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Necessary Roughness

I was home sick yesterday and the daytime TV options were slimmmm pickings. I decided to forgo the ANTM marathon, I cannot tolerate the ladies of The Talk, and Guy Fieri and his backward sunglasses only entertain for so long.

So I tried USA’s new Necessary Roughness out of sheer love for Callie Thorne (and because three episodes were available…) Thorne plays a stellar crazypsychobitch on Rescue Me and she was McNulty’s wife on The Wire. Double win. The premise sounded fun (a divorced Long Island therapist starts counseling members of a pro football team). Seemed like good sick-on-the-couch fare.

It’s full of gems like this: Did you know that when picking up men at bars, an appletini says fun, while a vodka martini says bitter? And two olives? Emasculating. Who knew?

Or conversations like this:

Dr. Dani (Thorne): Ma! he cheated on me! More than once!

Ma: But less than Tiger Woods!

When she gets hassled by her new boss for attending Hofstra University instead of a fancy Ivy League, she responds:

“I was accepted at NYU and Columbia doctoral programs but declined because I had two small children to carpool and a husband who expected dinner on the table.”

So we’ve got cheating bastard husband, rebellious teenage children, a couple of professional football players… and Mark Blucas. I think I might give it another try. Plus, Thorne is just really amusing when she gets worked up…which is a lot.

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Sunday Scraps 17

1.BODY/MEDICINE: The American Medical Association is officially putting photoshop on the shit list, “We must stop exposing impressionable children and teenagers to advertisements portraying models with body types only attainable with the help of photo editing software.”

2. MONOGAMY: Dan Savage and his controversial (but refreshingly rational) views on monogamy are profiled by Mark Oppenheimer for the New York Times.

3. WORDS: Katie “Jordan” Price is a British tabloid star (think Paris Hilton with giant boobs). This letter she wrote about her disabled son is powerful, eloquent, and totally surprising. Color me embarrassed for judging the book by its silicone cover.

4. GAY/MONEY: Slate‘s June Thomas profiles the interesting economic challenges of running a gay bar. How do you run a business when you cater to only 10% of the population?

5. WORK: Mike Rowe hosts “Dirty Jobs,” that show about farmers castrating pigs and oil rig employees. His TED Talk about his changing views on the nature of “work” is really good (and not only because he’s damn sexy).

6. TRAUMA: The internet went a bit bonkers this week over Mac Mclelland’s explosive personal essay, “How Violent Sex Helped Ease my PTSD,” about her experiences reporting from Haiti and overcoming the subsequent trauma. Other journalists called foul, accusing McClelland of narcissism and trivializing the real victims. This letter against the piece was signed by a laundry list of activists and writers, including Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat.

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