222 posts categorized "FEMINISM"

May 21 2024
Jack Adamsing Off + Amber Rose For Trump + Joe Piscop-Oh, No! + Tony Goldwyn's Classy Chassis + MEGALOPOLIS Showdown + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: My American idol.

BELOW: Keep reading for Speedos, Trump's umpteenth lie, Tony Goldwyn's package and more ...

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Apr 12 2024
SEX & THE CITY Trashed By Gen Z, or Why Can't Young Adults Today Grasp The Concept Of Context? Comments (0)

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Everybody knows that the key to social media success is engagement, positive or negative, so forgive me if I'm a bit cynical about The Independent paying a 22-year-old named Brittany to savage Sex and the City (1998-2004), which is suddenly gaining wider exposure via Netflix.

The review, decorated with a painfully poorly scanned slide ('memba those?) of the cast from 25 years ago — a hint that we're about to witness digital shading analog — is both painfully aware and self-unaware, a review of something the writer finds so cringe that is itself so, so cringe.

Oh, honey — Brittany may not like this series, but she is definitely the Miranda.

First, Brittany thinks the ladies are “awful people — and awful friends.” I don't object to this opinion, in principle. In re-watching the show (2x) since 2004, I find Carrie shockingly unappealing. Her smoking, some of her elitist views, her need for drama, her relationship with big that comes off like a botfly meeting a host — I get it. The characters, like those on later shows like Girls, are not 100% lovable.

But ... why is that a requirement? Aren't shows entertaining sometimes because the characters are annoying and flawed? From Seinfeld to Veep to Gen Z catnip like South Park and Family Guy, emotionally intelligent consumers of entertainment should not expect good to equal goodness, and should not expect creators to constantly telegraph to viewers that their world views are in synch.

I think it's because Sex and the City presented itself as sort of the Joan Rivers (look her up) of the 30something dating scene, the show willing to say and explore the things every other show was unwilling to say and explore. As such, a young person watching it — especially a young female writer living in NYC, like Brittany — may tend to view it as a show attempting to speak for that entire experience. It's like how gay men sometimes knee-jerk reject gay shows for not reflecting their own unique experiences accurately.

In other parts of her review, Brittany reveals a frustrating tendency among Gen Zers, which is a complete unwillingness or inability to see art in context. Though she cites the many differences between 1998 and 2024, she then complains bitterly about how a show made in 1998 fails to live up to 2024's standards. For example, she's angered by the women's now-dated attitudes toward bisexuality, failing to realize that being gay was so toxic in 1998 still that everyone in their 30s (on up) by that time was familiar with a tendency for some gay people to say they were bisexual as a sort of buffer or stepping stone.

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Mar 07 2024
Nicholas Galitzine Bares All + Nikki & Dean Drop Out + New Indigo Girls Single + Julie Brown aka Medusa Raves About Madonna + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: A low-down and dirty Zane.

BELOW: Keep reading for Nicholas Galitzine, Nikki Haley, Dean Phillips, the Indigo Girls and more ...

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Oct 30 2023
Understanding Is Love: An Interview With Mary Gabriel About Her Book MADONNA: A REBEL LIFE Comments (0)

Mary-gabriel-madonna-boycultureThe book's cover image is by Deborah Feingold, from the same session that graces the rare 1984 The Quiet Storm Thai magazine. (Image via Little, Brown)

Quiet Storm 84Reading is ... hard. It takes a lot for me, English degree be damned, to sit quietly and read a book. For years, having my constantly active and attention-craving dogs, and then dog, was enough to keep me judging books by their covers alone. Then, I became as addicted to inst-ernet gratification as a person a couple of generational alphabet letters down the line from me.

At some point, I joked that I don't read at all anymore, and I may have even said so to Mary Gabriel, the acclaimed writer who has set her sights on Madonna with her new biography Madonna: A Rebel Life (Little, Brown, October 2023), because she teased me when she sent me a signed copy of her work — “I know you don't read Madonna books. But read this one. You might learn something.”

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I did and I did. The book is not filled with shockers for diehard fans/addicts, though I'm sure there are things you didn't know or forgot you know, but it is something that has been missing from the hundred or more Madonna books out there so far — a serious, sober, all-inclusive, biographical look at Madonna's life and career executed with scrupulous attention to contextualizing who she is and why that worked and works for us.

There have been a couple of interesting biographies, but I always felt they were lost in the long shadow of Christopher Andersen's dreadful best seller from 30 years ago. It was time for Madonna: A Rebel Life.

And it was time for me to quiz Ms. Gabriel about her gigantic endeavor ...

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Jul 13 2023
Fleshback: Harrison Ford Forever Comments (0)

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If you're frantically into Harrison Ford, the eternally handsome star is turning 81 (!) today, and I've got a gallery HERE.

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Jul 07 2023
Lockhart Brownlie Continues To Be Hot + Ryan Murphy: Strike-Breaker + Trans Kid Wins In Court + Giuliani To Be Disbarred? + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

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ABOVE: It's Billy Campbell's 64th! More here.

BELOW: Australian dancer, Ryan Murphy self-IDS as a strike-breaking turd, hot model, France Joli's big break and more ...

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Apr 18 2023
William Levy's Aged Beef + Stop The Steal Grifter Ali Alexander Caught Soliciting Young Boys + George Santos Running For Re-Election + Martin Duberman Reaches 90 + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: My kink is Hugh O'Brian.

BELOW: Keep reading for random shootings, gay history, aged beef and more ...

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Mar 14 2023
Paul Mescal Coming + Michael Imperioli For Trans Rights + Biden Slams Florida Anti-Trans Laws + Bank Crisis Explained + Who Did Melissa McCarthy's Makeup?! + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Russell Todd, one of the hottest men of the '80s, is now one of the hottest men in his 60s.

BELOW: Keep reading for Paul Mescal opening, Michael Imperioli for trans rights, NYC Pride announces theme and more ...

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