Gidget essay published at The Toast

My essay, ” ‘Just a Doll in Dungarees’: Revisiting Gidget” has been published at The Toast. Here’s a quick preview:

While I can’t pretend to know how the filmmakers intended audiences to perceive Betty Louise, called B.L., they’ve presented her in such a way that it’s difficult to not read her as a lesbian. Using initials for a girl’s name was not common in 1959 by any means. B.L. is not invited to the manhunt; she has short hair several years before the pixie cut would come into style, and in every scene, her clothing is loose, monochromatic, and without frills. Plus, look at her in that chair: legs crossed in a way that takes up as much room as possible, she lets her face slip into an inaudible scoff as she eats an apple noisily.

The essay is here and also linked under “Writing” on this site.

Books read in 2014: part ii

I KNEW YOU’D BE LOVELY by Alethea Black

 

 

 

BRAIN ON FIRE: MY MONTH OF MADNESS by Susannah Cahallan

 

 

THE COLOR MASTER by Aimee Bender

 

 

THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER by Jojo Moyes

 

 

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

 

“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer…Men actually think this girl exists.”

 

“Tampon commercial, detergent commercial, maxi pad commercial, Windex commercial – you’d think all women do is clean and bleed.”