Each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.

Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club

When it comes down to it, I feel like that’s why this show works so well as an exploration of adolescence and gender dynamics. Because it’s devoted to kind humor, it makes a space in which these kids can explore who they are and who they are going to be when they grow up without us as an audience feeling worried for them. 

I’m never afraid that Tina will discover an amazing talent only for it to be laughed away by her family or for it to be retconned out of the show an episode later. When Gene dresses up as a woman, I never cringe and think that Bob is about to say something degrading toward women or tell Gene to “act like a man.”

As an audience member, I feel safe. I feel like it’s going to be okay. And that gives the show license to do more interesting things with the development of these characters. Which is surely a good thing. In a world where the typical teenage drama on the CW stars men and women in their mid to late twenties, and the only other well known animated teens are from Family Guy, Tina and Gene are worth their weight in gold. Moreso is the writing team who are able to write them, and write them well.

So yeah. Bob’s Burgers is back. You should probably watch it.

from “Bob’s Burgers: All About that Puberty” on Kiss My Wonder Woman

Maybe I was destined to forever fall in love with people I couldn’t have. Maybe there’s a whole assortment of impossible people waiting for me to find them. Waiting to make me feel the same impossibility over and over again.
—  Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home
Recommended Coming Of Age Movies for Girls

(my very favorites are marked with a *)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)*
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)*
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)*
Rusalochka (1976)
Palo Alto (2013)*
La Belle Personne (2008)
The Moth Diaries (2013)*
Prozac Nation (2001)
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)*
Clueless (1995)*
The Craft (1996)*
Stealing Beauty (1996)*
Barbe Bleue (2009)
Heathers (1988)
Labyrinth (1986)*
Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Violet and Daisy (2011)*
Hanna (2011)
Augustine (2012)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)*
Ginger Snaps (2000)*
Dirty Girl (2010)
Perfect Sisters (2014)
The Sisterhood of Night (2015)
Baby Doll (1956)
Girly (1970)
Somersault (2004)*
Foxfire (1996)
Electrick Children (2012)
Tanner Hall (2009)
But I’m A Cheerleader (1999)

Sweet Angel Mine (1996)
Sister, Sister (1987)
Wilderness Survival for Girls (2004)
Pinprick (2009)
We Are What We Are (2013)
Spring Breakers (2012)
Black Swan (2010)*
Ask Me Anything (2014)*
Elsewhere (2009)*
Triple Dog (2010)
Adult World (2014)
Stoker (2013)*
Ghost World (2001)*

I had been camping out in front our television watching cartoons, when the first pictures from New York came beaming in and, one by one, saturated all our three channels.

Five minutes later, I was on my bicycle racing down to the store to get some of the peanut chips I was living on.

Nobody in the store knew what had happened yet, and I could barely grasp the situation, but orbiting the aisles, my eyes kept on hanging onto their faces for a second longer.

It felt like being in a rapidly collapsing parallel universe.

Photo: Katie Day Weisberger, The New York Times