SLYTHERIN: “Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” -Tina Fey (Bossypants)
25 Books that will Change your Life:
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
3. Philosophy for Life by Jules Evans
4. 1984 by George Orwell
5 Civilization and its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
6. The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich
7. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
8. The Answer to the Riddle is Me by David Stuart MacLean
9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
10. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
11. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
12. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
13. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
14. A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
15. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
16. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
17. I am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler
18. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
19. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
22. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
23. The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
24. Bossypants by Tina Fey
25. Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens
I was walking home alone from school and I was wearing a dress. A dude drove by and yelled, “Nice tits.” Embarrassed and enraged, I screamed after him, “Suck my dick.” Sure, it didn’t make any sense, but at least I don’t hold in my anger.
Tina Fey (on her first catcall)
So this is the best response I’ve heard for a catcall. Especially given she was in middle school at the time.
Amy Poehler was new to SNL and we were all crowded into the seventeenth-floor writer’s room, waiting for the Wednesday read-through to start. There were always a lot of noisy “comedy bits” going on in that room. Amy was in the middle of some such nonsense with Seth Meyers across the table, and she did something vulgar as a joke. I can’t remember what it was exactly, except it was dirty and loud and “unladylike.
Jimmy Fallon, who was arguably the star of the show at the time, turned to her and in a faux squeamish voice said "Stop that! It’s not cute! I don’t like it!”
Amy dropped what she was doing, went black in the eyes for a second, wheeled around on him. “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” Jimmy was visibly startled. Amy went right back to enjoying her ridiculous bit.
“Amy Poehler was new to SNL and we were all crowded into the seventeenth-floor writers’ room, waiting for the Wednesday night read-through to start. Amy was in the middle of some such nonsense with Seth Meyers across the table, and she did something vulgar as a joke. I can’t remember what it was exactly, except it was dirty and oud and “unladylike”, Jimmy Fallon turned to her and in a faux-squeamish voice said, “Stop that! It’s not cute! I don’t like it.” Amy dropped what she was doing, went black in the eyes for a second, and wheeled around on him. “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” Jimmy was visibly startled. Amy went right back to enjoying her ridiculous bit. With that exchange, a cosmic shift took place. Amy made it clear that she wasn’t there to be cute. She wasn’t there to play wives and girlfriends in the boys’ scenes. She was there to do what she wanted to do and she did not fucking care if you like it.”
I am so psyched for tonight’s Golden Globes. They KILLED it the last time they hosted! Their jokes on George Clooney, Leo diCaprio and others critiqued gender stereotypes and behaviors while being literally LOL funny.
30 Rock is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I really like Parks and Recreation. But I LOVE Fey/Poehler, both outspoken pro-women, feminist firebrands. I read Bossypants and loved it, and Yes, Please is up next.
I’ve posted feminist quotes and gifs by both women, here is a quick way to catch up the “greatest hits.”