Are you having a lot of feelings about Breaking Bad, Scandal, Parks & Recreation, or New Girl? Join the club. This episode discusses those four shows in-depth (including a special guest appearance by Portland's real-life Leslie Knope!), plus highlights from other fall TV we're excited about.
The title of Samantha Geimer's memoir The Girl feels both cynical and right. For the past 35 years, we've known Geimer as "the girl" in the internationally infamous Roman Polanski rape case. She was "the girl" the film director got drunk and assaulted when she was 13, "the girl" who was alternately shamed in headlines for being promiscuous or held up as a powerless victim. Finally, decades after the 1977 assault, Geimer has published her own take on the incident and ensuing media and legal firestorm.
• Indiewire looks at women in sitcoms and argues that while Jess from "New Girl" has evolved over time, Mindy from "The Mindy Project" still doesn't know who she is. [Indiewire]
• Indian Health Services finally expands over-the-counter Plan B access for Native American women to be in line with federal law (though it's still not part of their policy to make it available to all ages without a prescription). Access to emergency contraception is particularly important for Native American women because of the high rates of sexual assault they face. [Feminist Majority Foundation]
There is a wedding scene at the beginning of Andrew Dosunmu's Mother of George that exudes such richness, visual beauty, magic, and love, that I wanted to be in it. At a traditional Nigerian wedding ceremony in Brooklyn, main characters Adenike (Danai Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach De Bankole) forge a union that's blessed by elders, Orishas and full of lively music, hennaed hands, and shimmering gold fabric.
Birth control has been a lightning rod in the debate over the Affordable Care Act. There's been a lot ofmediacoverage of how Obamacare will cover birth control. But if you're still confused on how the healthcare law will actually affect your birth control options, I'm not surprised. There has been so much hubbub around lawsuits and complaints that it's hard to figure out from the headlines what the law actually says. That's why I did some research to break through the BS and lay out the details of how Obamacare will actually affect birth control coverage.