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Why can’t I hate “The Americans”’ Elizabeth Jennings?

Likability, well on its way to becoming a dirty word, is on everyone’s lips these days: Why aren’t Anne Hathawayand Taylor Swift likable? Why are Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis? What does it matter if Hannah Horvath or Amy Jellicoe is unlikable, so long as they are interesting? Why are women, both real and fictional, constantly being assessed for likability while men doing similar things get a pass? And what is with our current, not gender-specific cultural obsession with the unlikable anyway? And with making the unlikable lovable?

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