Cumberbatch on set at the new Star Trek movie! Hooray!
What do you think about the new anti-obesity campaign on display at EPCOT? It’s about the last thing fat kids want to be reminded of when they’re at a theme park, but I see the merits.
These are just some genuinely good cooking tips that a girl like me often neglects, and explanations why they’re important.
I don’t usually get political, but good lord, Rick Santorum. When did we get to a point where suggesting that people might want to make improvements to their job skills, health, or education is considered liberal agenda-pushing? Since when is a stubborn refusal to adapt considered admirable, or beyond that, a right? Where the fuck did that come from? NO ONE CAN GET THOSE JOBS YOU WANT TO CREATE WITHOUT COLLEGE DEGREES, YOU FUCKING MORON.
The newest Indoor Kids episode is up, and it’s a live doozy!
Bonus: New post from me at xoJane, about how sometimes you don’t have a choice in leading a less stressed life!
Here’s Bagel presenting the characters in Rayman Origins with a new challenge as she tries to swat them with her paws.
A new trailer for Girls, a show I’m very very excited about.
A father angrily storms into Target to complain that his teenage daughter was being mailed coupons for baby stuff, but days later he is forced to apologize when his daughter was, in fact, pregnant. How did Target know his daughter was pregnant? From the combination of items she purchased from them. For extra credit, here’s a whole NYT article about how companies track your purchases. Fascinating, creepy stuff. I know when I was in school for psychology, my fellow students and I made a pact to never use our powers for evil, i.e., marketing psychology. It feels exploitative.
A Parks and Rec recap from me at Vulture!
Dear Limp Bizkit, We don’t care. Love, everyone.
I like this post at Jezebel advising men of how to not freak out women on the street.
Let’s check in with the Bechdel Test for Women in Movies! From Feminist Frequency.
I’ve been reading all the posts about Chris Brown and Rihanna and “how dare she” and “what kind of message is she sending to women?” and “man is she stupid” and “damn he’s still the worst human being ever”, and I’d like to present yet another perspective.
I used to make my living as a couples and family therapist, and one of my earliest jobs was as a Domestic Violence Advocate. My singular task was to be in court for domestic violence cases, talk to the victim (usually a woman), and assure her that testifying against her partner was the right thing to do.
But my real job was to talk to the victims after the hearings and offer them emergency numbers “just in case”, because 9 out of 10 times, the victim would recant her testimony on the stand and claim that her man did nothing wrong. Sometimes she’d still have the bruises, yellow-brown, on her face. Sometimes she’d leave arm in arm with her man. I didn’t ever get to know any of these women, as I only had about 10 minutes with them- my time was spent just psyching them up for a tough task, and then hurriedly giving them resources if things went bad again.
Today on the menu: a lovely striped old-timey swimming suit, as a jumpsuit.
When I’m yearning for the Switchblade Sisters and Cocteau Twins of my gothy youth, I turn to Zola Jesus. I think you should too.
Hi all! Just to update you, I have started a three week writing job that has been eating up a lot of my time, so I haven’t been able to Gynomite it up as much. It does have to do with video games, and I’ll give you more details about it once I can!
In the meantime…..
Chore Wars! It’s an online RPG that uses household chores in real life to level your character up!
You might have thought that weirdos who think everyone’s involved in a black magic rituals went out in the 80s, but you’d be wrong. This guy’s got some insight into Whitney’s death, Lady Gaga’s involvement, and Nicki Minaj being possessed.
A really interesting post from Sociological Images about how posing for pictures has changed over time.
A$AP Rocky is a rapper who wants the hip hop community to stop being so homophobic, and I think he’s rad.
American Apparel is cracking down on shoplifting by tagging its clothes in the warehouse, a move that flies in the face of their earlier, “we’re okay with shoplifting if you’re attractive” policy. Bonus- this pretty interesting article about the culture at American Apparel. It makes it sound like Fun Dad is running the place.
This is a really interesting article about the history of scandalous fashion. Read it over brunch! (Brunch = leftovers while watching SNL)
You can take the fat kid out of the pool, but you’ll never peel his “swimming shirt” off of him.
Dude, you look great. You’ve worked hard on yourself, it’s time to take that shirt off and swim with the fishes!
How playing online video games can help or hurt your marriage, at Slate!
I wrote this essay, called Love and Narration, for a woman doing a project about first love. Go get into the whole project!
Doctor Who pickup lines at GuySpeed! The one about both hearts skipping a beat actually got me!
This is my weekly recap of Parks and Rec for Vulture!
From the adorable blog Cats, Where They Do Not Belong.
Can’t find it? Then jump!