Whoa, we’re getting down to brass tacks here. In one corner, we have Noted Cro-Mag and All Around Conservative H.R. Puff-N-Stuff Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh’s been blathering over the airwaves for years, spewing his particular brand of toxic anti-lady crap. It’s Rush’s completely bombastic misogynistic drivel that’s taken him all the way from the Sweet 16 of our Real March Madness competition down to the Final Four. And what with the drama of Slut/Whoregate 2012, it’s really been a banner year for Ol’ Rush. Even so, does Rush have the stuff to take on what might be one of our most bonafide wackadoodle entries in the competition? I’m talking about Carrie, the cancer-stricken woman who appeared on “My Strange Addiction” to detail how she drinks her own pee in order to stave off the disease. There’s being a jerk and then there’s being absolutely off-the-rails delusional. So, you tell us — which is crazier? Vote now!
My cats are large, sluggish monsters. But despite their obvious girth and weight, they are absolutely terrified of the vacuum cleaner. They run and hide under the bed anytime it’s turned on. I find that hilarious, especially because my mom likes to tell me how she used to treat our old, skinny cat to vacuum baths. Clearly, this kitten is not having it either. The look of sheer, adorable terror on this cat’s face kind of says it all. [The Stir]
It’s common knowledge that toys are marketed to boys and girls in hugely different–and often troubling–ways. Media literacy advocate and video artist Jonathan McIntosh has come up with a super effective way to illustrate those differences. It’s called the Gendered Advertising Remixer, and the concept is simple: on one side of the screen is a selection of ads targeting boys, on the other side are ads targeting girls. You drag one ad to the audio box, one to the video box, click “Mashup,” and you’ll watch a sweet, maternal ad for a baby doll accompanied by the explosions and violent rhetoric of a GI Joe commercial (or swap the audio and video for equally confusing results). Some of the remixes are funny, but all of them bring up major questions about our culture’s definitions of gender, how early they are instilled in us, and how harmful they can be. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Remix some ads for yourself! [Gendered Advertising Remixer]
Oh noes, ladies! The menz! What about the menz!?!? How will they ever have a chance of conquering Western civilization if we keep oppressing them so? These are the concerns of “Two and a Half Men” co-creator Lee Aronsohn, who is fretting about the overrepresentation of women on television. Yesterday, at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, Aronsohn huffed, “Enough ladies. I get it. You have periods.” Keep reading »
Hipster specs company Warby Parker pranked the internet on April Fool’s Day by introducing their “new” subdivision Warby Barker, which makes eyewear for dogs. I so wish pugs with monocles would become a real thing. [Warby Parker]
Well, for those of us wondering how Matthew Weiner would work in and/or conceal January Jones’ pregnancy on the new season of “Mad Men,” last night we got our answer. Betty is fat now! I won’t reveal anything else about last night’s episode, but I will show you some photos. I am glad to see the makeup team from “Shallow Hal” has a new gig. One more, after the jump! Keep reading »