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SHOW NOTES: S02E12, "I'll Take You"

Welcome back! This week, we'd like to start off with a definition for Ruth and Claire. Feminism does not, as Ruth states, mean being accepted for who you are. Instead, feminism promotes political, social, and economic equality of the sexes. That's it! So simple! Pay attention, Fisher women.



This week, David talks about raising Taylor with the Whole Child Theory. We did some research, and it turns out—as Jenna indicates—that Whole Child seems more directed toward educators than parents. Promoted by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Whole Child approach is "an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children." Here are the Whole Child tenets, as listed on the association's website:

  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.

  • Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.

  • Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.

  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.

  • Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.

We're definitely on board with Taylor's education being supported by qualified and caring adults. We're so sad she had to leave with Keith's parents, who definitely don't seem like the type to keep this up.

It's time for some art! Henry the LAC Arts tour guide compares Billy's work to Gregory Crewdson's, which we take issue with. Crewdson is known for meticulously staging complicated scenes with gorgeous lighting, which is almost the exact opposite of what Billy does—the work we see of his is mostly either self portraits or candid photos of people who don't know they're being photographed. Here are some of Gregory Crewdson's beautifully eerie photos:


We also hear about Cindy Sherman in this episode—she's a supposed LAC Arts alum (though she actually went to SUNY Buffalo State College, since LAC Arts is a fake school). Sherman is known for her self portraits, for which she dresses up in costumes and assume different identities—apropos for this episode, since we see Claire do a self portrait series. Here are a few examples of Sherman's work:


Producer Alison was also a photography major in college and took a great many self portraits vaguely reminiscent of Cindy Sherman's. Please note that although these look like they're formatted for Instagram, they were actually shot in 2003 with a square-format film camera and printed in a darkroom. If you'd like to see more, follow her on Instagram @alison_cherry and look for the #angstycollegeselfieday hashtag.

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We've got two songs for you this week: "Sister Surround" by The Soundtrack of Our Lives and "Happy Cycling" by Boards of Canada. Get ready for a truly stellar musical episode next week.

Finally, Jenna and Caroline wonder about Murder by Numbers, which Nikolai refuses to see because it's a "girl movie". In fact, Murder by Numbers is a psychological thriller that begins with two men abducting a woman, strangling her, and planting evidence to implicate their weed dealer; Sandra Bullock, who plays  a detective, investigates the crime. We suspect Nikolai probably would've liked it, but he seemed pretty happy with Blade II (except for the whole getting dumped part... but to be honest, he was probably pretty happy about that too). 

Until next time, remember Baby Rico trying to look natural on his skateboard and imagine this.

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