Though we won’t be getting new episodes of “Orange is the New Black” until the middle of next year, the cast has returned for a bit to wish everyone a Happy Holiday, with this Litchfield Prison-centric version of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
Almost all of the cast participates–except, tragically, Norma the mute lady. Which is sad, because in real life, actress Annie Golden is an awesome singer who had a brief career as an 80s pop star, and a much longer career as a Broadway actress. In fact, she even originated the role of Squeaky Fromme in Sondheim’s “Assassins!” Maybe they were all just worried she’d steal the show again, like she did in the Christmas pageant in Season One. [Buzzfeed]
The stigma of having HIV is alive and well in a small Chinese village: Its residents want to banish 8-year-old “Kun Kun” (a fake name being used to protect his identity) for his illness, UPI reports. At least 200 Xichong locals, including the boy’s own grandfather, signed a petition on Dec. 7 to get “Kun Kun away from the village, and protect the health of the villagers and children,” the BBC reports. Read more on Newser…
Are you concerned that measles, mumps and rubella aren’t the only things your child is being vaccinated against? Could the same shot that immunizes your daughter against deadly viruses also be immunizing her against the dick? Could that shot in the butt you got as a kid cause you to crave even more shots in the butt as an adult? These are just a few of the “legitimate” questions you might ask yourself if you are a complete and total idiot, or if you are the person operating the VacTruth.com Facebook page. Keep reading »
Jenna Marbles is one of my greatest pleasures. My thoughts on Jenna Marbles are almost unequivocally positive. I started watching her channel when she posted “Some Idiot/How Sports Bras Work” about Yuksul Aytug’s truly idiotic comments about female Olympians and have watched every single main-channel video since then. Jenna Marbles is basically the highlight of my mid-week.
And I get that she says stuff that doesn’t seem particularly enlightened to leftists and feminists and people who are invested in social justice. She got reamed after making a video called “Things I Don’t Understand About Sluts,” and I totally agree with the objections to that video, but I don’t know. At the same time, I find it tremendously condescending when the feminist movement (as much as that’s a thing) singles out a woman for “internalized misogyny” and decides to tell her what she should be thinking, if she would just enlighten herself and get on their level. The same thing happened this week with Beyoncé’s 2014 retrospective video “Yours and Mine,” because she said that men and women balance each other out, and defined herself as a feminist and humanist in a way that many feminists and humanists believe is naïve (at best, and ignorant at worst). It’s a demand for female public figures to be perfect feminists — as majority feminism would have them be — straight out of the gate, and it gives no slack, leaves no room for growth, and turns women who are powerful, outspoken, self-possessed, and confident away from feminism. Just look at Amanda Palmer, who just last month decried a “radical, violent brand of feminism” that, let’s be honest, a lot of feminists who consider themselves (OK, ourselves) “moderate” have engaged in, in some capacity. Keep reading »