13. Forget she’s a lady
14. Wear men’s shirts
15. Wear short skirts
16. Go wild
17. Do it in style
18. Get in the action
19. Feel the attraction
20. Color her hair
21. Do what she dares
22. Be free to feel the way she feels (like a woman)
23. Take the chance to get out on the town
24. Dance
25. Let her hair hang down

Things Shania Twain does not plan to do:
1. Act politically correct

There are a few points about this that concern me. First, I know Shania Twain is a gorgeous woman and she’d look amazing in just about anything, but a man’s shirt with a short skirt? I’m not so sure about that.
Also, for most people, “politically correct” is code for “not racist.” I love to think that, for Shania, a fun night out on the town consists of just being really racist. Like, complaining to the girls about how the Mexicans are taking over her neighborhood, or drunkenly telling the bartender she doesn’t care what that birth certificate says, she still believes Obama’s not American.

Comedienne Extraordinaire: Chelsea Peretti

“This lady did tell me that I looked like a pretty Penny Marshall. That’s Laverne from Laverne and Shirley. Not a pretty girl, really. That’s like telling someone, ‘You look like a gorgeous Whoopi Goldberg.’ Doesn’t exist.”

Chelsea Peretti is my 2nd favorite stand up comedian (1st favorite: Alex, duh). I relate to this joke. Once, one of my friends told me they saw a fat child version of me on the street. THANKS.

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Creative Lady Inspiration: Julie Klausner

“Pam (from The Office) is not intimidating, like one of those women who wears makeup and tailored clothes, and has a good job that she enjoys, and confidence, and an adult woman’s sexuality. There’s nothing scary about Pam, because there’s no mystery; she’s just like the boys who like her; mousy and shy. The ultimate emo-boy fantasy is to meet a nerdy, cute girl just like him, and nobody else will realize she’s pretty. And she’ll melt when she sees his record collection because it’s just like hers….and she’ll never want to go out to a party for which he’ll be forced to comb his hair, or buy grown-up shoes or tie a tie, or demonstrate a hearty handshake, or make eye contact, or relate to people who work in different fields, or to basically act like a man.”

On the serious: Julie Klausner’s book, I Don’t Care About Your Band, actually changed my life. Okay, “changed my life,” sounds a little dramatic, but what I mean is that she changed the way I thought about myself. Her book encouraged me to be a stronger woman, and to not change myself for men in any capacity (whether they be coworkers, friends, or boyfriends). She reminded me that I don’t have to dress like a guy in order to be smart, and if a man doesn’t take me seriously if I’m wearing a dress, then forget him.