I have a crush* on Mindy Kaling

* don't say "girl crush."  Mindy hates that.

(I have a crush on you too, Tina Fey, but you are already taken.)

In addition to absorbing her first book in 2 days and watching her show every week, I am social media stalking Mindy Kaling.  I'm picking up what she's putting down.  I'm a devoted fan.

I'm not ashamed.  She's funny as shit.

Sure, there's probably a million people who love Mindy and her work.  But this is my blog and I get to say whatever I want.

Here are more reasons I heart her:

1.  She shares situations where she felt embarrassed/intimidated/afraid/timid in a self-deprecating way and you can instantly relate to her.  I feel embarrassed/intimated/afraid/timid on a daily basis.

2. "The Mindy Project" (which Mindy writes, produces, acts in and sometimes directs) is smart, funny and relevant TV.  You can't say that about many other sitcoms these days.

3.  She appreciates just laying low and watching TV.  She's into shows like The Sopranos, House of Cards and Breaking Bad.  (Me too!)

4. This:


5.  She's not afraid to dig her heels in to defend her opinions in a male-dominated industry.  That takes balls.

6.  I know she doesn't want to hear this, but she is a role model.  She's proof that you don't have to be a size 2 (or strive to be a size 2) to be smart, beautiful, fashionable, sexy, hysterical and wildly successful.

7.  She can rock a funny yet motivating public speech (she gave the commencement address to the graduates of Harvard Law School this spring. View her speech here.).  That is totally on my bucket list (the speech part, not the Harvard part).

8.  She's obsessed with justice.  I dig that.

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9.  She always looks fabulous.  From head to toe.  She inspires me to wear colors other than black and gray.

10.  Because this was her response to Lena Dunham during a Rolling Stone interview when asked what inspires her about other women:

"I love women who are bosses and who don't constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don't ask, 'Is that OK?' after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like 'mark my words' like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that? I love mothers who teach their children that listening is often better than talking. I love obedient daughters who absorb everything—being perceptive can be more important than being expressive. I love women who love sex and realize that sexual experience doesn't have to be the source of their art. I love women who love sex and can write about it in thoughtful, creative ways that don't exploit them, as many other people will use sex to exploit them. I love women who know how to wear menswear."  Word.

Read the full interview here.

Do you want to have coffee sometime Mindy?

And yes, I am straight.