to show jill or not to show jill


- awesome female main characters
- awesome poc main characters
- realistic depiction of a gay main character struggling with coming out, internalized homophobia, and homophobia from those around him (but he is supported by his friends)
- one ep had a girl who was sexually assaulted and one of the main characters talked about how it wasn’t her fault, no matter what she was wearing or doing
- the men on the show respect the women
- realistic depictions of friendship
- realistic depictions of mental illness including PTSD and eating disorders
- the characters will often call themselves and each other out on their biases
- shows the struggle of being gay in the military
- one ep has a character spy on his daughter through the phone somehow and he ends up getting reprimanded by his wife for not trusting his kid and not respecting his kid’s privacy
- is genuinely funny and has very endearing characters
- combats unnecessary gender roles, for example, has male nurses, female doctors, female military personnel and EMTs, and a male character going into pediatrics
- has characters talk about their background as children of immigrants, has a character’s daughter having her quinceñera, doesn’t erase poc character’s culture but doesn’t force it as a novelty
- stresses that it isn’t shameful to get help when you need it, whether it’s for mental illness, physical illness, or anything
- still has all the drama and angst that a lot of people like in their shows

To the far right, everything about Barack Obama and his administration seemed somehow alarming, as if his election had ripped a tear in the fabric of time. In August, the Department of Education announced that the president would be making a speech addressed to the nation’s schoolchildren, about what a good idea it is to stay in school and to study hard. The speech would be made available to public schools, on C-SPAN, educational channels, and the White House’s website. Jim Greer, then chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, said: ‘As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology.’ Hannity said, ‘It seems very close to indoctrination.’ A pundit named Michelle Malkin, appearing as a guest on Hannity’s show, added, 'The left has always used kids in public schools as guinea pigs and as junior lobbyists for their social liberal agenda.’ Glenn Beck, a former talk-radio host who launched a show on Fox News the day before Obama was inaugurated, compared the president to Mussolini. Some schools refused to show the speech. Some parents kept their kids home that day. Here is the pith of the speech they missed: 'No matter what you want to do with your life,’ Obama said, 'I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it.’
—  Jill Lepore, The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History, 2010
The impossible Great British Baking Show drinking game

Take a shot when:

- Mary says “scrummy”
- Mel or Sue makes a really awful pun
- Paul stares into someone’s soul
- someone cries at an elimination (kidding, everyone cries at eliminations)
- a contestant calmly says “oh dear” during one of the most stressful televised events you’ve ever seen in your life
- a contestant says “I’ve no idea what I’m doing” and proceeds to bake a masterpiece
- someone pronounces the name of a French bake wrong
- Paul says “fantastic”
- alternatively, Paul says “disgusting”

Good luck you’ll be dead within the hour


Throwback to the VERY first episode of #Girlfriends in 2000! 

#TBT @maraakil 💋💋 


It’s the most amazing thing, I’m struck by how much it is OBVIOUSLY ME. Like, it could not be anyone else.





I’m so incredibly excited to use it, I could not have asked for anything better if I designed it myself, I ACTUALLY DO SIT THAT WAY AMY, God it’s so perfect.