Asta and Nissa.

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Woke up in a pretty cranky mood this morning. And lazy. This doesn’t bode well for tomorrow’s day o’dragon boat (forecast is rain all day – such fun!), nor today’s blog entry.

I’m pretty much enraged by this video. The intentions (getting girls to consider science as a career) is honourable, but the execution is rife with cliché, patronizing as hell, and makes it look like those probably underage girls are just in it to get with the hot Euro Clark Kent scientist guy. Ugh.

See, my tactic for earning respect (though, some days I feel like Rodney Dangerfield) is to do my job (whether my actual job or the trivia thing or just being a nice(-ish) human being). Only rarely, or maybe never, would tarting myself help me be a better person. Because Tina Fey seems to have employed this tactic, I feel it’s a good one. Except that, in my case, my work ethic isn’t as good some I’m not a multisquillionaire yet.

ANYway, the theme for today is ‘holding her own, and sometimes his too’. Men have been the dominant force in comedy for a very long time, for better or for worse, which is both fine and not fine. But after reading Rob Delaney’s blog entry about women, comedy, and how the funniest shit is generally men and women playing off each other (of course, when I went to ASSSCAT in L.A., all the performers were men – still very funny, though), I decided to throw up some clips of funny woman/man teams from a time when comedy was even more of a boy’s club than it is now. I could get into how the woman are subjugated, and marginalized into typical gender roles, but I won’t because that’s not my point (right now). Enjoy.

Don (Gene Kelly) and Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) meet in Singin’ in the Rain

Walter (Cary Grant) and Hildy (Rosalind Russell) in His Girl Friday (just the trailer – short clips are hard to find, but you should just watch the whole movie, really)

Some great lines from The Thin Man series from Nora (Myrna Loy) and Nick (William Powell)

In Bringing Up Baby, Susan (Katherine Hepburn) dupes David (Cary Grant) into helping her with her new pet leopard.

Mostly, this entry is an excuse to recommend screwball comedies from the 1930s and 40s and musicals from the 1950s. There’s was a lot of comedy gold from that time, and the male-female dynamic was a huge part of what made it such a wonderful era for wit and laughter. Seriously, go check them out.

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