The Gorgeous Ladies of Pajiba (GLOP) are taking a much deserved day off today both in celebration of International Women’s Day, and to illustrate what Pajiba is like without women. Spoiler: It sucks. Did you know that over 50 percent of our writers are female? Because that doesn’t really tell the whole story, because of the frequent every day writers here, it’s more like everyone except myself and Petr are female, and Petr and I are also missing our copy editor (which is probably apparent in my posts today).
Anyway, this was going to be a longer appreciation post, but ironically without the women, I don’t have time to devote to a longer post. I just want to say that we would be nowhere without the women writers here, both past and present. It’s women like Agent Bedhead/Kimberly Ricci and Stacey Ritzen (the news editor and web culture editor, respectively, at Uproxx now), the brilliant, intellectual heavyweight Ranylt Richildis, and the extraordinary Cindy Davis (now at Oohlo) who helped put this site on the map. Joanna Robinson and Courtney Enlow literally saved the site by transforming it into a clever feminist outfit. Vivian (now at The Mary Sue) kept us going after Joanna left and ended each day for us for nearly 3 years. Sarah Carlson, who doesn’t contribute as much anymore, has nevertheless been around longer than anyone here and writes a helluva TV recap. Genevieve has been writing the TV listings every weekenight for eight years, and we have watched her evolve into a fantastic writer (and GoT book reader recapper). Bekka — who is over there on the sidebar (if you’re reading from your laptop) beckoning you to buy a t-shirt, has managed to keep spirits high behind the scenes as we entered the Trump era. Jodi tirelessly fights through her anxiety and anger every damn night to be here, despite a day job and a family she cares for. Emily still manages to find time to post every morning despite grad school (and the finals she’s currently enduring). We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have amazing new contributors Victoria, Clare, and Hannah write for us, and I hope they’re around forever. Lainey has been fixing our shit for nearly a year now, in the midst of changes in her personal life (both great and sad), and she’s done a great job with Pajiba Love since Court’s departure. I like to think of Kristy and Rebecca as new generation of Joanna and Courtney, and those two work their goddamn asses off both here and with several other outlets, and it’s mindboggling to me how much great, creative, original work they continue to produce both here and elsewhere around the Internet every damn day. I mean, the truth is: People aren’t paid particularly well here. We don’t have a big budget — the women who write for Pajiba do it on top of everything else in their lives. It’s insane that they find the time for it.
There’s many others, too, very much worth mentioning — Riley, Amanda, Seastar!, Jasmine, Kylie, Geek Girl Diva, Kathy, and Nadia — who have helped make this site what it is, not to mention the thankless efforts of Nicole, Tamatha, and mswas, who have kept the Cannonball Read running for years. I’m sure I’m forgetting someone, and I’m gonna feel like an asshole about it, but the point stands: We’d have gone under seven or eight times over the years without the effort, talent, humor, and creativity of the female writers.
I should also add that several of the women mentioned above are currently in our Slack channel right now discussing what threesomes with Donald Trump, Piers Morgan, the Trump sons, Bill Maher, and Milo Y. might be like. That will probably turn into a horrifying post soon.
I’m not sure how they got there, but it somehow began with this photo of Jeff Goldbum from Thor: Ragnarok and the headline above, which I stole from Rebecca.
Oh yeah! We’re here for Pajiba Love.
Joanna is still tending to the garden of Game of Thrones’ theories, this one about a certain season 7 character. (Vanity Fair)
Kristy has a timely post about 15 women who deserve their own biopic. (Mental Floss)
Rebecca is spending the day celebrating the blue lip guy from Dungeons and Dragons. (SyFy)
Victoria has our first look at the Supergirl/The Flash crossover. (Nerdist)
Vivian explores what Donald Trump sees when he looks at Twitter. (The Mary Sue)
Kimberly tells us about Trump’s company snatching up trademarks for escort services in China. No, really. (Uproxx)
Cindy, as she often is, is celebrating Gillian Anderson on International Women’s Day. (Oohlo)
If you’re in Austin, Nadia keeps up with the food scene out there. (Eater)
Stacey is covering new art for season three of Better Call Saul. (Uproxx)
And finally, did you guys see Kristen Stewart’s new blonde buzzcut? No? I kind of dig it. (Lainey)