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Things We Saw Today: Amber Tamblyn Would Like to Focus More on Women, Less on “the Redemption of Men”

Amber Tamblyn is back with another poignant New York Times op-ed. Earlier this year, she wrote about her experience with James Woods and how often women aren’t believed when they speak about the abuse they encounter. We’re entering a moment when some—many—women are starting to speak out in larger numbers, and it feels like the world is finally listening. Tamblyn’s new piece addresses how quickly many people, especially many men, seem to want to move past this uncomfortable moment and let these accused men find redemption. As Tamblyn states, though, “I’m not ready for the redemption of men.”

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It’s a great piece from start to finish, but here’s one of my favorite bits: (via NYT)

It’s a valid question. But it’s also a question that makes me deeply suspicious of its timing. Why do we need to talk about the redemption of men when we are right in the middle of the salvation of women? Not even the middle, but the very beginning? Why are we obligated to care about salvaging male careers when we have just begun to tell the stories that have plagued us for lifetimes? It seems some men like a revolution only when it’s their kind of war.

Let’s see, what else?

  • Jenny Slate just landed a book deal to write a “feminist essay and fable collection.” It sounds like it will be a mix of personal essays and misogyny allegories told through the “perspectives of other preyed-upon creatures (a deer venturing into a meadow; a globe of fruit plucked from its branch). The only bad news here is that it doesn’t come out until 2019, because I want Jenny Slate’s feminist fruit stories ASAP. (via EW)
  • No! Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are leaving American Gods over budget and creative issues. That doesn’t bode well for season 2. (via i09)
  • Over on another Neil Gaiman property, we’ve got our first look at Jon Hamm’s Gabriel from the upcoming Good Omens adaptationLook, when you’re the leader of angels you don’t have to choose between turtlenecks and scarves. You can do everything. (via BMD)
  • I don’t WANT a West Wing reboot, but I DO want Sterling K. Brown in everything, so you can see how I’m conflicted here. (via The Wrap)

What did you see out there today, you beautiful feminist globes of fruit?

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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