Earlier this summer, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a lengthy piece for the Atlantic titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” If you haven’t had the chance to read it, take a look.
I don’t agree with everything Slaughter writes in the piece, and her argument is far from perfect, but she raises several critical and interesting points that made me think a whole lot.
So naturally, I decided to apply all of this to television (because I’m me). Are there fictional women who “have it all?”
Short answer: Only Tami Taylor.
Long answer: Just read the damn column, y’all.
Sinking Ships: Or, How Shipping Is Ruining Fandom
Ok, Internet, we need to talk.
Now, look, before you overreact, that headline is really just there to grab you. I don’t think shipping, as a general concept, is the worst. I ship, everyone at AllTheTV ships, everyone ships, from your five year old cousin who is really into Dora The Explorer (that simmering sexual tension between Swiper and Boots, amirite?) to your 87 year old grandma who only watches Matlock reruns (Andy Griffith, phroawr). Shipping, in and of itself, is a natural occurrence. It means that you like a show, like the characters, like their interactions. It means that those talented people who make the show, the writers, the directors, the actors, everyone who contributes to a scene, are doing their job right. But, here’s the thing, there are two types of shipping, and only one of them is problematic. There is watching a show and shipping the characters. It’s normal, we all do it, etc. And then there is shipping the characters THEN watching the show, and this is where we all need to collectively neck ourselves before we wreck ourselves, Internet.
Hiya folks. It’s time to talk about animals, and not of the werepanther variety (yep, I still have a personal vendetta against True Blood…some things just never change).
So let’s talk about Political Animals, the new USA miniseries I’ve fallen hard and fast for. As it combines my two favorite things in this world (politics and television), I could go on and on about why you should tune into its 6-episode run. In fact, I did! I co-wrote many words about the pilot for The Michigan Daily.
But alas, we try to be succinct here at AllTheTV (except when it comes to our podcasts, of course).
So for the attention-deficient amongst us, enjoy the shortest and sweetest list (with links! multimedia!) of reasons to watch I could come up with:
- Sigourney Weaver on television.
- Sigourney Weaver telling Russian diplomats she will fuck their shit up…in Russian.
- Sigourney Weaver dancing…with Adrian Pasdar (who must be contractually obligated to play politicians exclusively?)
- Carla Gugino.
- Carla Gugino and Sigourney Weaver together on screen!
- “Never call a bitch a bitch. Us bitches hate that.”
- The series, thus far, completely beats The Newsroom in accurately portraying the world of journalism today.
- It also beats The Newsroom in writing strong female characters and literally everything else.
- IT’S A POLITICAL PRIMETIME SOAP. ABOUT WONDERFULLY WRITTEN WOMEN.
- THR called it The West Wing turned into Dallas…which they frame as a kind of negative thing…but. um. hello. Sounds like a dream come true.
- James Wolk’s dumb face.
- Can’t remember if I’ve mentioned Sigourney Weaver yet.
- In summation: LAAAAAAADIES!!!!!!!!!!