The Last Man on Earth’s Latest Story Line Was Refreshingly Empowering
Not every post-apocalyptic story has to be depressing. The Last Man on Earth presents a future where only a handful of survivors are left in North America after a virus strikes. That’s pretty grim, but the show consistently manages to stay comedic — and decidedly not dystopian. Sunday’s episode, “Release the Hounds,” continued the show’s story line about a tricky issue: whether the remaining adults will have children. It’s a valid question, and The Last Man on Earth took a refreshingly empowering stance.
The Last Man on Earth’s baby-fever discussion also presents a stark contrast to another popular TV show about repopulation. In The Handmaid’s Tale, the birth rate has declined to the point where women who’ve had children (and are thus known to be fertile) are forced to carry children for other people, against their will. Ostensibly, it’s regarded as an honor and an important duty. In reality, it strips them of their personhood.
The Handmaid’s Tale exists in a time where population decline is so dire that people are trying to steal babies from hospital wings. The methods are barbaric, but adoption and fertility treatments don’t appear to be options in Gilead, so the society has turned to using the so-called handmaids to ensure that there is a next generation.
On The Last Man on Earth, the experience is just the opposite. When January Jones’ character, Melissa, decides that she doesn’t want to have a child, the rest of the group respects her decision instantly. Despite the fact that the only three babies born in the post-virus world are biologically female, no one tries to convince Melissa that she needs to have a child for the future good. Instead, the episode focuses largely on Todd, Melissa’s husband, and his disappointment over potentially not being able to become a father. For a few minutes, one could even forget the tragic future the story is taking place in, and see Todd and Melissa’s disagreement as one that a typical couple might have, minus the everyone-is-dead setting.
Without even addressing it directly, The Last Man on Earth presented a post-apocalyptic future where women still have complete agency over their own bodies and decisions. Yes, it would help the group repopulate the area if they kept having more babies. But it’s still each woman’s decision whether she wants to have children, no matter what the surrounding circumstances are. The fact that the group respects that presents a nice beacon of hope, especially compared with the gloomy future depicted in The Handmaid’s Tale. Wherever the United States is headed, it’s nice to see at least one fictional future that’s not all doom and gloom.
(photo via Kevin Estrada/Fox)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)