Rebecca Vipond Brink

Taco Bell’s Cap’n Crunch Delights Are Speaking To My Mouth And Vagina

I know how the headline sounds, but seriously, does that picture not make literally everything water? Do you not have an erection from that picture? Is this just me? Taco Bell is testing out a new pastry dessert that’s basically Cap’n Crunch dough filled with “milk icing,” by which they mean, I’m sure, “icing…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 28, 2015

Watch This Series On The Reality Of Gay Conversion Therapy

VICE has finished up its three-part series on gay conversion therapy. [VICE] Erskine College in South Carolina has issued a statement that it is officially anti-gay, after two volleyball players came out at the college. [RawStory] The U.S. Department of Education has found the New York Public Schools in violation of Title IX…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015

Holy Inclusivity, Catwoman Is Bisexual!

When I was a kid, I wanted to be Catwoman when I grew up. My mom even made me a Michelle Pfeiffer-style Catwoman suit for Halloween when I was four. Now it’s closer than ever to being a reality: Catwoman is coming out as bisexual! Hooray, and welcome to the club, Selina! In Catwoma…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015

Tinder’s Problems Translate From Dating To Trading

An analyst from Morgan Stanely released an analysis this week of Tinder’s parent company, IAC/InteractiveCorp, and was able, through business-speak, to put into words exactly the issues everyone has with Tinder but hasn’t quite been able to identify. Tinder is a liability for IAC/InteractiveCorp for the following reasons, according to this analyst:  …
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015

Facebook Has Serious New Suicide Prevention Tools

Yesterday, Facebook announced new measures to help users who might be at risk for self-harm. It’s become too common that we hear stories about Facebook users who speak to their distress and end up hurting themselves or worse, and in the meantime, their friends don’t know what to do. Facebook’s new…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015

Today Is The Third Anniversary Of Trayvon Martin’s Death

Today is the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, and a crucial moment to think about what justice is for Black Americans.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 26, 2015

“That’s Not ‘Arm Flab,’ That’s Your Tricep”: On Knowing Your Own Body

I was hanging out with my friend Em last night. Em is a petite woman, a little shorter than average and naturally slender. She was asking me about weight-lifting and telling me that she liked to do tricep extensions because, in her words, as she held up her right arm to demonstrate by moving the…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton Has Some Choice Words About Silicon Valley’s Glass Ceiling

Today in Lady News, Hillary Clinton talks about tech's glass celiing, HBO is offering a fellowship for diverse writers, and there are two lesbians in the upcoming "Jem and the Holograms" movie.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 25, 2015

The Telluride Association’s Silence And The Transphobic Harassment Of Meredith Talusan

It’s been almost three months since I started looking into the case of Meredith Talusan, a trans* scholar at Cornell University who had a housing scholarship through the Telluride Association, “a nonprofit organization that creates and fosters educational communities that teach leadership and service through democratic participation.” The reaction to the original piece wa…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 25, 2015

Good Charlotte: A Young And Hopeless Retrospective

You know who was awesome? Fucking Good Charlotte, man. Good Charlotte got big in 2003, when I was 16 and was a newly-minted punk rock fan. I was listening to the Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks, a little bit of the Clash, some Ramones, and tons and tons of ska. Everyone my age had some…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 25, 2015

Take A Look Inside The Women’s Mosque Of America

Here’s a look into America’s first women-only mosque. [NBC] Finland’s national radio service is going to read the Koran on air cover-to-cover in order to “increase people’s knowledge of the Koran and Muslim culture in Finland.” [BBC] Check out this explainer about sex, intersex, and why “male” and “female” aren’t adequate categories for…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 24, 2015

“Guardians” Director James Gunn Is On Point About The Value Of Action Movies

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn is pushing back against the recent spate of criticism of action movies, now that "Birdman" has taken home the Oscar for Best Picture. In a Facebook post, he wrote: Whatever the case, the truth is, popular fare in any medium has always been snubbed by the self-appointed…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 24, 2015

“Fifty Shades” Has Turned Into A Real-Life Sexual Assault

The kink community’s warnings about “Fifty Shades of Grey”’s poor demonstration of what consent looks like in BDSM has turned out not to just be paranoid speculation: A student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Mohammad Hossain, has been charged with sexual assault following an incident in which he claimed to be “re-enacting scene…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 24, 2015

With So Many Trans Women Murdered In 2015, How Are We Not Outraged?

At least six trans* women have been murdered this year. Why are we not outraged? [The Daily Beast] Turkish men are protesting in skirts for women’s rights, in memory of rape and murder victim Ozgecan Aslan. [CNN] British Labour Party MP Rachel Reeves is dismissing claims that her pregnancy will keep her from…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 23, 2015

Pat Robertson: Women’s “Fifty Shades” Boiling-Oil Fantasies Are Promoting Sex Trafficking

Over the weekend, "The 700 Club" played a clip of an interview with Christian anti-sex trafficking activist Benjamin Nolot, speaking at Pat Robertson’s Regent University, who claimed that "Fifty Shades of Grey" is promoting sex trafficking. I’m not sure he’s seen the movie or read the book, because all it really promotes is neurotoxicity, but…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 23, 2015

Want Your Own LEGO Oscar? (Of Course You Do!)

If you want a LEGO Oscar of your own, turns out you might not have to wait long: The artist who made them, Nathan Sawaya, has gotten so much positive feedback about the statuettes presented to Oscar audience members during the performance of “Everything is Awesome” that he submitted the design to LEGO Idea…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 23, 2015

Joni Edelman: “Happiness Does Not Require Thinness; Fatness Does Not Presume Sadness”

If you haven’t read Joni Edelman’s essay on why being thin doesn’t cure sadness or manufacture happiness yet, GO DO IT. NOW. NOW NOW NOW.
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 20, 2015

PornHub Has “Fifty Shades” To Thank For Increased BDSM Searches

Pornhub has proven definitively that consumption of "Fifty Shades of Grey" translates to real-life curiosity about BDSM, with a new sets of infographics on search terms immediately following the movie’s release last week. Shocker: A lot more people are searching for BDSM and BDSM-related terms than usual. It’s women, in particular, who are suddenly way…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 20, 2015

An Analysis Of The “House Of Cards” Cryptic Teaser Trailer

Netflix has released a cryptic "House of Cards" season 3 trailer, featuring President and Mrs. Underwood as they come together from separate places in the early hours of the morning. Here’s a shot-by-shot synopsis of the 2:36 trailer, titled “The Full Quartet.&rdquo…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 20, 2015

Yes, Please, Let E.L. James Write (And Tank) The Next “Fifty Shades” Movies

So apparently, on top of the fact that conflicts with Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James pushed director Sam Taylor-Johnson to the point that she felt like she never wanted to make another movie again, James now also wants to write the script for the next movie. Oh, hallelujah! Here’s the thing:…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 20, 2015

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