Two guys, a girl, and the Winter Olympics – Blogging Molly


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So, the Olympic madness is finally over.  I’m not an athlete, so I really don’t care about the Olympics… but I am a stoner, so I’ll give it a good watch here and there if the timing is right. I would also never consider myself a girly girl, but when it comes to the Olympics, I may as well be Polly Pocket.  I like to watch the pretty things.  Diving?  COUNT ME IN.  Synchronized diving?  EVEN BETTER!  I would be reluctant to ascribe gender stereotypes to which Olympic sports people like to watch– I think it probably has more to do with each individual’s knowledge of sports.  If I knew what the hell was going on during a hockey game, I may enjoy it.  But I need absolutely no background knowledge to enjoy a good synchronized dive.  

 However, the other day, while hanging out with two dudes and watching the Olympics, they were making me feel like the girliest girl who ever lived.  I tried to make my argument for diving.  They didn’t buy it.  Synchronized diving went over even worse.  Gymnastics floor routines?  I was almost kicked out of the house.  They wouldn’t shut up about hockey– I didn’t even realize hockey was a god damn Olympic sport, because it’s on in every sports bar all year round.  The Olympics is about devoting two weeks of your life to watching sports that do not exist for the rest of the year.  If I could walk into Applebees and see the Uneven Parallel Bars whenever I wanted, it really wouldn’t be nearly as exciting for me as it is for those two patriotic weeks every few summers. 

After this whole argument played out, with each of us falling embarrassingly along our gender stereotypes, we decided to resolve our dispute by smoking a little bowl.  Then what should come on the TV but the girliest sport ever: Ice Dancing. 

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The Jessie Spano Effect: Why We’re Still Afraid of Feminism

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The “Jessie Spano” Effect: Why We’re Still Afraid of Feminism in 2010
By Molly Knefel

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent much of your adulthood recovering from the disappointment that life is not like Saved by the Bell said it would be. Nerds aren’t best friends with cool kids, caffeine pills don’t get you high, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s hair isn’t even blonde. But I was born in the 80s and grew up watching the show after school, and I was too young to know any better.

Recently, thanks to the miraculous series of tubes that is the Internet, I went back and watched the show again for the first time since childhood. Despite the fact that SBTB got it wrong on a few things (caffeine pills, especially), I still think it’s a fantastic show. But there was one aspect that stood out to me this time around. In the 15 years since I last watched, I have learned a lot. One of the things I’ve learned (besides caffeine pills don’t get you high) is this wacky idea called Feminism, which is basically just the idea that all people should be treated equally regardless of gender, race, or class. And there is something more important than caffeine pills that Saved by the Bell got wrong. Her name is Jessie Spano.

Jessie, as you may remember, was a feminist. She was also an egghead, a sometimes-cheerleader, and Slater’s girlfriend. Jessie was a relatively progressive character; she used words like “chauvinist,” she thought women should be valued for intelligence rather than looks, and she cared about the environment. This reminds me of how, in high school, any time I would advocate human rights I would be called a “tree-hugger”– anyone crazy enough to love humans or women must REALLY love trees, too. But, I digress: my point is, Jessie was pretty right-on, and it’s cool that the writers of the show were willing to articulate such issues. Right? Right… except for one problem. Slater.

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