In a story posted to its website, two scribes at men’s mag GQ argue the case for and against Zooey Deschanel, who’s having something of a moment right now with her Fox sitcom “The New Girl,” not to mention her “She & Him” LPs with M.Ward. It’s odd to see an actress who’s basically a distillation of Mary Tyler Moore’s more endearing quirks get dissected this thoroughly. But we need something to get us through the slow news cycles.
Here’s the nut graf, pro:
“Talent and ambition are terribly attractive in a girl, and damn it if Zooey doesn’t try hard to be dynamic. Also, I don’t buy this idea that, because she wears sundresses and bangs, Zooey’s somehow a male-fantasy fetish object. You might swear by Derrida and Bikini Kill, but that doesn’t mean all third-wave feminists must do the same.”
And here’s the argument against:
“Hey girl. It’s me, Sean. Exhale. I’m not here to hurt you or objectify you. Or feed you a hamburger on a sesame seed bun. I wanted you to know, you seem cool. Not like the Manic Pixie Dream Girl archetype you’ve been saddled with. You know how I know? I saw you pre-500 Days of Summer. You remember? Back when you were being all mercurial and unknowable in All the Real Girls. I saw you doing your damndest to appear slightly goth and strung out in The Good Girl, too.”
Read the full story here.