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Freaky Feminist Film: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Vampire movies have always evoked something in human curiosity. From Nosferatu, to Anne Rice’s homo-erotic romps with New Orleans-based vamps, to yes, even the domestic abuse disguised as a twinkle love story with sparkle Robert Pattison, Twilight, vampires are consistently reappearing in our imaginations. Show More Summary

The Samaritans Radar App Tracks People With Emotional Disorders On Twitter (And Possibly Puts Them At Risk)

There’s a new app out called Samaritans Radar, offered by UK mental health charity Samaritans, that allows users to sign up to have their friends’ Twitter accounts monitored for words and phrases like “suicide,” “tired of being alone,” “hate myself, “depressed,” and “help me.” The app then sends the user a notification so that they [...]

Frisky Q&A: Director Farzad Sangari & Quidditch Player Ali Cottong From “Mudbloods”

We’ve all seen wizards playing quidditch on broomsticks in the “Harry Potter” films, but these days, quidditch is a very real sport on college campuses across the world. The new documentary “Mudbloods” explores the root of the sport’s growth from a fantasy on a book page to a real-life hobby with its own World Cup. [...]

Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

This was my unloved sixth of the shortlist, so I’m reviewing it last. There’s not much to be said other than it wasn’t for me, and I didn’t like it. You might, though. Who knows. For those of us who read book reviews (ha!), there was probably no way of avoiding the spoilers for the big twist circa 80 pages... Read More

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 [...]

New Show Recap: Once Upon a Time, Episode 4×05, “Breaking Glass”

Hello, all! Time for another OUAT! We’re currently on episode 4×05, and things are only going to get colder from here! The episode opens with the Snow Queen creating a creature out of ice. The creature’s eyes light up as the Snow Queen imbues it with her magic. At the police station, Emma and Elsa are still going through the... Read More

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Living With Trichotillomania: A Teen Girl’s Story Of Struggle And Self-Discovery

This post is brought to you by our friends at Gurl. In sixth grade, Mackensie Freeman came back from winter vacation with a shaved head. No, she didn’t undergo surgery and she wasn’t beginning a rebellious phase complete with a leather jacket and a spiked collar. Show More Summary

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 [...]

Everything Is Terrible: Woman In Catcalling Video Gets Rape Threats On YouTube

Misogyny just doesn’t exist! Catcalls are compliments! SMILE SWEETHEART. Tell that to Shoshanna B. Roberts, the New York City-based actress who starred in yesterday’s viral street harassment video (posting it again, above, because it’s worth watching multiple times), who then received rape threats in the comments section on YouTube. Show More Summary

Mama June’s Child Molester Boyfriend Abused Daughter Anna In Front Of Sister

Radar Online has obtained the court documents explaining in disturbing detail the sexual abuse allegations against Mark McDaniel, the one-time (and possibly current) boyfriend of Mama June Shannon from “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” According...Show More Summary

You’re Welcome: Here Are Puppies Shaking Off Drops Of Water In Slow Motion

Photographer Carli Davidson’s “Shake” photo series captures puppies via high-speed photography as they shake water droplets off their fur. Their reactions in slow motion are much funnier than we’d ever imagine when watching it happen in real time. As if the photos themselves weren’t cute enough, Davidson put together a video of some of her [...]

My Friends Deserve Better Than Fat Talk

If you’ve read Tiny Beautiful Things, the collection of responses by The Rumpus’ self-help columnist “Sugar,” aka Wild author Cheryl Strayed, you’ll probably recognize this quote: “Stop worrying about whether you’re fat. You’re not fat. Or rather, you’re sometimes a little bit fat, but who gives a shit? There is nothing more boring and fruitless [...]

10 Things Stock Photography Taught Me About Gender Equality

Sage wisdom from an art form that’s built on stereotyping people…

I Hate My Post-Baby Body, And No Feel-Good Essay Is Going To Change That

I do not like my post-baby body. I’ve read every feel-good personal essay about how empowering it is to create life from our bodies and yay women etc etc, and while I totally get it on an intellectual level, I just can’t seem to change my mindset. Show More Summary

AM News: Leighton Meester’s Nylon Cover Proves She’s Not Blair Waldorf Anymore

Leighton Meester's Nylon cover proves she's not Blair Waldorf anymore. -Bustle This Little Mermaid-themed wedding is your absolute fairytale. -The Frisky Whoa. These 5 celebs claim that they've been haunted! -Newser Surprisingly, there's something worse than dressing up as Ray Rice. Show More Summary

This Open Thread Is All About Tom

It’s Tom’s Tuesday, y’all. Time to get down, Cajun style.

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