I know that a bunch of people have written posts like this, but here’s my iteration, which comes from a place of: 1. Love, 2. being the exact target audience, and 3. watching too many TV shows that don’t give me what I want. The Bold Type, as it turns out, is all about going after what you want. It is about rejecting the societal standard that tells women to become meek in the workplace and, instead, use that standard as a bar over which you can raise yourself and become even better. The Bold Type is along the same vein as the short-lived MTV show Sweet/Vicious— feminism for women, to entertain women, to show women in lights that we are interested in seeing. I think that the success of this show could cause a boom of similar shows— sleek, modern, female-centric. Watching The Bold Type isn’t just about The Bold Type. It’s about supporting the content that we want to see.
There are three main characters— Jane, Kat, and Sutton. All are best friends. All are in different places in their careers. All are successful in their own right. And all work at the fabled Scarlet Magazine, a magazine written by women for women to be their saucy older sister, guiding them through life. Instead of 50 Ways To Please Your Man, it’s 50 Ways To Please Yourself. Instead of Lipsmackers That Will Stay On While You’re Lipsmacking it’s Lipsmackers That Will Stay On While You Take On The World. Their boss, Jacqueline (we’ll get to her later; she’s my favorite character) refers to this as “self-feminism.” Other people are important, absolutely, but make sure you’re taking care of yourself and your needs too when it comes to work, relationships, and sex. Scarlet Magazine is about real women who are motivated, who are struggling, who are successful, who are scared, who are human. It’s a publication that I, personally, would love to read.
Jane works for the writing department. She is a young writer who is thirsty to prove herself, but is also conscious of the fact that she’s low on the totem pole. The pilot begins on her first day as a writer, when you find out that Jane is a smart, capable, confident young woman who was raised on Scarlet Magazine. This is her dream job. She’s organized, thoughtful, and resilient. Although she tends to complain about her assignments, she always comes through and makes them her own.
Kat works in social media— in fact, she’s the head of her department. She tends to see the world through the lens of her camera even when she isn’t working. Kat, by nature of her position, is always on-call. She sees what is beautiful about the world and what is beautiful about people. She also knows, with great clarity, what is important to her, and always fights for these issues— perhaps a little relentlessly. Kat excels at her job, but she doesn’t excel at relationships. She likes “casual,” preferring to have flings. When she meets Adena, a beautiful Muslim lesbian, her idea of relationships and her sexual identity goes out the window. I am looking forward to seeing Kat and Adena’s relationship evolve just as any ol’ heterosexual relationship on television would— full of ups and downs, but also full of love, sex, and moments that just make you hold your breath. Luckily, these two ladies already serving a full course meal.
Sutton is the final female in our group of girls. Undoubtedly the lowest of the three girls on the corporate ladder, Sutton’s reason for that is simple: she didn’t have the socioeconomic privilege that Kat and Jane had been lucky to have, and got off to a more disadvantaged start. Sutton had fought her way to her position tooth-and-nail. And, better yet, she’s damn good at her job. Sutton is the most tenacious character on the show. She’s spent years fighting for herself, and she isn’t about to stop now. The romantic plot-line revolving around Sutton involves her dating a superior in the company, which is normally a story arc that might make me cringe, but Sutton is 25 and Richard is probably in his late-20s, early-30s. There’s lots of respect between the two of them, and their relationship isn’t a conflict of interest because Richard works for the legal department for the company that owns Scarlet. This relationship is adorable, sexy, and Sutton absolutely holds the power in it, meaning that we, as audience members, can root for these two.
The Bold Type shows female friendships exactly the way I know them to be. They love and support each other. They overshare. They talk over each other. They play and tease. They make cultural references in a speedy fashion that temporarily makes you think you’re watching Gilmore Girls. They get selfish. They apologize for being selfish. They fight and make up. They change the direction of their conversations constantly, flashing from topic to topic like strobe lights, showcasing how incredible women are at multi-tasking. It’s the dream female friendship that all of us are desperate for on TV, and no romantic sub-plot is going to tear that down. It’s like Friends without the guys, and as much as I love Chandler, with a show like The Bold Type, I think we can live without him.
Perhaps the best character on The Bold Type is the girls’ boss, Jacqueline. She is the head of Scarlet Magazine; the leader who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. As fearless as she is, she is not to be feared. Jacqueline may be respected, admired, and adhered to by her staff, but if you’re looking for Miranda Priestly, you won’t find her here. Jacqueline cares about facilitating the careers of her employees. She rules her disciples with a firm but fair hand, often giving them more than they deserve. Life is hard, especially for women in the corporate world, and Jacqueline understands that. Her character’s scenes are always an absolute treat— the ones I look forward to the most when I sit down on the couch to watch The Bold Type with a glass of red wine and a feeling of safety on the side. Because I, as a viewer, have learned in just a few episodes (five, to be exact) that these writers are ones that I can trust. They’re speaking using my voice, the voice of my friends, the voice of my peers, the voice of my generation.
Turning your television on to The Bold Type means hearing women discussing issues that are relevant to you. It means being inspired by their tenacity and individual power. It means enjoying an episode full of sumptuous fashion, invigorating music, and a bustling city life. The Bold Type is a show that you can turn on and see yourself reflected in your TV screen— whether it’s your sexual identity, your racial identity, or the personality traits that make you who you are. It’s not that The Bold Type never utilizes tropes, cliches, or predictability. It’s that they do it differently, they do it better, they do it while conscious of what it is and what their show is.
The Bold Type doesn’t necessarily preach that you a required to live your life boldly. The lesson to learn here is much simpler than that: live. Simply go out and live your life, get what you want, make yourself happy. Stay safe, stay kind, stay supportive, stay healthy, stay loving each other. Perhaps Jacqueline describes this mentality best in her speech in the pilot episode of the show. She says, “I expect you to have adventures. I expect you to fall in love. To get your hearts broken. I expect you to have sex with the wrong people; have sex with the right people. To make mistakes and make amends, take a leap and make a splash. And I expect you to unleash holy hell on anybody who tries to hold you back.”
So you heard her. Let’s go unleash holy hell, ladies.
American writer, known for her depictions of life on the frontier in novels such as My Ántonia. When she was nine years old, her family moved from Virginia to rural Nebraska, where the prairie landscape and the local pioneers had a profound impact on her. In school she earned a reputation for wearing masculine clothing and going by the nickname “William.” At first she wanted to study medicine, but decided to focus on writing after being published in the Nebraska State Journal. She moved to Pittsburgh at 23, then to New York City ten years after, and during this time she worked as an editor, journalist, critic, and poet for publications such as the Home Monthly, the Pittsburgh Leader, and McClure’s Magazine. She also met the editor Edith Lewis, the woman she would live with for the rest of her life. In 1911, Cather left her high-powered managing editor position to focus on fiction. Her first novel was followed up with the widely successful Prairie Trilogy—O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia—and her writing was acclaimed for its straightforward prose and its romantic portrayal of the American west. In 1923, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her World War I novel, One of Ours. But during the Great Depression, her writing fell out of favor, and academic interest wasn’t revived until years after her death. By this time, Cather had become a bit of a mystery. In an attempt to protect her privacy, she burned most of her personal correspondence, and what remained wasn’t permitted to be quoted until 2013. It’s known that she had a number of close female friendships throughout her life, lived with Edith Lewis for 40 years, and wrote all of her books for her friend Isabelle McClung. And although she destroyed anything that might have confirmed her sexuality, she has since been embraced as a lesbian. She has also been reclaimed as one of the great American writers.
Nathan Chen has quickly emerged as a rising star in men’s figure skating and a contender to win Team USA’s first medal in the sport since 2010. He started a revolution on the ice when he became the first person ever to land five clean quadruple jumps in a single program. Chen accomplished the feat at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January, winning his first U.S. national title by smashing the scoring record. He did it again one month later to claim the ISU Four Continents title at the Olympic test event in South Korea. What’s more remarkable is that the 18-year-old’s run comes just a year after a serious hip injury sidelined him for nearly five months. Chen, who was recently named one of 20 “Next Generation Leaders” by TIME magazine, has excelled with help from of an innovative off-ice training program designed by the Team USA training and performance staff.
Ashley Wagner began figure skating at the age of five while living in Eagle River, Alaska, one of the seven places she lived with her military family before she was ten. Wagner won a silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix Finals in 2007 and moved up to the senior level the following year. Since then she has won three U.S. national championships and reached the podium 24 times in national and international competitions, including a bronze medal in the team event at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. Wagner also claimed silver at the 2016 World Championships, becoming the first American woman in a decade to medal at the event. The 26-year-old currently lives and trains in Los Angeles, Calif., with plans of making a second straight Olympic appearance at PyeongChang 2018.
[Trans] haruhana Magazine vol. 28 (February & March Issue)
10 things you must do in your life!
(photo cr: @kiss_seoppy)
Since UKISS released their monumental “10th” Japanese single, we asked each of the members to list the “10″ things that they want to achieve in their future life.
Soohyun’s bucket list: 1. Go traveling with UKISS members We have always been busy and haven’t traveled together yet, so I want to go [traveling]! 2. Travel overseas with my family Not even once have I traveled overseas with my family either…(cries). 3. Buy a house of my own! I want to make my utmost effort to prepare have a house ready for my [future] family. 4. Reach no.1 on Oricon chart in Japan We’ve got into top 5 before, but never achieved top 1* 5. Get married I want to get married and create a calm and peaceful home. 6. Release a Japanese solo album! I want to sing romantic ballad songs in Japan~! 7. Have a concert tour around the world I wish [UKISS] to become famous worldwide and have a concert tour in the countries around the world. 8. Be healthy Health is the most important! 9. Become the manager of a yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurant Because I love meat, I want to become a manager and eat a lot [of meat]! 10. Become the CEO of an entertainment company I want to create a company. *note: The interview was taken place in Dec. 2014, but later in Mar. 2015 they reached no.1 on Oricon daily chart with Action album
Eli’s bucket list: 1. Get married I want to live happily with the person I love. 2. Film a Hollywood movie Participating in the production of Hollywood movies is my dream. 3. Go skydiving I want to try things that are thrilling. 4. Go sea fishing I want to take a boat to the midst of the sea and [enjoy] fishing without thinking about anything. 5. Buy a luxury car Lamborghini Aventador is my dream car. 6. Buy a house in America I want to live in America as well. 7. Run a successful business I want to do a business that involves food/cooking. 8. Go scuba diving I want to dive deep underwater and admire the view. 9. Go snowboarding and slide down from the top of the mountain Because I like snowboarding. 10. Live happily All of the people has the right to live happily.
The cover of an edition of Shashin-Shuuhou (写真週報), a weekly photograph magazine published by the government, which eased the stress of civilians by showing insight into the daily lives of soldiers and military related personnel. This issue features women of the Axis-Alliance countries, Germany, Italy, and Japan, each representative holding a portrait of another’s leader, however the magazine was diverse in subject and was published weekly from 16 Feb. 1938, until 11 Jul. 1945.
Special thanks to my great friend @daubman for his continued assistance with translations.