Ovaries Before Brovaries: Why Leslie Knope Is My Feminist Icon

April 2, 2015 9:23 PM

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Ovaries Before Brovaries: Why Leslie Knope Is My Feminist Icon

I recently finished binge-watching all seven seasons of Parks and Recreation on Netflix, and I'm not sure how to handle myself now that my time in Pawnee, Indiana has officially ended. While witnessing the entire Parks and Recreation department battle Pawnee's everyday mishaps was entertaining, nothing could possibly top watching Leslie Knope tackle the patriarchy. She clashes with Pawnee's conservative, small town mentality on multiple occasions, but is still determined to fight for what she believes in, whether its advocating safe sex for senior citizens or backing a controversial gay penguin marriage.

Leslie Knope is the feminist icon we so desperately need. She's spunky, optimistic, and driven. She doesn't let anything interfere with her goals. She's a politician whose passion for her position in government is contagious. She strives to solve Pawnee's problems without breaking her code of ethics...

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