one of my favourite things about in the flesh is how the show does not only show oppression that occurs in the fictional setting, i.e. that against Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferers, but also portrays real life minorities and targets of discrimination - gay relationships, depression, anxiety, PTSD, sex work. basically, it doesn’t rely solely on metaphors and it actually bothers to represent people and issues so often under-represented.
i’m treating myself and watching the got comic con panel (it’s an hour long, here’s the link)
i love how much sophie idolises natalie and they have matching hair (obv a total coincidence ahem)
grrm clearly loves arya but also maisie and how she answered her question
also john bradley is funny and plays an important character, i wish he’d get more attention generally
lol i really appreciated someone bringing up kit wanting more male nudity and ‘what does everyone else think, do we want more male nudity on the show’ and, with no hesitation, sophie goes YESSSS and natalie’s like ‘equality!’
i found craig super annoying and awkward, s2s. i think rob mcelhenney was better tbh.
“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.
“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”
Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.
She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.
“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime
“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”
Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is set up to become the longest running comedy in network television history, though it has received very little in the way of critical acclaim and awards. The humor of It’s Always Sunny is largely crude, depraved, and shocking, perhaps closer to MTV’s Jackass than NBC’s “smart comedy” brand. The show utilizes the sort of gags and gimmicks that are usually associated with gross insensitivity that will inevitably be parroted by legions of teenage boys a la South Park and Family Guy. Yet, during an extended marathon of randomly selected episodes from the seven seasons of It’s Always Sunny that are available steaming on Netflix, I did not feel that I was made uncomfortable by any of It’s Always Sunny's innumerable offensive jokes. Obviously, it goes without saying that It’s Always Sunny is by no means a perfect show, but I have been consistently pleasantly surprised by the social conscience of its creative team. (Disclaimer: I have not seen every episode of It’s Always Sunny. I am writing this article about the technique utilized in the episodes I have seen, not about the series as a whole.)