Last Friday night I had to sift through my Other inbox on Facebook, and I found out that it had accumulated a few spectacularly short-sighted messages from anti-feminists. I tweeted about a few of them, and then I got this reply from the Twitter user @ToughLuvBun:
@RebeccaVBrink fuck him u r a feminism bae
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Actor Katrina Day has collected a series of sexist casting breakdowns for her not-haha-funny new Tumblr Some Lady Parts. Some of these notices read like Craigslist personal ads: “Seeking: Hot Blonde girl … Blonde hair …. classic hot girl.” Others aim for highbrow, but end up unrealistic and porn-y: “Seeking: Ultimate fantasy woman of a sexually frustrated college graduate. Sophisticated, stylish, sexy, intoxicating.” Reading the Tumblr all at once is jarring, a reminder that there are many ways to be sexist — from styling a character as “a typical prostitute” to the many female characters that are not given names. Keep reading »
Lena Dunham’s memoir, Not that Kind of Girl was published at the end of September, and in the last two days, the internet has basically exploded around its contents. Dunham’s narration of her sexual behavior towards her younger sister, Grace, has resulted in many demanding that Planned Parenthood “#dropdunham” as its celebrity spokesperson. And then there’s the notable fissure that Dunham’s very presence has caused in feminist communities: Is she a sexual predator hiding behind quirk and white privilege? Is Grace Dunham, actress, poet and a supporter of her sister’s work (she’s traveling with Lena on her book tour a victim of sexual abuse, in spite of the fact that she doesn’t identify herself as one? Is everyone defending Dunham against the accusation that she’s a predator a child abuse apologist?
In response to the chaos, Nona Willis Aronowitz and Collier Meyerson created Those Kinds of Girls, a Tumblr where women can post stories of childhood sexual experiences – “strange shit” they did, or that was done to them, when experimentation was everything and boundaries were not yet a thing they, and their peers, were cognizant of. I talked to Willis Aronowitz, the newest editor at Talking Points Memo, and Meyerson, a web producer at All in With Chris Hayes, about the motivation behind the Tumblr, policing women’s experiences, and the stories we’re afraid to tell. Keep reading »
Some genius with a Tumblr account has astutely observed that all the models in the J.Crew catalogue look mildly drunk off their asses. Drunk J. Crew puts words in the mouths of those tipsy ladies, and the end result is perfect. It’s hard not to wonder why it took us all so many years of shopping at J.Crew or casually perusing their catalogues before these boozy vibes came to the surface. [Gawker] [Images via Drunk J.Crew] Keep reading »
The macabre Tumblr Jerry Seinfeld’s Skeleton uses a sandbox game called Garry’s Mod to recreate the greatest moments of “Seinfeld” – performed only by Jerry’s digital skeleton. The site’s creator, Bryce Maciel, goes through “Seinfeld” screenshots to make sure the skeletons are posed exactly like Jerry is onscreen. It’s unclear what makes this creepy site so enticing (besides the glory of reliving the Soup Nazi debacle), but for some reason, I’m terrified and still can’t stop staring. With almost 10,000 follows, other “Seinfeld” fans seem to agree. After the jump, a few of Jerry’s skeleton-style one-liners. Spooky.
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