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Study: “Fifty Shades” Readers Are Slutty Binge Drinkers With Eating Disorders & Abusive Partners

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Today in Things That Make Me Want To Scream “CORRELATION DOES NOT EQUAL CAUSATION!” And Beat My Head Against The Wall:

Last year, a study out of Michigan State University found that the erotic BDSM trilogy Fifty Shades Of Grey “perpetuates” abusive relationships. Now, another study from the same professor at MSU claims young women who read the books are more likely to have an abusive partner and show signs of an eating disorder.

Women who read all three books in the trilogy (like me and Amelia), the study found, are more likely to binge drink and have multiple sex partners. Amy Bonomi, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies and lead author of the study, said that based on her study of over 650 young women ages 18 to 24, it’s possible the Fifty Shades books might “reaffirm” negative experiences and “aggravate trauma.” In other words, this lady r-e-a-l-l-y does not like these books.

Well, well, well. Where to start with this one? Keep reading »

Delaware School Board Nukes Summer Reading Program Rather Than Let Kids Read Book About Gay Teen

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  • What horrors could await the precious ninth-grade snowflakes of the Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware after they read The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, a YA novel about a gay teen? Concerned parents were not about to find out! Back in June, the board had removed Cameron Post from the list. After some negative attention and accusations of bigotry, they appear to have just eliminated the entire reading list. Citing profanity in some of the books — which included modern classics like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, both of which I have read and which are TOTALLY appropriate for 9th graders — the board is just not going to have 9th graders do summer reading. Sigh. These parents know that 14-year-olds (and their friends) use the Internet, right? And that there’s gay stuff all over it?! Oh well, at least with no summer reading list anymore, kids have more time to spend online! [Delaware Online, Cape GazetteBoing Boing]
  • Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford, is the first-ever woman to win the Fields Medal, the highest prize in mathematics. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Kim Kardashian Is Publishing A Book Of Selfies

  • You know, I really don’t think there are enough photos of Kim Kardashian in the universe. Good thing she is releasing a book of selfies. (Yes, really.) Titled Kim Kardashian Selfish, the coffee table book from publisher Rizzoli comes out/the apocalypse is nigh in 2015. [US Weekly]
  • In other Kardashian news (isn’t it all Kardashian news, though?), NBA player Chandler Parsons reportedly pulled out of a dating reality show because he’s dating Kendall Jenner. Mama Kris set them up. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Shirley Manson is urging a Wisconsin church to cancel a pig wrestling event. [ONTD]
  • Girl group Danity Kane announced today they are are splitting up. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

True Story: My Memoir Pissed Off A Male Book Reviewer

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When I started writing my memoir, Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong, I began networking with authors who wrote books set in Asia. I imagined developing solid friendships with a group of supportive authors. There’s a Chinese saying, huxiang bangzhu. It means “mutually helping one another.” That’s what I pictured.

Fast-forward six years. My memoir was being published and I arranged for review copies to be sent to authors I’ve gotten to know through social networking or in person. I knew I couldn’t expect rave reviews just because we have a connection or because I had given their books five stars on Amazon and Goodreads. But for the most part, I had been extremely pleased with the feedback.

Well, except for this one guy. Keep reading »

J.K. Rowling Has Published A New Story Checking In With 34-Year-Old Harry Potter

  • That collective shriek you hear are millenials freaking out over the new Harry Potter short story that J.K. Rowling posted on her Pottermore website today. The new story, written in the form of a gossip column, checks in with a 34-year-old graying, married Harry and his friends from Hogwarts at the Quidditch World Cup. You can read the story exclusively on Today.com! [TODAY]
  • Didn’t see that one coming: Taylor Swift penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal about why we should pay for music. [WSJ]
  • Even George Clooney has got mother-in-law issues: Baria Alamuddin, the mom of his gorgeous lawyer fiancée Amal Alamuddin, wants her to daughter marry a nice Lebanese boy instead. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Add Katie Holmes to the list of celebs posing topless with only their hands covering the girls. [US Weekly]

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The Soapbox: Black Nerds, Escapism, & Why We Need More Diverse Books

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“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all.” — Junot Díaz

As a kid, I never tried to sneak out of the house. It’s not that I was a stickler for the rules (sorry, Mom) — it’s just that all the wonders I could ever want to explore didn’t exist outside the confines of my home. They were waiting for me when I woke up each morning, tucked neatly into the hallway bookshelves whose ever-expanding ranks housed J.K. Rowling, Leo Tolstoy, Judy Blume, and Sarah Dessen. Keep reading »

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