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Clemson’s Title IX Training Program Suspended Over Privacy Concerns

Stories like this drive me crazy: Clemson University was forced to pull a well-intended Title IX training program for their students because it included a survey about student sexual behavior that was ostensibly anonymous but required the students to be logged in with their student IDs.

A few thoughts: First, could they sacrifice design and just make a Google form? It’s easier to make that anonymous and you can still hand the data over to a third-party company to analyze. Second, could they make the survey optional? Third, did they bother to explain why they were asking the students about their sexual histories before the survey began? Keep reading »

Watch LisBug’s “Shake It Off” Parody About YouTube Comments

"Go climb back in your mama's vag"

This parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” from YouTuber LisBug — about the crappy comments on her YT videos — is just what I needed to see. I’ve only just started bothering with YouTube and have gotten nothing but gross comments on my videos. These, for instance, were posted on a video about how to efficiently cut cantaloupe: Keep reading »

10 Beers To Drink In Case You Care That Pabst Is Being Bought Out By A Russian Company

OH NOES! Pabst Brewing Company is being bought out by Russian company Oasis. This doesn’t just mean that the Russians will own PBR — they’ll also own Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, and Colt 45. No one knows what this will mean for American fans of horrible, horrible beer, partially because it’s probable that nothing will change on the consumer’s end, but I’m just going to go ahead and speculate that there will never be any PBR for Americans ever again anyway, because it amuses me to do so.

I don’t think it’s that much of a loss, honestly. There are bars in Chicago that have been charging four dollars for PBR. FOUR DOLLARS. FOR THAT RANK PISS-WATER. The first time I drank beer, I had Left Handed Milk Stout, and I’ve pretty much stuck to that and Revolution’s Eugene Porter since then. (OK, Domaine DuPage is really good, too.) (And Bell’s Two Hearted.) (And everything from Half Acre.) (YEAH I DRINK LOCAL I’M A HIPSTER OK WHATEVER.) But I finally broke down and had PBR at a pre-party for a play because they were giving it away for free. And, you know, when it’s free, PBR isn’t half-bad. But four dollars isn’t free. That’s highway robbery. Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Leave Male Virgins Alone

Frisky Rant: Leave Male Virgins Alone
Virginity Regrets
Regretting the way you lost your v-card. Read More »

I don’t know what it is about me that attracts male virgins. It could be that I’m vocal about just not giving a rat’s ass what people choose to do with their genitals (up to the point of criminality, obviously). I don’t care if people are gay or kinky or asexual or if they’ve slept with a hundred people. Not my biz. What people do or don’t do with their peens and vags doesn’t reflect on their character; the way that they approach their sexuality does (that is, preferably with respect and a sense of safety and responsibility).

So it kind of — OK, more than kind of — pisses me off that there’s a stereotype of male virgins as being necessarily not manly or masculine or cool. First of all, not having dipped your wick in a lady’s cooter doesn’t make you or not make you anything. And, of course, there’s the issue of vaginas or sex in general being transformative, as if having sex will make a man or break him. It’s a dangerous idea because it makes sex into something to be attained from somebody — sometimes at any ethical cost — rather than a fun and caring experience that two (or, hey, maybe more) people can share. Keep reading »

New Hero: Jasmine Tridevil, Three-Boobed Badass

New Hero: Jasmine Tridevil, Three-Boobed Badass

A woman in Tampa got a third breast cosmetically added to her chest à la “Total Recall,” and that would be cool enough on its own, but her motivation makes it even better: “I got it because I wanted to make myself unattractive to men. Because I don’t want to date anymore.”

YAAAASSSSSSS ALL HAIL JASMINE TRIDEVIL! Keep reading »

“Teens React to Anaconda” Is Making My Head Hurt

Seriously, we can do better

The most telling part of this “Teens React to Nicki Minaj — Anaconda” video is at 9:27: “Please, Nicki, change!”

I’m not even sure how I feel about the fact that Teens React put a bunch of high schoolers in a position where they’d have to choose to engage or not engage with a hypersexual video, and therefore their own sexuality, in front of a camera. I’m probably as uncomfortable with it as they are. And I’m not sure that the conversation that resulted was worth it: Remember, these are teenaged girls who have to protect their own bodies and sexual reputations, because that’s what we tell high school-age kids to do — that it’s normal to be reckoning with your sexuality, but don’t have sex! Be attractive, but don’t flaunt anything, or else if you get hurt it’s your fault. Could any of these girls really say “Yeah, I’m OK with this video” in such a public forum with any honesty? Keep reading »

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