The Scully Effect Continues

The Scully Effect Continues

How "The X-Files'" Dana Scully changed television forever.
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If you turn on the TV any weekday, you're likely to find a man and woman, in suits, fighting crime. With three versions "Law and Order", shows like "Bones" and "Castle" and even "Zootopia," we've come to expect it from. Before 1993, that wasn't the case.

At 24 years old, Gillian Anderson walked into an audition for Dana Scully. The Fox executives were hesitant, wanting a "bombshell" rather than the 5'3", mousy Anderson. Instead of being a sidekick and romantic interest to David Duchovny's Fox Mulder, Scully became the driving force of the show. She was passionate about her work, brilliant, strong and she never backed down. Mulder's masculinity never gave him power over the show or the partnership. With "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" following suit, crime television was changed forever.

"The X-Files" transformed the role of women in television. Prior to the 1990s, women were mothers, daughters, wives and girlfriends. Women-centric shows were either comedies or family drama. Scully opened the door for a whole new kind of woman on TV. Without "The X-Files" and Agent Scully, there wouldn't be a place for the likes of Olivia Benson, Temperance Brennan or Annalise Keating. The so called "Scully Effect" has forever changed television. Unlike the female leads on other 90's shows (think "Sabrina," "Friends," "Buffy," and "My So-Called Life") Scully presented a rational, independent, successful woman who wasn't driven by romantic interest, fame or glamor, but by a drive to discover the truth. Anderson is currently starring on "The Fall," an Irish crime drama, as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson. She's abandoned her partner and is continuing to revolutionize the role of female detectives. Gibson is more of an Annalise Keating type character than a Scully, constantly putting men in their place and running the show as only a woman can.

We rely on media for our idols and role models. Thanks to Dana Scully and Gillian Anderson, those role models don't have to be sexy or domesticated. The "Scully Effect" has not just revolutionized television, but also inspired an entire generation of young women to pursue medical, scientific, and law enforcement degrees and positions. 2016 has told us that women can be Ghostbusters, President, and maybe even James Bond.



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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?
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With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot


Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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