Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Don't Read This If You Want To Retain Any Hope For The Future

"Simon's points are well-taken, but this article is pretty damn amazing to someone like me who was in junior high when Friends was at it's peak. I won't say I knew people who overtly coveted their lives, but the disconnect and bizarre implausibility of everything was not something that we were aware of. We had no perspective on what a 20-something should be doing or how they should behave and what their lives should look like. I never realized how unrealistic it was, what terrible gender stereotypes it promoted, how problematic the relationships were — they were just funny, charming, and good-looking. It makes a lot of sense now reading this, like all of the incongruous puzzle pieces fit now that the center piece has been placed."

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KarenUhOh (#19)

"The One About the Blog Commenter Who Studied Sitcoms Instead of Grammar When Friends Was At Its Peek"

It's nice to know Friends is responsible for reductive gender roles and aspirational lifestyle obsessions. Sex in the City must be heaving a huge sigh of relief.

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