Downton Abbey

‘Downton Abbey’ Won’t Stop Infantilizing the Servants

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Since the deaths of the two most outsider members of the Crawley clan in the third season of Downton Abbey, I have grown more and more skeptical of Julian Fellowes’ soap opera of manners. And yet, there I sat, tuning in to the premiere this past Sunday, and cringing while I tweeted about how embarrassingly bad it was, with particular emphasis on two plots involving the sex lives of its characters.
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Which 2015 Book Should You Read While Your Favorite TV Show Is on Hiatus?

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The holidays are upon us, and unless you really love spending time with your family, you’re probably in need of a distraction. Especially since that greatest of contemporary cultural distractions — television — will be a wasteland of reruns and ’80s Christmas movies until January, why not pick up a new book that touches on the same themes as your favorite on-hiatus show?
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30 Best Pop Culture Spinsters

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The word “spinster” refers to an unmarried woman, and is most often synonymous with the stereotype of the past-her-prime old maid, a woman who hasn’t made a good match and who’s doomed to live an unfulfilling life. Well, that’s just stereotypes talking, because… hey, what’s wrong with that, exactly? The answer is absolutely nothing. Pop culture has given us some pretty great spinsters (although on average they do fall within a specific, homogenous, moneyed, and white demographic). So here are our 30 favorite writers, artists, and fictional characters who show the freedom that comes from living an unmarried life — female characters who are defined by their wants and desires, and not characterized through the simple scrim of their relationships.
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‘Downton Abbey’ Has Finally Become the Soap Opera Its Critics Always Said It Was

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Like a town crier, I spent much of the year before Downton Abbey first aired stateside telling my friends and family, “You will watch this and you will love it.” And throughout its first two seasons, I remained a diehard follower. Should this not already be clear, I have quite the soft spot for British period drama, particularly when it takes place in a glorious Great House, is rife with class overtones, and oozes sentimentality and snobbery.
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2014, The Year We Were Angry: Links You Need to See

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Social media is good for a few things. It’s good for seeing pictures of high school friends. It’s good for learning that those friends have babies now, and that those babies all look alike. It’s also good for hearing about those friends’ vacations, and how great they were. It’s even better for ranting about things you hate (like seeing pictures of your friends’ vacations), regardless of whether or not they really warrant feelings strong enough to be considered “hate.” 
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