Winter is coming. Just ask Jon Snow. Drifting flakes as Bran recalls Sansa’s wedding night rape. Meanwhile. Poisoned goblets and kisses. Cersei is the most imaginative avenger. Apologies to Diana Rigg. Over at Dragonstone, Jon’s mining dragon glass as Sam saves Joran’s… skin. Khaleesi’s armed with Tyrion’s underground past. Will any of her minions last? White walkers are just over the wall. Arya better get home fast. Before the snowfall.
It’s 2017. 21st century. Yet. Women are still giddy when a man asks them to get engaged. Gets down on one knee. Gives her a diamond ring. Hmmm. Wonder why men are still considered the ruling gender. For example. How can anyone take seriously Mika who gives seminars to career women to “know your value”, when she giggily adores her co-host/lover Joe every morning. Then. Swoons like a schoolgirl when he “asks” her to get married? Like. It’s not 1970.
But. The larger point is – shouldn’t partners discuss their future plans together?! Equal value? Guess that “diamond” ceiling will not be broken soon.
Women’s movement. For some women. Not all women. Christine Lagarde spurned at Smith College graduation. Condoleeza Rice run out of Rutgers. Ann Coulter banned from Berkeley. Ivanka booed in Berlin. You don’t have to agree with all women. You just have to acknowledge that they are actually women. Okay. People. With independent opinions. Worth listening to. Then agree or reject their views.
Women. Murder. And such. The Feud had promise. Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford. Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. But. Acting so bad. Not campy bad. Just bad. Couldn’t get through the first episode. Big Little Lies. Nicole Kidman. Reese Witherspoon. Ditto. Derived from a typically insipid Liane Moriarty book. Girls. Lena Dunham’s best season yet.
Little Deaths, a murder mystery novel by Emma Flint. A Brit who has been obsessed with crime stories since she was a girl. An okay read with with a bit of a feminist agenda. Baileys Prize Longlist. Used to be Orange Prize. Both sponsors have since ditched. Why a segregated genre for women authors? Lots of women winners of Man Booker. Good writing is good.
There’s football today? Politics has overtaken the dialogue so much that Super Bowl 51 is hardly mentioned. Trump-friendly Pats owner and players the prominent topic. Not the actual game. But. Crazy Prez has brought out Lorne Michaels’ genius again. Melissa McCarthy killed it as Sean Spicer. Alec and his scary sidekick Steve Bannon nailed it. Kristen Stewart was excellent. Skits were well written. Actually watched all of SNL for the first time in years.
Dowd has taken to writing about Mrs. T. And. New Yorker article cleverly spoofs her sneaking in at the womens’ march. Let’s face it. Melania may be the most feminist first lady ever. Refusing to follow her man to the White House.
Okay. Let’s talk about New England v. Atlanta. 24-31.
Post-inauguration day. Feminist marches turned enormous historic rallies. Citizens converted shock into action. Not just women. Impressive. Too bad after Trump is sworn in. First question to all of these protesters to a person. Broken record alert. Did you vote? Second. Michael Moore agrees with me. Get rid of the old guard in the Democrat leadership. The bench is so shallow. New blood needed. But. There has to be a place to rise to. Third. Despite what you say. Trump is your President. How to change that? Run for office in counties that count. Support young candidates who can win congressional seats in 2018.
To make this movement a reality. Pragmatism trumps emotion.
Too soon? I’ve given all you TTSD sufferers prescriptions and time. So let’s look at the bright side. Dollar stronger. Markets up. Congress might get something done with Pence as an experienced liaison. DNC will get sorely needed new blood. Maybe even House leadership will shift to Tim Ryan. Liberal causes will have fund-raising paloozas. Gay rights. Black lives matter. Womens’ marches. For women who didn’t vote for Trump. All now have lots to cry and whine and protest about. Yay! Note to protesters: Next time vote.
On the entertainment front. Trump’s Presidency aside. The Affair Season 3 starts Sunday. Michelle Dockery’s new series Good Behavior is pretty good.