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2014: The Year In Jenna Marbles Being Weird

Jenna Marbles is one of my greatest pleasures. My thoughts on Jenna Marbles are almost unequivocally positive. I started watching her channel when she posted “Some Idiot/How Sports Bras Work” about Yuksul Aytug’s truly idiotic comments about female Olympians and have watched every single main-channel video since then. Jenna Marbles is basically the highlight of my mid-week.

And I get that she says stuff that doesn’t seem particularly enlightened to leftists and feminists and people who are invested in social justice. She got reamed after making a video called “Things I Don’t Understand About Sluts,” and I totally agree with the objections to that video, but I don’t know. At the same time, I find it tremendously condescending when the feminist movement (as much as that’s a thing) singles out a woman for “internalized misogyny” and decides to tell her what she should be thinking, if she would just enlighten herself and get on their level. The same thing happened this week with Beyoncé’s 2014 retrospective video “Yours and Mine,” because she said that men and women balance each other out, and defined herself as a feminist and humanist in a way that many feminists and humanists believe is naïve (at best, and ignorant at worst). It’s a demand for female public figures to be perfect feminists — as majority feminism would have them be — straight out of the gate, and it gives no slack, leaves no room for growth, and turns women who are powerful, outspoken, self-possessed, and confident away from feminism. Just look at Amanda Palmer, who just last month decried a “radical, violent brand of feminism” that, let’s be honest, a lot of feminists who consider themselves (OK, ourselves) “moderate” have engaged in, in some capacity. Keep reading »

Christmas Crunk: 11 Cocktails To Inspire Holiday Cheer

Goodness knows the holidays can be stressful for a lot of reasons — shopping, spending time with your family, travel, being needled into conversations you don’t want to have, attending parties when you’re an introvert and would really just like to stay home but you don’t want to insult your friends, and so on, and so on. To help you unwind and cheer up, here are 11 cocktails that taste like Christmas and help you get past your anxiety-inducers and find the reason for the season! (If the reason for the season is delicious booze.)

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2014: The Year In Celebrities Who Inspire Love/Hate

We expect celebrities to be perfect, either in that they’re totally loveable or totally detestable — but so often, that isn’t the case. Check out our gallery of celebrities who were polarizing in 2014, but who aren’t always what they’re made out to be.

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2014 Was The Year Of Outrage

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  • Check out Slate’s comprehensive interactive calendar of everything that has outraged us this year, day-by-day. [Slate]
  • Sony CEO Michael Lynton apologized for claiming in a hacked e-mail that alcohol is to blame for sexual assault and that assault rates haven’t increased (they have). [Daily Dot]
  • An Uber driver has been accused of kidnapping and raping a rider in Boston. [Boston Globe]
  • A South Carolina judge decided, 70 years after the fact, to clear the name of Black 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., who was executed in 1944 for a murder without even being granted an appeal. [The State] Keep reading »

This Judy Garland GIF Sums Up All My Feelings On #MeninistTwitter

Buzzfeed just posted a collection of #MeninistTwitter tweets, and the hashtag is such a hot mess of contradictory motives, logical fallacies, and bad rhetorical skills that I actually consider it beneath a formal response. My only addendum to Judy’s total lack of interest is that if you’re going to make an argument in the English language, you should probably make up words that actually adhere to linguistic rules, i.e. “masculist” as a response to “feminist” rather than “meninist,” which means literally nothing, etymologically speaking. Keep reading »

Donate Your Voice To Help Improve Quality Of Life For People With Speech Impairments

If you really want to help other people but you’re not exactly fond of leaving your house, here’s a great opportunity: Donate your voice to VocaliD, a company that’s developing technology to match people with speech impairments who use text-to-speech devices with voices that sound more like their own. Keep reading »

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