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Science Doesn’t Say: Date Scrawny Men

So here comes the latest pop psychology, the extraordinary, ultimate authority “science” says not to date muscular men, but their alternative, scrawny men. Why? Because a correlation between muscularity and sexism, from an uncited study, claims so. First off, the strength of the correlation is not shared. This could be a very weak correlation, meaning that plenty of&#133 Read the rest

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Codebreaking: “No Women Allowed” to Drink Dr. Pepper

Codebreaking: “No Women Allowed” to Drink Dr. Pepper

Stupid question: is this commercial sexist?

The highlights: The ad plays on masculine stereotypes in an tongue-in-cheek backlash to some imagined feminized world. Beard guy doges lasers and shoots a big gun while running through a jungle, simultaneously mocking romantic comedies. He hops into a jeep driven by his square-jawed friend, all the while extolling the manly virtues of&#133 Read the rest

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“The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines” in Comics is that Women Still Read Them

Laura Hudson at Comics Alliance has written a very thoughtful and personal indictment of the way DC Comics depicts female superheroes. She holds one one particularly egregious example (shown below) to “explain why these scenes don’t support sexually liberated women; they undermine them.”
Her conclusions is one that I would agree with, and that many others&#133 Read the rest

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When your son asks to dress as a girl, it means you failed as a parent.

You read that right.
A question posed on one of the stupidest websites on the internet, Today.com, asks “Is it OK for little boys to dress up as girls?” This is the answer that ends the article:

“I applaud you for letting your child be unique, imaginative and free from the constraints of our closed society,” one poster

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Why do victims of abuse return to their abusers?

This blog lists the twenty most common reasons women return to the men who abuse them so brutally that they end up in the hospital. But the list, while poignant, misses the point
Pervocracy highlights the reasons most commonly heard in an emergency room, but these reasons are more verbalizations of symptoms not problems.
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Did Kurt Russell Rape Goldie Hawn in Overboard?

Did Kurt Russell Rape Goldie Hawn in Overboard?

Does Hollywood condition audiences to consider certain kinds of non-consensual sex as harmless? In 1987 they did. And audiences bought it hook, line, and sinker. Would you?

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The next phase in the evolution of action movies

What does a boy get as a role model?

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When the Golden Mean is just plain mean

A pre-school in Sweden is going to achieve gender equality. The idea is to remove any stimulation that might give the kids an idea of whether they’re boys or girls, according to society’s definition of these. Gendered toys will be available, but they’ll be “placed side by side to encourage a child to play with whatever he or&#133 Read the rest

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Why Scott Adams is fed up with Jezebel, Salon, and me and you.

Scott Adams is annoyed. At you.
I. Scott Adams Hates You
Adams, the creator of Dilbert, also has a blog. The blog is where Adams tosses out random thoughts he has in his head unrelated to the comic.
Adams wrote a post called “Pegs and Holes” that pissed off all the wrong people. That is to say, it&#133 Read the rest

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Does Porn Cause Madness? – or how to misuse science to fit to ideology

In CNN’s Global Public Square Naomi Wolf asks “Is Pornography Driving Men Crazy?”. Which, of course, is a rhetorical question as she obviously has picked her side.
The Overture
She begins by reflecting on the recent “self-destructive” sexual adventures of some high ranking men. She appears to have a problem mainly with the part that today people can&#133 Read the rest

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Mr. Rogers Today

Mr. Rogers Today

Thought you might find this interesting. Wait a few minutes into the video.
I wonder what a child is supposed to think after a full 30 minutes of this.

[Editor’s Note: It’s worth sitting through the whole 5 minutes of the video. -PB]

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Gay teen exposes brainwashing at Utah re-education camp

Cross Creek is the closest thing we have in the United States to forced re-education camps. Cross Creek and other facilities like it are where grotesque parents send their kids to have the gay bullied out of them and the Jesus bullied into them.
This is the story of one girl who was sent there, what she&#133 Read the rest

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Why are all female characters in pop culture cliches?

Why are all female characters in pop culture are cliches?

Smurfette, the seductress, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the overweight friend as surrogate mom, the patient nurse, the frumpy friend, and the superficial high maintenance hottie. We all know the tropes, and deconstructing them is easy pickings.
And that’s precisely why it is pointless to do so without understanding why they persist in the face of such criticism.
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Three Middle School Girls Assault Boy and Nothing Happens.

Here’s the story:

Three young girls from Dunbar Middle school videotaped themselves tackling an 11 year old boy and taking off his clothes. The group can be heard laughing at times and mocking the boy as he struggled to break free.

Here’s where you say, “If the story was about three boys tackling and stripping the clothes off&#133 Read the rest

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The (high-heeled) Shoe doesn’t fit the Other Foot, or does it?

Andrej Pejic, all-purpose androgynous model, has made #98 on FHM’s list of the world’s sexiest women .

A blurb online that accompanied Pejic’s picture read: “Designers are hailing him as the next big thing. We think ‘thing’ is quite accurate… The gender bender has jumped the gun in hoping he might one day be signed as a

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Nobel Prize winning author thinks women can’t write.

Here’s one to raise your hackles:

“I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me…And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too.””

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Why the “Storm” of criticism?

Other than the obvious argument that poor “Storm” is probably going to be pounded into rubble when school starts (“hey I know you’re not supposed to hit girls, but no one will tell what Storm is, so let’s just assume it’s OK to beat “it” up!) there are multiple problems with the idea of keeping the baby’s gender a&#133 Read the rest

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Hasidic Paper Disappears Hillary Clinton To Preserve Its Existence

Hasidic Williamsburg newspaper Der Tzitung removed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director for Counterterrorism Audery Tomason from the now-famous photograph showing the President White House and military staff watching the assassination of bin Laden. Why did they do this, and does it matter?
Der Tzitung has not publicly explained its reasons for deleting the women from the&#133 Read the rest

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Codebreaking: Diet Coke’s “Stay Extraordinary”

Codebreaking: Diet Coke’s “Stay Extraordinary”

The older a product is, the more it is a commodity, and the fewer objectively discernible qualities or features it has, the more the advertiser is forced to construct a fictional “grand narrative” to sell you a product. They have to tell a story about the world, and place the product within that world in a way that is&#133 Read the rest

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J.Crew Ad Tells Obsessive Moms that Obsessiveness is Okay


J.Crew’s online catalog has a feature “Saturday With Jenna,” in which Jenna is shown painting the toes of her young son Beckett a bright neon pink. “Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.” This delightful tableaux of postmodern life is shown next to&#133 Read the rest

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