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In which I gush about how much I love Parks and Recreation

You guys, I totally love Parks and Recreation. Like, to a ridiculous degree. Please indulge me while I tell you why.

Warning: There may be some spoilers. But spoilers can enhance the story-telling process, so get over it.

I know I’m not the first enamored by the charms of Leslie Knope and her Pawnee Parks Department cohorts. I mean, come on, there’s a lot to love. Leslie is a doofy, bum-kicking government employee who just wants to do what’s best for her town. I want to be her when I grow up. And it’s always good to see ladies on television who can be silly, principled and successful, and not always the butt of the joke or the screeching harpy.

But the episode “Pawnee Rangers” in particular left me smiling like a goofy feminist (or like the anti-feminist if you believe the stereotypes). In that episode, we follow the Pawnee Rangers and the Pawnee Goddesses on a camping trip. Leslie tells us that the Pawnee Goddesses only exist because girls were not allowed to join the Pawnee Rangers.

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