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On “Men Who Help

Ha glad you clarified re thirsty! They keep inventing new words faster than I can keep up.

One of my fave writers, Jess Walter, often has people getting eye injuries in his writing. I always wonder what happened to him.

LOL re book orders - I'll take that as a compliment! :) Thanks for reading!

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That is all entirely true and since it was beyond the scope of the piece I really appreciate you chiming in to share your experience.

Sometimes help is not really help.

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That is true of so many things that are glamorized in media!

I really enjoy the character and the realism of her. Thanks for reading.

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Exactly! I'm so glad you read this, I had our conversation in mind when I wrote it.

Your story sounds lovely and I promise it's no stupider than writing about a couch that eats people. I'd love to read it!

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Kim may get a spinoff and I certainly hope she does.

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All that is true, but please understand that my larger point here is that women - real live ones, not fictional characters - are expected to do by far and away more than ever before and we are expected to do it all perfectly. We are supposed to have jobs, a family, keep house, exercise, look fabulous, have hobbies, be demons in the sack, create perfect bento boxes for our children's lunch and post pics of it on social media etc etc etc and it's a lot of pressure and it's a lot of work. Even if you aren't seeing it in fiction, I assure you that in real life, that message is blaring very loudly in every woman's ear since birth for at least the past 50 years from a whole lot of non-fiction sources.

I get that it was dumb to have a girl in the background jumping up and down in movies and TV. I get that there were toxic messages attached to that (but of course, at least women saw actual women in real life doing all sorts of things to counteract what they saw on screen). To replace one untrue trope with an equally untrue trope where supernatural creatures who just so happen to be female who are constantly perfect and always flawless do all the stuff singlehandedly while the men stand around going "Duh, Ralphie" with their finger up their nose or down their pants - it does nothing for me. In fact in many ways it seems very much akin to the 9 million toxic messages I'm already getting from everywhere anyway - that women have to do it all, all alone, all the time.

On “Breaking Bad: Picard

Not to my knowledge, they were usually falling all over themselves to praise him (which is why it's fun to imagine them saying it)

On “Defenders Of The Gold Bikini 2: The Fempire Doesn’t Strike Back

Right, but it was explained by "she just lost the will to live" and Sarah Jeong made a pretty good case in her original piece that that was actually what the writers intended. So that's what I'm basing my conclusion on (I had thought up till reading that piece, that the Emporer did it to finish turning Anakin to the Dark Side).

Like I mentioned in the piece I'd have very much loved to see the time spent on Anakin's angst and prophetic dreams (on a short list of my least fave plot devices) and had more interaction between Obi-Wan and Padme. Agree that would have been much better.

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Thanks for reading! It means a lot!

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no, I spent that much time and energy talking about issues and attitudes that affect women (more than half the population, WOWZERS) through the lens of fiction, but thanks for playing

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Hey, thanks for reading! :)

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There is a lot to criticize about modern feminism, not the least of which is that they seem to have all but deliberately turned themselves into such a convenient demon (by being constantly exhausting and alienating, fighting all the wrong battles over all the dumbest things) that they have all but turned into a stereotypical boogeyman for the types of people who are on full display in the comments of this piece.

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Bullpucky they have. People do not just up and die because they have a raging case of the sadz. They fight to live - often for the sake of their children - in far far worse situations than what Padme had been through and they do it ALL the time. There are women giving birth right now who have suffered all kinds of abuse and atrocity, are hungry, scared, alone, in terrible situations, and they not only survive but they fight to survive. Some people get depressed and may waste away over time, but that is OVER TIME and not "welp guess I'll keel over dead because the Republic has fallen".

Dying of a "broken heart" is a thing that happens (although it's a misleading name) but it's treatable and does not entail someone "losing the will to live." The heart actually goes into spasm, it's treatable, the robot would have detected something wrong instead of stating clearly that nothing was wrong with her, and is much more prevalent among postmenopausal women, which Padme was not.

And while I do think that one of us is blinded by their personal agenda, I really do not think that person is me.

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I get that, but this is not so much me taking potshots at low hanging fruit, but setting up a comparison with the sexism of Padme's death vs. the (IMO) non-sexism of the gold bikini, if that makes sense.

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I would go for that - that there was some connection there possibly aided and abetted by the Emporer, but as Jeong's original piece pointed out, if they had that kind of power, couldn't they have sensed Leia's presence? Couldn't they have snuffed ObiWan on Tattoine and Yoda on Dagobah? Something's just off with the physics of it all.

Thanks for reading!!

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Look at it less as prequel bashing and more as bikini-defending. :)

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Apologies for being nitpicky but postpartum depression takes several days to a week or even more to set in.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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Postpartum depression isn't fatal. Sorry, not trying to be nitpicky just want to keep that accurate since part of my issue with Padme's death in the first place is that it wasn't medically accurate.

I totally agree there are so many ways they could have done it better, and with a lot more meaning. Thanks for reading!

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Totally and the thing is, there's still a lot to talk about in feminism, but like you say many are content to simply wear patterns in the carpet. Thanks for reading!

On “Breaking Bad: Picard

It's the old question of safety vs. freedom.

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So wish they would have played with that a little more. There is so much ethical meat in the universe, it's such a waste to be stuck on the Holodeck with the safeties off.

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I kinda liked that twist (thought it might act as a constraint to up tension) but then they did absolutely nothing any different with their storylines thereafter that I ever saw.

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I think it's because so many of us watching wanted to SAY "shut up Wesley"

On “Short Story: Back to School

So good I have a knot in my stomach!! Thanks for sharing it!

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