Monday, September 16, 2013

A love letter to Leslie Knope

It's Monday and on Mondays, there's pretty much a written rule you need to start fresh with something, so I think it's about time I jumped back into the Blogtember link-up created by Jenni D at Story of My Life

 
Today's prompt is: write a love letter to someone in your life.  And okay, I could write to someone I can actually touch and talk to on a daily basis, but I think a fictional TV character is also someone in my life and when they are as awesome as Leslie Knope, they are pretty important too.

So here goes.

Dear Leslie Knope,

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Let me just say thank you. 

I'm about to get all earnest which is so not my style, but I'll do it anyway, because that's how much I care.

Thank you for being one of the best female characters on network TV. Does that sound like hyperbole? Well, it's not.

I won't name-check the terrible female characters on basic cable who are boring, two-dimensional and only around to act as a foil for their zany male counterparts, because, you know, it's not their fault they are written so poorly... but, well, the landscape isn't always great.

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I mean, don't get me wrong, you aren't the only great female character on basic TV. I'm all for Liz Lemon (okay technically not on TV anymore), Mindy Lahiri, and even quirky Jessica Day. And, you know, I hear Olivia Pope is great.

But there is something so refreshing about watching a woman who is so passionate about her job and life, who's intelligent and competent, and at the same time, also someone who can be completely ridiculous and flawed.

But not flawed as in "ohmigod that's a dark secret you got there" but normal-flawed, as in sometimes you're selfish and sometimes you're a steam-roller. You know, stuff people can relate to.


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So I guess what I'm trying to say is, thank you, Leslie, for giving young women someone like you to watch on TV.

I mean I know you wouldn't call yourself a bitch, so sorry for the above gif, but it's only an ode to you in this moment:




And, most importantly, thank you for being an unapologetic feminist and valuing your relationships with other women.

Too often we are fed the notion that other women are our competition and that girls are too catty to maintain deep friendships with each other (this is where sexist bros should make a "roar" sound while holding their hand like claws). It's an idea built upon insipid and tired stereotypes and I'm glad you see through the nonsense and happily celebrate the other women in your life. 

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You're a national treasure. (Oh sorry--was that over the top?)
 
Anyhoo, thanks again and see you in a couple weeks!


 

2 comments:

  1. I've never watched this show, but I hear it's hilarious & I probably should soon lol. But you did mention Olivia Pope & she is SO my favorite female TV character EVER! (I'm crossing my fingers so hard she wins an emmy!) She's seriously the most bad ass woman who is always extremely well dressed, like what?! I need to be her.


    Okay, that's the end of my obsessive rant lol. I shall try to watch this show sometime in the foreseeable future!!! :)

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  2. I love Leslie! Not only is she super talented and incredibly funny, she just seems like a really great person to be around. She has this empowering energy about her that I can't get enough of!

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