PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

PurrVerse: We All Have The Right To A Secret Identity

It was two and a half years ago that I presented at South By Southwest  on sex workers and social media, particularly on the dangers of “real name policies.” Sex workers are using social media, not only to talk to fans, but to talk to each other, to create community while still maintaining a level of personal privacy that feels good for them.

I argued that demanding people use their legal names (erroneously called their “real” name) can make social media an incredibly unsafe place, with more abuse rather than less. I talked about some of the cons to social media, like the overzealous censorship of nudity while ignoring violent gore, or how bullying and harassment goes ignored.

It was a generally well-received presentation, and I noticed that times did change. Google Plus, who was the main offender, changed their policies first to allow nicknames, and then finally in July of this year, doing away with “real name” policies altogether. I figured the NymWars were over with that. Keep reading »

Meet Vulvatron, GWAR’s New Frontwoman

Metal isn’t always the friendliest place for female musicians, but damn if GWAR isn’t switching things up in a serious way. The band was fronted by Dave Brockie for almost 30 years, until his death in March this year. They debuted their new female singer, Vulvatron, at Riot Fest in Chicago this weekend.

Vulvatron will be co-fronting the band with returning male singer Blothar. IRL Vulvatron goes by the name Kim Dylla and is a musician and clothing designer of note in the metal scene. She squirts fake blood onto the crowd from her boobs, guys. It might be time to start listening to GWAR. [Wondering Sound] [Image via Instagram]

Customer Who Put His Hand On His Bartender’s Ass Messed With The Wrong Pissed Off Woman

Customer Who Put His Hand On His Bartender's Ass Messed With The Wrong Pissed Off Woman

An ex-New York City bartender/aspiring actress named Laura Ramadei has penned an open letter to a customer named Brian Lederman, who groped her and said he wanted to order her “to go.” When Ramadei didn’t respond to his sexual harassment, Lederman — a hedge funder who she easily found online through a Google search, after he paid with his credit card — left a shitty tip.

And, well, her open letter to him that she posted on Facebook is so feisty, feminist-y and awesome that I kinda hope she tracks us down and starts writing for The Frisky. (Lederman responded by telling The New York Post she is a “fucking cunt,” because of course he did.)

Read her letter after the jump: Keep reading »

Society Fails A Teenager Who Wants An Abortion, Now Her Mom Is Going To Jail

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You know how for the last, oh, several decades, pro-choice activists have been saying, “Look, if you make safe, doctor-supervised abortions harder to get, women are just going to go back to unsafe hanger abortions”? Well, it’s true. A Pennsylvania nursing home aide, Jennifer Whalen, is now going to serve 12 to 18 months in jail because she bought abortion pills from Europe for her 16-year-old daughter, who wanted to terminate her pregnancy and wound up in the hospital after having severe side effects. Keep reading »

Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall Is Being Sued For Domestic Abuse

First Ray Rice, then Adrian Peterson, now Brandon Marshall: A third NFL player in just 10 days has been brought into the spotlight for allegedly abusing someone close to him.

It’s not that September 2014 is just the equivalent of a full moon for NFL players, when all of a sudden they become violent toward their girlfriends, fiancées, wives, and children. It happens year round. Ten NFL players in the last two years have been arrested on domestic violence charges. Keep reading »

“DILFs Of Disneyland” Delivers Pictures Of Hot Dads Straight To Your Instagram Feed

DILFs of Disneyland

If I were to actually wish upon a star as Disney so commonly pressures us to do, one of my wishes would definitely be regular access to a plethora of hot dads — not to approach, per se, just to admire from afar. Luckily, dreams occasionally do come true, and mine has arrived in the form of DILFs of Disneyland, your new favorite Instagram account. The smartphone-wielding Disneyland frequenter behind the account captures DILFs at Disneyland and California Adventure at their finest as they push strollers, wear Mickey Mouse ears, and carry their kiddos around. The account has a high concentration of bearded hipster dads, but there are some shiny-haired golden boys in there too — there’s a little something for everyone. After all, it’s “the happiest place on Instagram.” You’re welcome. [Image via Instagram]

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