The Worst Date That Didn't Happen
#MyWorstDate "Women's worst fear for a blind date with a man is that he'll kill her. Men's worst fear is that the woman will be fat." I've seen a few variations on this statement on the social media sphere. And though using "studies show" as the first two words of a meme often doesn't mean there was a study, I believe it. Though as a lesbian, it doesn't apply to me. Could that cute young lady I matched with on Tinder be a rapist or murderer? Yeah, it's possible. But it's not the fear that repeats itself over and over again in my head before I set out to meet her. That would be, "What if she doesn't show up without an explanation?" Not because it's a worst-case scenario, but because it's a likely one that has made me feel like shit when it's happened.
10 Comedy Specials by Women to Watch on Netflix This Weekend
If you're a human being with internet access, which I think I can safely assume you are if you're reading this, you're probably familiar with the Louis CK affair. You are probably also aware that a certain cross section of male comedy fans are concerned about the future of comedy if he is held responsible for his actions and ostracized from the comedy community. Well buckle up, bros, because I've got news: Louis CK is not the only comedian on earth. And *gasp* many of the good ones are women. Supporting women in the male-dominated world of comedy is incredibly important right now and with Netflix's comedy specials, it's easy to discover hilarious women of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and comedic styles.
5 Quirks of a Bilingual Work Environment
When I started working as a temporary visa clerk at a French consulate, I thought I had a general idea of what working a job that would require me to speak French on a daily basis would be like. It couldn't be THAT different from my studies, right? Wrong! My semester abroad in southern France may have given me an idea of what it's like to live and go to school in France and having it on my resumé certainly helped me get this job, but working as an American in an office that operates primarily in French was not an experience I could easily imagine until I was in it.
How To Build a Made-for-TV Christmas Love Movie
It's November. Time for people who are annoyingly into Christmas to never shut up about all things Christmas. If you, your aunt, or your grandma have a cable subscription this also means an onslaught of hastily made Christmas Love Movies. Especially on a certain channel that starts with an H and ends with an Allmark. If you watch enough of them, you'll notice that these "films" follow a specific formula that I'm convinced anyone could follow and create a story consistent with the canon.
12 Profiles You'll See Online Dating as a Lesbian
Like many of my peers, I have a love-hate relationship with 21st century dating, mostly because I am not good at it. It is rare to meet someone in the 18-24 age bracket, especially in the gay community. Yet after swiping for a while, a lot of the candidates you see look similar. If you're a woman who uses a dating app to date other women, members of these groups will be impossible to avoid.
Do Wizards Have to Follow International Travel Regulations?
From the original Harry Potter series and the supplemental material, we know that wizards as portrayed in the series are a global phenomenon, that magical beings from different countries interact with each other, and that they are subject to different laws than the non-magical population.
Netflix's 'Big Mouth' Will Make You Uncomfortable, but It's Necessary
To say that Netflix’s new animated comedy series Big Mouth is not for everyone would be the understatement of the year. The ten-epsiode show, created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, and Jennifer Flackett, follows a group of 13-year-old suburban friends, Nick (Nick Kroll), Andrew (John Mulaney), Jessi (Jessi Klein), Jay (Jason Mantzoukas), and Missy (Jenny Slate), as they navigate the physical and social changes of puberty. The storylines place one foot in reality and the other in the young characters’ imaginations. Characters in this universe are “guided” through puberty by their own Hormone Monster (Nick Kroll) or Hormone Monstress (Maya Rudolph).
Autism Is Having a Moment on TV but Not Everyone In the Autistic Community Is Celebrating
With The Good Doctor, Atypical, and Young Sheldon recently introduced to the screen, you could say that autism is having a moment in pop culture. The protagonists of these three shows add to a sparse roster of explicitly autistic characters in mainstream film and television. However, not everyone in the autistic community is celebrating. Why is that, you ask? Well, all three of these characters fit an annoyingly familiar mold: young white guys who are straight as far as we know, come from middle class backgrounds, and fit a very specific set of strengths and struggles. Characters who fit this profile are not bad simply by the nature of these traits and real people like them certainly do exist. The problem with these characters is that they are incomplete representations of the autistic community. Autistic women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, senior citizens, people with additional disabilities, and even people whose interests and abilities do not fit the rude math and science genius mold are left out of the narrative. This exclusion is frustrating at best and actively harmful at worst.