At the End of the Day, Here Is a Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Supercut

At the end of the day, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta's third season finale aired this week. At the end of the day, the people on this show say, "At the end of the day" a lot. At the end of the day, I counted over 140 utterances. At the end of the day, "at the end of the day" is supposed to notate definitive statements and… » 9/10/14 1:51pm 9/10/14 1:51pm

CNN Would Have You Believe That Serena Williams Was 'Rescued' by a Man

Serena Williams is better at tennis than most human beings will ever be at anything, ever. And this year in particular she's been on a tear: After the embarrassment of a first-round knockout at the 2012 French Open, she's racked up 11 titles, including the U.S. Open and the WTA Championships. » 11/21/13 11:40am 11/21/13 11:40am

Please, Television Writers: Stop Making Romantic Things Happen in…

On Sunday evening's Mad Men, the show that everything starts and stops and ends and begins with, Don Draper got himself into another adventure. No, I'm not talking about how he turned into Dom Draper for a moment there; I'm talking about how, yet again, an elevator was used to further the plot line of his romantic… » 5/14/13 3:15pm 5/14/13 3:15pm

"Modern Love" Takes On The Mother In Law Cliché... And Shatters It

The "Modern Love" column, as we know all too well, can be an exercise in modern narcissism. But this week's essay, Diane Nottle's "Faithful to His Memory, and His Mother" is different: the story of a woman who, after the death of the love of her life, forms a lasting bond with his mother that ends up being a far… » 12/08/08 1:30pm 12/08/08 1:30pm

If The Cliché Fits! Are We Actually 'Obsessed' With Shoes?

This short film, Ben Pietor's "It's All About the Shoes", just won the Red Ribbon at the Tropfest Film Festival. The film, about a shoe-obsessed woman who "meets her fate," is well done, but it got me thinking about women's alleged obsession with shoes. When I worked in an office, we used to sheepishly conceal the… » 10/06/08 3:40pm 10/06/08 3:40pm

"The Quirky Aggressive": The Latest Female Archetype?

In the context of her smart review of The Wackness and Olivia Thirlby's character Stephanie, blogger Lauren Bans introduces the concept of what she calls "the quirky aggressive" which she sees as a female archetype along the lines of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. "She's pretty without makeup, wears Converse, and says… » 8/08/08 3:20pm 8/08/08 3:20pm