Lexicon Valley: Is the Term Manic Pixie Dream Girl Sexist?

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Aug. 12 2014 1:07 PM

The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro

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Actress Zooey Deschanel, an occasional “manic pixie dream girl.”

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 40: The Manic Pixie and the Magical Negro

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to arts critic Nathan Rabin, a staff writer at The Dissolve, and journalist Christopher John Farley, an editor at the Wall Street Journal, about the phrases they coined to identify two of Hollywood's most pernicious tropes.

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Mike Vuolo is a radio and podcast producer and the host of Lexicon Valley.

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