Posts Tagged: Lady Stuff

Lady Inspiration: Debbie Stoller on Martha Stewart

The reason that second wave feminists realized that that kind of work was so frustrating to women was because they were limited to it, but also that it was never valued by the culture. Women’s work was always much less valued than anything that men did, whether they were garbage men or executives. Anything that men did was more valuable than what women did. Also, all this work was always presented to women as something they had to do to satisfy their husbands and their children. Whereas Martha Stewart that same amount of work, showing its value, and she has no husband, her children are grown – she presents this stuff as something to do for your own pleasure, to enrich your life. – Debbie Stoller on Martha Stewart, from Feministing.

Martha Stewart is yet another example of a woman that would be viewed completely differently if she were a man. I’m so tired of hearing negative opinions about Martha, Oprah, and Hillary Clinton when they possess the exact leadership qualities we admire in a man.
Also, I know that picture has nothing to do with the quote, but just…look at it. It will never not make me laugh.


“I put a microwave on my first vision board. My sister walked by my vision board and said, “You want a f***ing microwave?! That’s ridiculous. I’ll give you a f***ing microwave!” Boom! Manifested!”- Maria Bamford

One of my favorite things about Maria Bamford is that she talks about lady things. You know, like O Magazine. And vision boards. I’m not saying all ladies are into this kind of thing, but this lady is certainly open to them. I don’t believe in astrology, but yes I do check my horoscope and think about it often and sometimes I find myself thinking things like, “Holiday Mathis TOLD me this would happen!” So who am I to judge someone and their vision board? I don’t think I have much to gain by being cynical, so I try to be as open as possible to New Age-y spiritual experiences. We should be filters, not sponges, and you’re not being a very good filter if you’re not letting anything through at all (ugh, overwrought filter metaphor alert).
Clearly I’m trying to justify why I checked this out from the library.

If you need something from me, you’d better hit me up soon, because I’m gonna be super rich and famous in a minute here.

Real or Fake: Pride and Prejudice Sequels/Retellings

Can you tell the difference between a real title and a title we made up?*

1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
2. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife
3. Decidedly Darcy
4. Mr. Darcy Takes a Husband
5. Pride & Prejudice: Wild and Wanton Edition
6. Mr. Darcy and the Curse of Skeleton Cave
7. Pride & Breadjudice: A Baker’s Romance
8. The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice
9. Pool-Side and Prejudice: Elizabeth’s Spring Break Romance
10. Vampire Darcy’s Desire
11. Pride and Prejudice and Cat Hair
12. The Trouble with Mr. Darcy
13. Darcy and the Chocolate Factory
14. Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberly
15. Mr. Darcy’s Member
16. Darcy and Elizabeth: Days and Nights at Pemberly
17. FrankenDarcy
18. Gay Pride and Prejudice
19. Fried and Prejudice: Colonel Darcy
20. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Darcy
21. Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts
22. A Little Bit Psychic: Pride and Prejudice with a Modern Twist
23. Mr. Darcy Mutates
24. Pride & PreJewdice: Mazeltov to Darcy!
25. The Darcy Boys: Tales of Detection and Adventure
26. In the Arms of Mr. Darcy
27. 2 Much Darcy: A Story of Darcy Clones
28. Pride and Prejustice: Mr. Darcy Takes a Bar Exam




Real: 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 (I KNOW!), 21, 22, 23, 26
Made-Up: 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 24, 25, 27, 28


*Alex helped me with this, so if you find a title particularly funny then it was probably one he came up with.

The Funniest Song in the World: The Power of “Hold On”

For ladies of a certain age, “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips is a seminal piece of music. I’m right on the tail end of what I’ll call The Wilson Phillips Movement, but I definitely remember “Hold On” being played when I was a kid and all the girls singing along with it. This song has everything: angelic female harmonies, sassy background vocals, clapping, and some really solid advice.
In case you haven’t listened in awhile, Wilson Phillips implore us to “hold on for one more day and/break free from the chains,” while also posing such pressing questions as “Why do you lock yourself up in these chains?” and “Are you comfortable with the pain?” This isn’t just a song of encouragement and earnest questioning; the Wilsons (and the lone Phillips) also engage in some tough love. “You’ve got no one to blame for your unhappiness/ you got yourself into your own mess,” Chynna Phillips sagely reminds us. Preach it, Chynna.
It was only a matter of time before the women who loved this song grew up and started writing it into their comedy films. Here are three great “Hold On” scenes that always make me laugh. Okay, one of these movies was actually written by guys, but that’s the great thing about the power of “Hold On.” It transcends gender.

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle:

Because I value honesty, I will tell you that I saw this movie twice in theatres. It’s a little lowbrow, sure! It’s also absolutely hilarious half the time, and I don’t even smoke pot. My Celebrity Crush David Krumholtz has a small part, which maybe influenced my opinion.

Spring Breakdown:

I’ve been telling you to watch Spring Breakdown. Why haven’t you watched Spring Breakdown? Amy Poehler. Rachel Dratch. Parker Posey. Amber Tamblyn. Missi Pyle. Jane Lynch. Egg. Millie. A greater lady-comedy dream team was never assembled. I’ve tried to pinpoint my favorite part of this scene, and I can’t. I love Parker Posey’s admonishing finger-wag, and the way Amy Poehler gleefully shouts Carnie Wilon’s “No, baby!” line.


Of course! Hot damn, Chynna, you are looking better than ever. Bridesmaids is my favorite movie of the year so far (obviously), and this was one of the best scenes. Once at a friend’s wedding, my BFF and I dramatically gesture-sang Shania Twain’s “From This Moment On” to each other in a very similar fashion (I meant every word). She’s getting married next year, and while I’m not exactly promising I’ll do the same thing to “Hold On,” it could happen. Like, if I’m drinking, and the song just happens to come on, and okay maybe I’ll request it. We’ll see what happens in a year.

Ladies (and gents!), I hope “Hold On” has been as comforting to you as it has been to me. Strangely enough, I do feel kind of inspired when I hear it, like I’m ready to take control of my life and get rid of negative habits/influences. I can admit that to you because this is a Safe Space. In case you need a flashback, here’s the original video. Chynna sacrificed a lovely couch to make that vest, the least you can do is watch.