I ask very little of the New York subway system. I want trains to come when they’re supposed to, I want them to not break down while I’m riding them, and I want to feel safe traveling from Point A to Point B. Sometimes we’re shoved up against some sweaty man’s wet armpit because we have no choice but to pack into the 6 train like sardines in a can, and other times we must endure the drunken mumblings and rants of fellow riders— this is all to be expected. Some disgusting humans even pick their noses and clip their nails on the train, which is almost forgivable knowing that those individuals will never be loved. But if there’s one thing I DESPISE, it’s stinking up the train with your food. Please, for the love of God, stop. Keep reading »
I’m sure by now that everyone has seen Men Taking Up Too Much Space On the Train, a genius Tumblr that more than adequately demonstrates the fact that we teach women to take up as little space as possible and teach the opposite to men. The blog draws regular ire from dudes, and the person (woman? I don’t know) who curates the blog is happy to just rip apart their responses, so good luck with that, guys. The most common excuse guys give is “We sit that way because we have dicks.” Ironically, I’m pretty sure that “because we have dicks” is the basic justification that’s been used an immeasurable number of times over history to do things like deny women the right to vote or own land or have autonomy over our own bodies, harass us in public all the fucking time, and block us from adequate and equal access to healthcare, but WHATEVS. Another thing people like to do with this Tumblr is write in to mock the blog by saying things like “Oh yeah you’re so oppressed because guys are taking up a lot of space on the train,” which kind of completely misses the point. So I feel like it’s my duty to say here that the point is that we teach men and women to dignify their bodies differently, and that’s worth questioning.
That being said. Keep reading »
When Blaine (Darren Criss) and the Warblers of Dalton Academy doo-wopped Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,”
it reached number one on the Billboard chart, a “Glee
” first. Do we think the same will happen for their performance of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” this week? Keep reading »
Two teenage girls were seriously injured when they were hit by a freight train in Lebanon, Maine. The two apparently were sunbathing on the train trestle when they were hit. One of the girls suffered an amputated ankle while the other’s leg was amputated just below the knee. Police aren’t sure why the girls didn’t hear the train coming, but as a seasoned tanner, I suspect the heavy duty smell of baby oil lulled them into a Vitamin D coma. Happens all the time to me, that’s why I tan on my roof, not in the middle of the freeway. [WMUR.com] Keep reading »