This Beyonce/Taylor Swift Mashup Is Pretty Great

Good morning! Hope your day is going great, and if it’s not, here’s a totally awesome mashup of Beyonce’s “XO” and Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods.” Diva doubledown! [via Jezebel]

Kate Godwin Is Sharing Her DNA For The Sake Of Art And I Love It

I have a Shelf of Oddities (yes, I capitalize it in my head) that contains a toy bust of a Black Barbie, a miniature black Frank Kozik Gipper Bust, a School House Rock soundtrack, a vintage Franc, a chunk of pyrite, a bag of semi-precious rocks (mostly also pyrite), a paper knife, the rubber-band detritus of having performed Lygia Clark’s “Estruturas Vivas,” pieces of a broken sonic screwdriver toy that held someone’s weed before I scavenged it from their garbage, a six-sided die that has no 1 or 6 but two 2’s and two 3’s, a small vial of gallium (a metal that melts at extraordinarily low temperatures), a tungsten drill bit, dozens of pins that I had to take off of my backpack before I started traveling, and — here’s the important one — several pieces of multi-colored, multi-flavored hard candy that I took from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)” and pocketed instead of eating, as theoretically one is intended to do.

“Portrait of Ross” is a pile of 176 pounds of a candy called Fruit Flashers that’s usually housed in the contemporary wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s 176 pounds because that’s the weight Ross Laycock, Gonzalez-Torres’ partner, was when he was healthy, before they both got AIDS. It’s a metaphor for Ross’s body, and viewers are supposed to take a piece of candy — by so doing, the body deteriorates. Keep reading »

This Month In Boobs: An Extremely Resourceful Woman Used Her Breast Milk To Rob A Pharmacy

A woman in Germany robbed a pharmacy by squirting breast milk into the cashier’s eye, taking cash from the till, and running off.

Again: A woman in Germany robbed a pharmacy by squirting breast milk into the cashier’s eye, taking cash from the till, and running off.

This is obviously the best boob-related news item in recent history, beating out even Tri-Boob. There’s so much to love about it — I mean, just picture in your head being at Walgreens. You’re waiting in line to pick up your prescription. The woman ahead of you is ostensibly buying a breast pump. You happen to glance up from your phone just as the woman takes her boob out of her shirt, aims it at the cashier, and squeezes breast milk into his or her face. Boob still out, she grabs $100 (it was Euros, obviously, but work with me here) from the cash register, then bolts, resettling her boob into her shirt as she runs out the door. She leaves the breast pump on the counter. Keep reading »

A Day In The Life Of Rutgers University’s “Politicizing Beyoncé” Class

A Day In The Life Of Rutgers University's "Politicizing Beyoncé" Class
"There Is Something Bigger Going On In A Beyoncé Video"

Let it be clear: I have no desire to go back to school, UNLESS it is to take Rutgers University’s “Politicizing Beyoncé” class.

The course, which takes a look at Beyoncé’s songs, music videos and feminist advocacy, usually begins with a viewing of one of her music videos, and is followed by a discussion of readings and songs, and how they may tie into each other. Kevin Allred, the course’s lecturer, says he teaches the class because Beyoncé “provides a really good entry point to a lot of black feminist texts, so it’s a class about Beyoncé, but it’s also not a class about Beyoncé. It’s a class about black feminist history and black feminist theory, in the United States, especially.” Keep reading »

Could Disney’s Next Princess Have Special Needs?

Could Disney's Next Princess Have Special Needs?

Many little kids, at one point or another, have wanted to be a Disney Princess. We grew up watching Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan and others teach us that it’s okay to be brave, strong-willed, vulnerable and fiercely independent, and as the times have changed, the brand’s Princesses have adapted to become more culturally diverse. But there is one kind of Disney Princess we’ve never seen: one with special needs. Keep reading »

Dater X: On “Transparency Sex” & What’s Different This Time Around

Dater X: On "Transparency Sex" & What's Different This Time Around

To me, sex is much more than just a biological need. Humanity relies on sex for procreation, but the vast majority of the world also turns to sex for pleasure and release. Some people have sex simply to fulfill their physical needs, others see it as a sacred act that should only be shared between people who love each other, and some, like myself, think sex can mean different things with different people in different situations. Sometimes, it doesn’t really even “mean” anything— it’s just … had. I’ve had great sex many times in my life, with no experience feeling or meaning the same. So what exactly makes my idea of “amazing, mind-blowing” sex so amazing and mind-blowing? There’s much more to it than simply getting off. And with Baby Face, that’s been the case. Keep reading »

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