Who are you?
I am Lady T: writer, feminist, smartass, former public school teacher, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, co-legal guardian. My hobbies include reading, writing, watching television, eating, karaoke, being a smartass, volunteering to work with people with disabilities, planning to exercise and not doing it, arguing, and insomnia. Occasionally I move away from the computer and socialize with human beings.
Why do you go by the name Lady T?
Lady T is a nickname bestowed upon me as a child by my funny and loud aunts. Only my aunts and a few of my cousins call me Lady T in real life, but it’s a nickname I’ve always liked.
You seem familiar. Where have I seen you before?
Hi, I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such other blogs as The Funny Feminist.
What’s with the new digs?
I wanted a site with my actual name and actual updated photograph attached to it so I can get a little more professional cred in the writing world. We’ll see how well that works out.
Does this mean you won’t be writing about feminism and comedy anymore?
I am definitely going to be writing about feminism, comedy, and media and TV and plays and such. I wanted a new site because a) not everything I write is focused on comedy or written in a comic tone, and b)
How often do you write new posts?
Expect two new posts every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
I left you a comment and you never replied. What’s up with that?
Here’s the thing: I love writing this blog, and I especially love receiving thoughtful, intelligent comments, but this blog isn’t my full-time job. In fact, it’s not a job at all. I currently don’t make any money off of doing this. Meanwhile, I have some freelance writing assignments, a draft of a novel (or several) that’s not going to edit itself, and an actual full-time job that includes a 4-hour commute every day. I try to respond to comments at the end of every week. If I miss yours, I apologize. Please don’t take it personally and feel free to continue commenting.
I tried to leave a comment but it says I need my comment approved by the moderator before it will show up publicly. What’s up with that?
That is a built-in security measure to keep trolls from pooping all over my comments section. If you’re a first-time commenter and I make your comment public, your subsequent comments will show up without needing my approval, unless I decide to mark one of your comments as spam.
Isn’t that censorship?
You could call it that, but you’d be wrong. I’m not preventing you from saying whatever you want. I’m preventing you from saying whatever you want on my blog.
What is a troll?
A troll is someone who leaves nasty, rude, or ridiculous comments to attempt to start a fight or provoke the bra-burning feminist with hairy armpits into getting angry. Someone who disagrees politely and thoughtfully is not a troll, though sometimes trolls come by with the guise of politeness and quickly descend into habits like mansplaining and patronizing talk.
Do you really have hairy armpits and burn bras?
Not at all, but I do have hairy bras and burning armpits. It’s a lot more painful but I think it makes more of a statement.
Why are some of your posts tagged “politics schmolitics?”
I care about politics, but you won’t see me writing about them too often here. I only write about specific political issues when I need to get something off of my chest. The “schmolitics” part is not to dismiss political issues as unimportant, but to indicate that, while I’m pretty well-informed, I’m not an expert, and these are just my opinions.
And “white girl talkin’ about racism?”
I am anti-racist in addition to being feminist, but as a white person, there’s only so much that I understand about racism and the history of it. This is a way for me to talk about racial issues without claiming to be an expert, because I’m not one.
What’s your opinion about misandry and reverse racism?
Why were you so hard on that one episode of Community when there are so many worse shows out there?
I don’t spend time watching shows that are “so much worse” than Community because that wouldn’t be any fun for me. I am much more likely to criticize a piece of art that I love and admire than one that I dislike or find boring.
I don’t understand.
It’s simple: I hold writers that I admire to a high standard. If they screw up, I’m going to call them out on it – not to be a troll, not to trash them, but to offer an alternative viewpoint and let them know I expect better.
Why do you spend so much time analyzing this stuff? They’re just stories. Or they’re just jokes.
Stories and jokes are not written by people who live on Mars in a cave with their eyes shut and their fingers in their ears. Stories and jokes reflect and influence cultural attitudes and beliefs. If stories and jokes didn’t matter, children wouldn’t name Harry Potter or Princess Leia as their heroes, liberals wouldn’t quote The West Wing when trying to prove a point, and conservatives wouldn’t quote South Park.
But I like South Park!
So do I. In fact, I would rather watch South Park over The West Wing every day of the week and twice on Sundays. I probably have more in common with Aaron Sorkin’s political views than with Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s, but I find Parker/Stone’s work much more entertaining. My political beliefs don’t always align with what I find entertaining or amusing.
I have a suggestion for a movie/TV show I think you should watch or a book I think you should read. Where can I contact you?