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Good Charlotte: A Young And Hopeless Retrospective

You know who was awesome? Fucking Good Charlotte, man. Good Charlotte got big in 2003, when I was 16 and was a newly-minted punk rock fan. I was listening to the Sex Pistols and the Buzzcocks, a little bit of the Clash, some Ramones, and tons and tons of ska. Everyone my age had some […]

Pat Robertson: Women’s “Fifty Shades” Boiling-Oil Fantasies Are Promoting Sex Trafficking

Over the weekend, “The 700 Club” played a clip of an interview with Christian anti-sex trafficking activist Benjamin Nolot, speaking at Pat Robertson’s Regent University, who claimed that “Fifty Shades of Grey” is promoting sex trafficking. I’m not sure he’s seen the movie or read the book, because all it really promotes is neurotoxicity, but […]

Want Your Own LEGO Oscar? (Of Course You Do!)

If you want a LEGO Oscar of your own, turns out you might not have to wait long: The artist who made them, Nathan Sawaya, has gotten so much positive feedback about the statuettes presented to Oscar audience members during the performance of “Everything is Awesome” that he submitted the design to LEGO Ideas in […]

Who’s Your Favorite Batman In Cinema?

Ben Affleck as Batman really doesn’t sound appealing, I know. But with “Batman vs. Superman” in post-production and guaranteed for release next year, it seems like a really good time to reflect on the Ghosts of Batmen Past, doesn’t it? Editor Jacob Swinney put together this compendium of Batman in Cinema, from Lewis Wilson on […]

We Are All The Shark On Katy Perry’s Left

The Super Bowl happened. Tom Brady and his friends won. Missy Elliot performed a very enthralling medley of her hits while Katy Perry flounced around in a sparkly, oversized sweatshirt.  And, during “Teenage Dream,” the one Katy Perry song I don’t really mind, two men in shark costumes danced a tightly-choreographed routine while surrounded by [...]

Why Labels For Sexual Identities Are Useful For Everyone

Remember back in 2007, when a woman married the Eiffel Tower? She’s in a relationship with a German tower crane now. There was a documentary that followed her during her commitment ceremony to the good ol’ Tour Eiffel, and that documentary ruined her relationship with the monument. The staff of the Tower refused to associate [...]

This Homeless Parisian Bodybuilder Is My New Fitspiration

I have clearly been underestimating bodyweight exercise, because this homeless man, Jacques, has been doing simple bodyweight exercises on the streets of Paris and complimenting it with a diet designed to increase muscle mass — bought with the money passing Parisians give him — and he is a homeless Adonis. Good lord. Jacques was “discovered” [...]

Here’s The Super-Catchy Song In The Hanes Ad That’s Playing Before All Of Your YouTube Videos

There’s a Hanes commercial that’s playing before all of my YouTube videos these days that features, in typical underwear-ad fashion, very, very fit women doing silly dances and backward somersaults in their soft-filtered, pastel-and-white bedrooms while not getting dressed (but pretending to be in the process of getting dressed). I don’t know about anyone else, [...]

Representation In Porn, Or A Lack Thereof, And Why It Matters

Have you ever wondered what racial representation looks like in porn versus the United States population? Well, I have. I get tired of conventional porn sometimes, and I want to see porn with women especially, but people in general, who aren’t going “ooohnnnn ooohhhhhnnn ohhhhhnnn” like seals throughout the movie, or who aren’t skinny, or [...]

Be My Boyfriend: Guy Who Does 25 Perfect Christmas Movie Impressions

Dear Guy Who Does 25 Perfect Christmas Movie Impressions, For the past several weeks, my family members have been asking me what I want for Christmas. Since I have everything I could possibly want (obviously not including the last few seasons of “Friends” on DVD that I need to complete my series), I told them [...]

Can We Stop Applauding Actresses Who “Go Ugly” For A Movie Role?

Last week, the trailer for Jennifer Aniston’s upcoming film “Cake” was released online. The movie, which is already generating significant Oscar buzz, is about a woman (Aniston) who suffers from chronic pain and becomes obsessed with the suicide of her friend and fellow support group member (Anna Kendrick, as a chirpy, impossibly high-cheekboned ghost). In [...]

The Stitch In My Side: Renavigating Racial Identity Through “Lilo & Stitch”

While Lilo & Stitch masquerades as a cartoonish, feel good science-fiction comedy, the real themes of the film touch on a much deeper emotion — a sense of family, of belonging — that’s almost impossible to capture in words. The film had the power to help me process my own childhood as a second-generation Japanese American, and to see value... Read More

PoC News in America

We have some big news stories, and some fun pop culture items for this week! We’ve covered the Bill Cosby story pretty extensively here at Persephone. However, people are struggling to separate the artist from his art as The Cosby Show remains immensely important in TV history. There has been a flood of news regarding police brutality and generally shady police... Read More

Grandmas Smoke Weed, Play “Cards Against Humanity For The First Time

This video of three grandmothers smoking marijuana for the first time (they live in Washington state, where it’s legal)  and then playing a very stoned game of “Cards Against Humanity” is basically proof that all grandmas should try smoking marijuana because they are adorable and hilarious and relaxed and super jazzed about chips. I think [...]

Nothing Says “Bye Bye Bye” Like A Singing And Dancing Flash Mob

Flash mobs — aka huge gatherings of people singing and dancing in unison with the purpose of expressing some intimate sentiment in a public, attention-grabbing way — pretty much jumped the shark when one appeared at the end of that Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis movie, “Friends With Benefits.” But flash mob breakups? Now that’s [...]

Record Machine: Thriller by Michael Jackson

In a mere nine songs, Michael Jackson made a masterpiece. This is more or less undisputed. Let us talk about one of the most prized records in my collection. I used to give my dad a hard time for owning Thriller because it was so unlike his normal musical tastes — which tended towards the folk, traditional country, or ambient... Read More

Fitness Vlogger John David Glaude Bravely Bares His Loose Skin

Fitness vlogger John David Glaude of the YouTube channel Obese to Beast has lost 160 pounds since he started getting into fitness, and that’s come with a side effect he didn’t originally expect: A lot of loose skin. It’s a predictable result of extreme weight loss, but not one that’s been well-documented in American culture. [...]

Record Machine: Top 5 Stevie Nicks Songs

About a month ago, in honor of her rejoining the band on tour, I talked about my favorite Christine McVie songs, but we can’t forget Fleetwood Mac’s other leading lady: Stevie Nicks. Though it’s difficult to pick just five songs, let me try. Of course, it bears mentioning that these five songs could change in my mind at any time.... Read More

Watch The Sweet Video For Kindness And Robyn’s “Who Do You Love”

Do you guys remember that viral video “First Kiss,” and how it turned out that yeah, the participants were strangers, but they were also actors and performers, and the video was also a clothing advertisement? I feel like this new video for “Who Do You Love” from electronic musician Kindness, featuring Robyn, is sort of [...]

Amazing New GoldieBlox Ad Takes On Beauty Myths, “1984? Style

Kickass girl-empowering toy company GoldieBlox has released a new ad, and this one features Metric’s “Help I’m Alive” while brilliantly mimicking Apple’s famous “1984? ad. The ad’s goal is to shatter the myth perpetuated by dolls that little girls’ worth rests on their looks. To combat it, the company created an action figure for girls. [...]

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