Julianne, Patricia, Meryl, Oprah, Julie and the Triumph of Women and Age at the 2015 Oscars

In an industry that promotes irreparably broken standards that equate women's beauty and power with youth, a very welcome and unofficial celebration of women over 40 emerged during this year's Academy Awards ceremony. In a night full of meaningful moments, #AskHerMore was the red carpet theme, age was on everyone's mind, and grown-up women stole the show. ...more
It's a slow change. I'm confident, though, that by the time my daughters are 40-something ...more

25 Things You Can Do Instead of Seeing '50 Shades of Grey'

The best thing about the opening weekend of the movie version of 50 Shades of Grey is that soon the frenzy over 50 will be behind us. Whether you love it, or love to hate it, or are just plain bored by it, no one can deny the ubiquity of this wacky Twilight fan fiction turned bestselling erotic trilogy.   ...more
I refuse to read this article because of the title but sincerely hope "have a life" is on the ...more

The Problem with Domestic and Sexual Violence PSAs at the Grammy Awards and the Super Bowl

The fight to address violence against women is having a pop culture moment, literally trending last night during the Grammys and last week when the NFL aired an ad for the NO MORE Campaign during the Super Bowl.  ...more
I think she makes good points, but I still think the PSA's are good. It's just that they need ...more

Harper Lee Agrees to Publish Second Novel 55 Years After 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Fans of Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, long have mourned that Lee only published one book. Lee's publisher HarperCollins announced today that a missing manuscript from Lee's first novel Go Set a Watchman was found and will be published in July.  ...more
I feel the same way.  My spidey sense tells me that someone is taking advantage of her.  ...more

What to Watch on a Cozy, Mid-Winter TV Binge

Some of my northeastern friends are thrilled to be snowed in, some are being pummeled, and others are disappointed their accumulations weren't higher. All agree, though, that along with French toast supplies, this blizzard calls for a good TV binge watch or two this week. That's a rallying cry the rest of the continent can get behind as well, from the cold plains on out to the sunny coastlines we won't mention to the rest of you. ...more
I just finished binging The Fall, and it was badass. I concurrently and coincidentally was ...more

Preparing to Say Goodbye to the Bravermans and 'Parenthood'

My dear, kind and loving fans of Parenthood. I'm worried about us all. Are you okay after the "We Made It Through the Night" episode? Have you stopped weeping yet? Here, just sit still on this luncheonette stool for a moment, dry your eyes with this Braverman plaid shirt, and let's address the tender, beautiful, about-to-collapse souffle in the room. There's only one show left. ...more
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Go See 'Selma' to Counteract the Horrible Oscar Snubs with Your Attention

Hey there, what are your weekend plans? I'd like to propose that you hijack them and direct a few hours of your time where you will be immensely rewarded in personal and political ways. Go see Selma. President Obama's doing it, and you should too. It's a fantastic work of art and a vibrant contribution to a vital cultural dialogue, and it deserves your time and ticket purchase. ...more
I never paid much attention to how irrelevant the Academy has become until now. Great post. Well ...more

Golden Globes 2015: Tina, Amy and Margaret Cho with the North Korea Joke That Wouldn't Die

The Golden Globes threw a perfectly Golden Globes awards night. A few rambling, perhaps tipsy speeches here, a few few earnest, perhaps self-involved speeches there, and a lot of inspiration to view the films and shows the Foreign Press Association would like you to be sure to view, Birdman, The Affair, Big Eyes, The Honorable Woman, Jane the Virgin, Transparent, Whiplash, Theory of Everything, Still Alice and Boyhood chief amongst them. ...more
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Does 'Black Mirror' Examine a Sexist and Racist Future, or Is It Just Another Racist and Sexist TV Show?

I only have myself to blame. You know that thing where a television show or movie is so highly recommended that you make special plans to watch it, only to absolutely hate it so much that you wonder if you watched the same show as the critics or your friends loved? Looking into Black Mirror did that to me.  ...more
I just watcned the first episode of Black Mirror and was really surprised by how deeply sexist ...more

Hot and Heavy: TV's Best Sex Scenes and Stories in 2014

Just as in real life, TV sex can fall into one of four categories: ecstatically connected and life changing; not-so-intimate but banging' hot; gratuitous or at least partially regretful; and, plain old awkward. ...more