When your dad works for Dreamworks, a few perks come along with it — like being transformed into an action hero. Daniel Hashimoto, a Dreamworks animator, has put together a series of videos of his three-year-old son James that he’s infused with special effects. The videos are an adorably wacky idea, but I’m mostly jealous that James got to play a much more intense version of hot lava than I played as a kid. [Laughing Squid]
World War II’s real-life Rosie the Riveters look a lot like the ads themselves — only way cooler. Rosie first came to be as a character in 1942, and during the war, three million women worked at plants building tanks, guns and aircraft bombers. The campaign didn’t exist solely to motivate women to work — a lot of effort was also put into encouraging men to accept the idea of their wives taking on jobs in male-dominated industries, because apparently, some dudes at the time had a serious problem with it. A lot of us heard about this stuff in fifth grade history class, but what I didn’t know is that there are lots of real pictures of these hard-working ladies out there. I always associated the women’s war effort with those famous propaganda posters, but the real-life photos preserved by the Library of Congress are way more interesting to look at (and I know it’s not the most important part, but I have to admit, I freaking love their style). The pictures make me stop and think in a way that my childhood textbooks could never quite conjure up. As much as the turbulence of today’s world scares me, I can’t fathom what it must have been like to make the kinds of tough choices these ladies did in a time that was even more uncertain than right now — and in a society that was much more closed off to women. Keep reading »
Today in Animals Doing Weird But Oddly Endearing Things: Bibia the cat loves tapping his paw on anything made of paper. Once a newspaper or paper bag is in front of him, he touches it over and over and over again repetitively Really, it’s almost like Bibia has got kitty obsessive-compulsive disorder. Maybe Bibia likes the sound of his paw brushing against it? One thing’s for sure: this kitty can’t stop, won’t stop. [Laughing Squid]
Laura Jane Klug, a fifth grade substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas who also happens to be transgender, was suspended on Tuesday after parents complained to the school.
According to one Lumberton father:
“If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don’t feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there’s an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group.”
The scariest part? Discriminating against teachers based on gender identity is entirely legal in the state of Texas. Keep reading »
“I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”
Beyonce told Out magazine that she wanted to get us thinking about sexual liberation when she recorded her latest album. I’m still not sure how I feel about some of Bey’s messages. I hate whenever someone says that women “should” do something as a blanket statement, but I think she’s coming from the right place. And at least she’s encouraging a dialogue about feminism and female sexuality and expression. [Out Magazine] [Photos: Santiago & Mauricio/OUT Magazine]
Justin Jedlica, also known as the Human Ken Doll, has a problem with Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova, who he calls his “arch-nemesis.”
I’m getting a crazy flashback to that time when I was six and made my Barbie kick Ken out of the Dream House.
Jedlica and Lukyanova have met in the past, and Jedlica recently told GQ:
“She’s a cute girl…I don’t really get her. I don’t get why people think she’s so interesting. She has extensions. She wears stage makeup. She’s an illusionist…Unlike me, who has spent nearly $150,000 permanently transforming myself into a human Ken doll, Valeria just plays dress up. But as soon as you wipe away all that makeup, she’s just a plain Jane and there’s absolutely nothing special about her.”
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Magician Rick Lax knows all kinds of nifty tricks, or as Gob Bluth would say, illusions. He’s probably used to receiving a major reaction from his audiences who are impressed by his skills of trickery. But in this video, Rick goes up against his toughest critics: cats. Their visible boredom as he pulls out all the stops to get their attention is a feeling of rejection every cat owner knows. After all, kitties are snobs. [Laughing Squid]
I would tell you my answer to that question, but I think you already know. [Funny Or Die]