It's You Girl And You Should Know It: Your Mary Tyler Moore Open Thread
There is something profoundly heartbreaking about losing Mary Tyler Moore today, at a time when it seems like we're in danger of losing so much of what she represented to millions of women across the country to the Ted Baxters of the world. When it seems less and less likely that we will, indeed, make it after all. It feels like we're losing something bigger than just a television star.
Mary Tyler Moore was a profound badass. She filled her writers room with women and created a show about a woman focused on her career instead of on finding a man, and although (like Moore herself) Mary Richards never explicitly identified as a feminist, she sure as hell was one. She took birth control, fought for equal pay, and, well, she had spunk.
This is silly, but whenever I am having a bad day, I listen to the Joan Jett version of the Mary Tyler Moore theme song and pretend that it is about me. I highly recommend this as a form of therapy/self care.
I love that Mary Richards never got married, I love that she created a new normal for women in general, I love that Mary Tyler Moore herself created a new normal for women in television, I love the fact that the show was above all, so very, very hopeful.
But anyway -- here's to Mary, who is with Chuckles now. We toss our hats to you!
Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse