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Joey King: A Woman Working Hard To Achieve Success, But Staying Humble And Kind While Doing So

Variety’s ’Actors On Actors’ is now on season 20. Most of the time, the program brings two actors who never met together for a conversation on their mutual love for acting, but there have been some exceptions, such as last season when they brought Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt together to speak of their time on ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ This season, Variety brought Joey King and Taylor Zakhar Perez together. The duo starred in ‘The Kissing Booth’ franchise together and are now best friends. Their beautiful 40 minute conversation brought me to ask questions. One of them being, how does one successful woman stay so humble and kind in such a male-dominated world? Let’s discuss…

Harrison Butker: A Disaster Waiting To Happen When A Man Dictates A Woman’s World Based On His Beliefs…?

My previous post was all about J.Lo. Let me tell you, Jennifer Lopez is the mere definition of a businesswoman and a working woman. She’s not one to stay home and be a housewife. Even with her cancelling her tour will not mean that she’ll completely stop working. But I don’t want to continue talking about Jennifer Lopez and her marital problems. Instead, I want to discuss American Football kicker Harrison Butker, and the recent commencement speech that he made at Benedictine College, because writing my previous post made me think of him and that speech. In his speech he debunked President Joe Biden’s support for abortion rights and encouraged women, the female graduates, to ditch their plans to be working women in order to become full-time homemakers. His speech wasn’t only sexist, but homophobic as well. In part, his speech included his closing statement, ‘Never be afraid to profess the one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church. … I believe this audience and this venue is the best place to speak openly and honestly about who we are and where we all want to go, which is Heaven.’ Was he even the right person to be asked to make a speech in the first place? And if not him, then who would be a good fit? Let’s discuss…

Jennifer Lopez: How Can One Career Path Fail And The Other Thrive For A Woman?

Writing about Diddy in my previous post reminded me that he once dated Jennifer Lopez many moons ago, before she ever met Ben Affleck. Jennifer Lopez has been in the news A LOT lately; practically every day. Just this year, she had an album come out, a musical film to go with it, a documentary, a (cancelled) tour, and a movie. Now, her marriage to Ben Affleck is in trouble. We know this because at one point, they hadn’t been photographed in 47 days, and their marital house is on the market. But her marriage isn’t what I want to talk about. Instead, I want to discuss why her music career is failing, but her movie career is thriving. It has a lot to do with her marriage, so I guess we will still be discussing her marriage to Ben Affleck…

Diddy & Cassie: The Very Problematic Ways Society Supports Women Against Domestic Violence

Diddy has been having a hard time as of late, and rightfully so. After his ex-girlfriend, Cassie, filed a lawsuit against him, his life hadn’t been the same. The lawsuit was settled within a day, and Diddy thought he ended that chapter of his life. But then came the video of him being abusive to Cassie; a video in which he was punching and kicking Cassie at a hotel in 2016. The video was proof enough that Cassir wasn’t making things up. But did we ever doubt her in the first place? As the video surfaced and everyone in the world watched it, or at least knew of it, Cassie received so much support from her friends, colleagues, and strangers. But it was the statement that her husband, Alex Fine, posted that was the problematic one, and it’s one that can be compared to the support Amber Heard received from her lawyers during and after the 2022 Depp V Heard trial…

Nicholas Galitzine & Taylor Zakhar Perez: How Is Queer Love Any Different Than Any Other Love?

‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ was the blockbuster of the summer of 2023. It was the most groundbreaking queer love story ever told. It was a love story between a British Prince and The First Son of the United States. It was a beautiful love story that showed a genuine love between two men that were in a very healthy relationship with each other. But the question remains: Is queer love really any different than any type of love? It’s a question that reporters can’t stop asking, especially since both actors portraying them are straight. But does one’s personal life and their choice of who they love make them less of a person? Let’s discus…

According To Anne Hathaway’s Career: Do Women REALLY Need Men In Their Lives?

With the release of her new movie, ‘The Idea Of You’, which co-stars Nicholas Galitzine and is available to stream on Amazon Prime, I got to think about and analyze Anne Hathaway’s career over the years – from her early days when she starred in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, also starring Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt, up to now. Particularly, her recent interview with Vanity Fair, where she looked back at some of her movies and opened up about her pregnancy loss, made me want to answer the question, ‘Do women need men?’ It’s a question that’s been asked so many times, by so many people, both men and women, over the past few decades. It’s a question that needs to be settled once and for all, but it probably won’t because it’s a sexist, demining world out there, and this is just one opinionated answer to the million dollar question. But it begs another question: Do men need women?

Robinne Lee: Why Art Made By Women For Women Is Undervalued And Considered Less Than

We’re starting to see a lot more female storytellers as of late. ‘The Idea Of You’ is just one of them. The 2021 film, ‘Cinderella’, 2022’s ‘Purple Heart’, 2013’s ‘Red, White, & Royal Blue’, as well as 2016’s ‘High Strung’ were all made by women. All these movies have another thing in common – they all star Nicholas Galitzine. ‘The Idea Of You’ is based on the 2017 novel of the same name written by Robinne Lee, who recently wrote a beautiful and inspiring essay for Time Magazine, which asks the question, What is it about art made by women and marketed toward women that makes us view it as less than—that makes us think they can’t be complex and important?’. Let’s discuss…

The Idea Of You: Why A 40 Year Old Woman Dating A 24 Year Old Man Makes Perfect Sense

Anne Hathaway has been very busy making her mark in movies. Her most recent role is Solene in the ‘Idea Of You’, which co-stars Nicolas Galitzine. Solene is a 40 year old single mom and business woman who falls in love with a 24 year boy band. The movie, which is based on 2017 novel of the same name by Robinne Lee, aims to end the stigma of an older woman dating a younger man absolutely perfectly. With that being said, it shouldn’t be seen as an issue in the first place, especially since men date younger women all the time. In fact, it make more sense for an older woman to date a younger man than an older man dating a younger woman. Let’s discuss….

Olivia Munn: Finding A Life Balance Following A Diagnosis To Be Able To Go Back To Work

Olivia Munn recently bravely revealed that she had a rough 2023 as she battled breast cancer. But not before she attended the Oscars Vanity Fair party in March. We can learn a lot through Munn’s battle with cancer, both as a woman and as a mother, on navigating a new normal as a cancer survivor and going back to work thereafter. It’s certainly hard, but not impossible, and what Munn’s words made me realize is that we take such small things that we’re all able to do for granted…And there are many reasons why it’s important to remember that. Consider this as your guide if you’re going through the same or a similar situation.

Women & Health: The Sexism Women Face By Healthcare Providers In Canada

My friend and I recently had a discussion on health. More specifically, we started discussing women’s health. She and I don’t have much in common. But one thing that we do have in common is that we both have PCOS. In fact, we connected because of our shared diagnosis when initially met. In the midst of our chit chat of our shared health struggles, my friend made a really good point, and that is that women’s health isn’t taken seriously by medical professionals. There’s a certain sexism that comes with health. Her sentiment immediately reminded me of my early health struggles. No, not my early struggles with cerebral palsy; rather my early struggles with epilepsy, as these struggles I had to deal with on my own as a woman without my parents having to answer for me. It was a scary time for me, in particular. At the time, I felt that my life really depended on these health professionals that I was seeing, and I was seeing them more than I saw anyone else in my life at the time. Now, so many years later, things look different, and I want to tell you how.

Kristel Candelario: When Postpartum Depression And Distress Aren’t Good Enough Reasons For A Mother To Murder Her Child

We keep hearing on the news of cases where mothers murder their own children. Most of the time, it’s due to postpartum depression that leads to postpartum psychosis. But then again, there’s Kristel Candelario, the mother, if we can even call her that, left her 16 month old daughter for 10 days to go on vacation. Her lawyer argued that it was due to postpartum depression and her abruptly stopping in-taking medication. But is it a good enough reason for the despicable action that led to the torturous death of an innocent child? No, absolutely not. Let’s discuss…