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Woman Crush Wednesday: Shonda Rhimes

Posted on November 04, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

Happy #WCW! This week we are crushing on television's powerhouse, Shonda Rhimes. If you haven't heard of the hashtag that takes Thursdays by storm, #TGIT (Thank Goodness It's Thursday), then you should know it's about Rhimes' stellar show lineup that night. The writer of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder constantly surprises audiences and creates well rounded characters. 

Recently we loved an interview Rhimes did with Elle Magazine via Robbie Meyers. Here are some favorite quotes: 

RM: I love that your women wear a heel, and they wear a dress, and they carry a handbag. Because, being the editor of this magazine, I feel a real bias still exists, the idea that somehow those two things can't coexist: a brain and…

SR: Enjoying nice things. My whole thing is: The beauty of being a feminist is that you get to be whatever you want, and that's the point. And you may be a person who doesn't give a crap about fashion, but maybe you do. I have a very, very large handbag collection that says I do.

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RM: In your speech to the Human Rights Campaign, you said what you're really talking about with all these characters is being alone and the basic human need to be with other people.

SR: Well, I was talking more about the idea that people wrestle with this content constantly. Is it okay to want to be alone? If you don't want to be alone, how to not be alone? What does being alone mean? Is being alone "I don't have a man who loves me"?

RM: And you can feel alone in a marriage; you can feel alone with a partner.

SR: You can be alone in a crowd. Alone is a different thing to different people. The idea that women don't know that is terrifying. When [Grey's Anatomy's] Cristina Yang left to run her heart clinic, people kept saying, Well, you've ruined her life now. As if her story was not complete because she didn't have a baby or get the guy. And I kept thinking, She didn't want a baby, and the guy didn't want what she wanted. She got what she wanted: She got a room full of 3-D printers that were going to print her hearts whenever she wanted. To her, that was joy. And for some people that couldn't be enough. I also got a lot of letters that were like, "Thank you. That's me!" But there are people who've been conditioned to think that there's one type of happiness. And we've got to teach people that there are many different kinds of happy endings.

Image Source: Entertainment Weekly via: JAMES WHITE for EW


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