I have a confession to make: I miss Katherine Heigl. In the mid- to late 2000s she spent five years doing romantic comedies, or what was left of them by the time she got there. She put up a decent fight. To watch her withstand the jeers of the boy-men in “Knocked Up,” the cave-manning of Gerard Butler in “The Ugly Truth” or the bridesmaid-outfit montage in “27 Dresses” was to witness a genre’s assault on one of its last dedicated practitioners. Heigl didn’t get to show the luminance, flintiness or idiosyncrasy of her romantic-comedy forebears; she was given too few moments of wit or insight. Instead, she was tough, stubborn, gainfully employed and — like most of the women in these movies, by that point — counterproductively heartless, tolerant of whatever partnership the plot backed her into. Her time as a romantic-comedy star was more a feat of survival than a cause for celebration. But as long as Heigl was around, so were … [Read more...] about Rom-Coms Were Corny and Retrograde. Why Do I Miss Them so Much?
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Episode 1: "Dragonstone" The Big Plot Stuff: • In a cold open, Arya disguises herself as Walder Frey and poisons the remaining members of House Frey (except the young wives). • In a vision, Bran sees the army of the dead marching – including WIGHT GIANTS. Bran and Meera arrive at Castle Black and are let inside by Dolorous Edd.• At Winterfell, newly-crowned King in the North Jon Snow is telling the Northern lords about dragonglass and instructing them to begin training boys AND girls to fight. Lyanna Mormont sasses the other lords for being sexist when they protest, and Davos and Brienne look on proudly. Jon sends Tormund to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea to help the Night's Watch there. He also forgives Houses Umber and Karstark for their treason when young Ned Umber and Alys Karstark both bend the knee. Sansa undermines all of Jon's decisions in front of everyone and then tells him he should be paying more attention to Cersei and her army. Littlefinger tries to … [Read more...] about I Rewatched “Game Of Thrones” Season 7 And Here’s What I Noticed
Photo: Thomas M. Barwick/Getty Images My daughter was barely a year old when the queries started coming. Lately, it seems like people ask my husband and me more and more: When are we expanding our family? Our daughter will be 2 in July; I suppose the timing seems near perfect. “Eve is quite enough for now,” I’ve started saying. “Let’s see how the next few years go.” I don’t blame anyone who is curious about the prospect of a second baby, but I’ve never resented the question more than I do now. Eric and I were well aware that the state of the union was far from ideal before the 2016 election. We realized there would be agonizing conversations when our children reached a certain age: about where they can and can’t go and why, what they should and shouldn’t say, how to stay hyperaware and on guard in certain social situations. We knew that raising black children in America would be a uniquely heartbreaking and terrifying … [Read more...] about Am I Going to Have Another Baby?
Photo: Compassionate Eye Foundation/Getty Images On planes, staring into clouds. On the subway, scrolling through Instagram. On the couch, watching alien movies with my partner. These are all places where I’ve caught myself drifting off into baby-naming land in my head. I’m not pregnant or trying to be yet, but I spend an inordinate amount of time pondering the names of my theoretical future children. Weird? Sure. Embarrassing? A little. Unusual? Nope. I’ve talked to people who didn’t just cop to name fantasies — many had lists of well-considered ideas in saved email drafts and on the tips of their tongues, just waiting to be shared with someone who asked. But even knowing that others do this too didn’t stop my wondering why I find myself conjuring up names, for hypothetical people. “Names filter into the air we breathe, so even when we’re not naming a child, we’re aware of it as a style-conscious choice,” said Abby Sandel, … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Stop Dreaming of Baby Names?
SÃO PAULO, Brazil — “It’s a new era in Brazil: Boys wear blue and girls wear pink,” our new minister of women, family and human rights, Damares Alves, said this month in a video. And she didn’t stop there: Under the new government of President Jair Bolsonaro, she declared in her inaugural speech, “a girl will be a princess and a boy will be a prince.” Ms. Alves’s message was meant to be an attack on “gender ideology,” a concept created by conservatives to disparage the rhetoric of equal rights for women and L.G.B.T. people. The fight for gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights will lead to the collapse of the traditional family, Ms. Alves and others like her say. It will foster homosexuality and threaten Christian values. And so the correct response is moral panic: “Nobody will stop us from calling our girls princesses and our boys princes,” Ms. Alves fiercely proclaims. Except the conservatives … [Read more...] about I Put My Baby Daughter in Dinosaur Overalls. Am I an Anarchist?