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Siskel And Ebert Made The First “Tropes Vs. Women”

Now if only we could get GamerGaters 35 years caught up...

So it turns out Siskel and Ebert were cool as fuck: In this 1980 episode, they address the rash of exploitation horror movies released in the very late 70s and early 80s – and continued through the 80s — that used violence against women as the foundation for the film. I love the horror genre, and I’ve seen almost every single one of the movies that they mention in the course of the 30 total minutes of their “Women In Danger” episode, and I can verify everything they’re saying. Keep reading »

Food Blog Thug Kitchen Is Run By White People Who Think The Word “Thug” Is Funny

The creators of the vegan food blog Thug Kitchen are white and excuse me but I’m completely unsurprised. The Washington Post is saying that it doesn’t matter, and Roxane Gay is bringing up the important point that it speaks volumes that a lot of people heard “thug” and immediately thought “black.” And I get that, and I agree.

But personally, when I first saw the blog, I saw someone writing in a voice that was intentionally “black”-sounding and putting the word “thug” on it. And I thought, I don’t know who this person is, I can’t tell from the way they write who they are or where they come from, but I sure hope that it’s a black individual, because otherwise this is an offensive faux-patois they’re using to be funny, and by so doing, they’re saying that black vernacular is funny. Keep reading »

9 Protein-Based Food Trends I Wish Would Happen

Guys, what is with all of the food trends being either zero-calorie, nutrient-dense greens or froofy, sugary, carby grain-based things? I mean — cupcakes, donuts, cronuts, toast? Kale, collards, chard? We’re in denial, here. It’s like if we eat enough kale we might be able to “get away with” (eye roll) eating fried dough.

There’s no love for protein, man. I mean, yeah, bacon, but we’ve baconed so much that we’re about to have a bacon shortage. We need to replace the obsession. Here are my ideas: Keep reading »

Not Having Access To An Abortion Can Make It Harder To Leave An Abusive Relationship

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  • Researchers at UCSF have found that not having access to an abortion when you want one makes it harder to leave an abusive relationship. [Feministing]
  • Michael Daly looks at the strange history of Hannah Graham’s abductor’s crimes. [The Daily Beast]
  • Joanna Coles, the editor who brought political content to Cosmopolitan in recent years, is now helming Seventeen. [Flavorwire] Keep reading »

Watch The Horrible Beauty Of “The Eyes Of Hitchcock”

"You shouldn't have kept souvenirs of a killing!"

I’d say that “The Eyes of Hitchcock” from video essayist kogonada is right in time for Halloween season, but let’s be real, here, Hitchcock season is all year round. My best friend in high school indoctrinated me on Hitchcock, and this video illustrates beautifully why he’s possibly the greatest director of all time. By today’s standards there’s not much that’s shocking or scary-in-the-surprising-way about Hitchcock’s films, but there’s something supremely off-setting about John Ferguson’s obsessions in Vertigo, for example, that no other director could have captured so well. Well, enjoy, and perhaps it’s about time I got around to watching Rebecca, eh? [Juxtapoz]

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UK Troll Sentenced To 18 Weeks In Prison For Rape Threats

Remember last year, when a UK politician was supporting an effort to get Jane Austen put on the 10-pound note and got flooded with rape threats on Twitter? No? I vaguely remember — vaguely, because it’s just one of the many, many, many instances in which women have received rape threats over Twitter in the last two years and it’s made the news. Plus, it seems like maybe the mildest thing in the world to try to get Jane Austen’s face on a bank note. Not that trolls are ever justified for making rape threats but … Jane Austen? Really? How does one manage to use Jane Austen as an excuse for rape threats? Keep reading »

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