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My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

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Days after Michael Brown’s death, Ferguson looks like a war zone

A vigil held for Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager gunned down by Ferguson, Mo., police on Saturday in disputed circumstances, turned into what the media described as a riot on Monday evening.

But while national coverage has focused on the indisputably counterproductive violence and destruction committed by Ferguson residents during a moment of anguish, videos and photos taken from the scene show local police aggravating the situation as well.

Years of tension have reached a boiling point

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<p>The town of Inarajan, located on the southwest coast of Guam with a population of 3,052, flicked her long red hair out her eyes and sighed. People were always telling her she was beautiful, but she...

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“The town of Inarajan, located on the southwest coast of Guam with a population of 3,052, flicked her long red hair out her eyes and sighed. People were always telling her she was beautiful, but she just didn’t see it. She examined herself in the mirror carefully. What was so beautiful about large violet eyes, long slender limbs, and the ruins of several colonial Spanish forts? Certainly she was nowhere near as lovely as her friends Tumon, a tourist hub featuring over 20 large hotels and a Duty Free Shoppers Galleria, or Andrea, who wore a C-cup. Inarajan’s mother entered, her mouth tightened with disapproval. Inarajan’s mother did not understand her. It was as though they were from two different worlds: Inarajan was just a small coastal village, and her mother was an invasive species of brown tree snake from the Phillippines. “It’s time,” said her mother. “Must I?” said Inarajan. “You must,” said her mother. She hesitated, and Inarajan thought she might say something to comfort her, but her mother merely shook her head and decimated Guam’s indigenous bird population.”

The Wikipedia Entry For Guam, Retold As A YA Novel

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21 Low-Cost Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day
There are plenty of ways to show Mom you care without breaking the bank.

A full day at the spa, but just as a spectator.
Twitter shout-out with a link to her latest mixtape.
Coupon good for 45 minutes of you lying about how your life is going.
Flowers, but bad ones.
500 Facebook links where she won’t believe what happens next.
A firm, long handshake with steady eye contact and closed-mouth smile.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in your web series.
A Danzig record, but not “Mother” because that’s a little on the nose.

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I wrote some of these too!

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21 Low-Cost Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

There are plenty of ways to show Mom you care without breaking the bank.

  • A full day at the spa, but just as a spectator.
  • Twitter shout-out with a link to her latest mixtape.
  • Coupon good for 45 minutes of you lying about how your life is going.
  • Flowers, but bad ones.
  • 500 Facebook links where she won’t believe what happens next.
  • A firm, long handshake with steady eye contact and closed-mouth smile.
  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in your web series.
  • A Danzig record, but not “Mother” because that’s a little on the nose.

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I wrote some of these too!

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