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Ross Putnam, a Los Angeles producer, started a themed Twitter handle (@femscriptintros) that isn’t particularly shocking to anyone. The handle’s theme: sexism in scripts. As a producer, Putnam receives film pitches on a daily basis. And as a producer, he notices the trend of descriptors for their leading ladies, most of which places emphasis on being a blond “drop dead beauty” or naked. Not limited to physical descriptors, women in these scripts are reduced to tropes of shallow covetousness, emphasizing aspirations of idle wealth or attractiveness, all in 140 characters or less.
In January, I went to see the new Sherlock special, "The Abominable Bride," at my local movie theater. As I held my ticket in my hand, the excitement began to set in. Many Sherlock fans, including myself, had waited nearly two years for this season special and could not be more enthusiastic to revisit the characters we have come to love. Interestingly, this special took place in Victorian England during the 1800s, around the same time Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories originally took place. The Victorian era was also the backdrop of the suffragettes’ movement.
Jane Austen knew a lot about love. She never married (although a guy did propose to her), but she was an acute observer of everyone around her. She deeply understood love, courtship, and heartbreak. Jane Austen was woke as hell. Much of the truths she told in her novels are still relevant when it comes to modern love. So, next time you have a bad breakup, pick up Pride and Prejudice and look for solace in Jane’s sage words. 1. “There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
Have you seen this new video of teenaged Ted Cruz? It’s hilariously repulsive. The video was posted to YouTube on Saturday by a high school classmate of Cruz’s who wishes to remain anonymous. It features a younger, thinner, and decidedly more attractive Cruz—his sad muppet face wasn't in full effect yet—sitting in front of a fountain discussing his future aspirations. That is after he clears up the meaning of the word “aspiration.” “Aspirations? Is that like sweat on my butt?,” Cruz says jokingly when then video begins. Good one. Butt jokes are always the way to go.
You’re probably familiar with the iconic image of Mena Suvari laying in a pile of rose petals from the film American Beauty. It’s one that screams sexuality, passion, and pleasure. Now, one San Fransisco-based photographer has re-imagined this iconic image to empower women and embrace all different types of beauty.  In Carey Lynne Fruth’s American Beauty photo series, she encouraged her volunteer models to step into flower scene as “self-possessed, empowered subjects rather than sexual objects." In the film, a middle-­aged man fantasizes about a thin, blonde, teenaged girl.
I was fourteen years old the first time I watched porn. Before I saw a “p” go into a “v”, the closest I got to sexual enlightenment was a scene from that Howard Stern movie, Private Parts. A woman calls into his newly-created show and professes her love for the radio host so, as a gesture of gratitude (I’m guessing?), Howard agrees to have sex with her on-air. The woman straddles an amplifier in her living room while Stern makes this low, continuous humming sound into the microphone, vibrating the speaker.
The Instagram account danascullystyle takes Dana Scully Barbie off the shelf and puts her in action, where she belongs. Scully Barbie is part of the X-Files Mulder and Scully Barbie set, which is a real thing you need to buy. This awesome Instagram poses Scully in a variety of scenes from investigating ectoplasmic manifestations and conducting autopsies to snuggling up with Mulder. We need more Barbies of badass female TV characters. Check out some of the awesome pics below: 1. Scully is never off the clock when there are X-Files to be solved. 2. Just a little light reading. 3.
Madewell reinvigorates fuzzed-out 90s flares by enlisting Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and her daughter, Coco Gordon Moore, for their campaign for a new collection by Daryl Kerrigan (sales start tomorrow). Kerrigan is famed as owner of NYC label, Daryl K, and for designing THE hip hugger bootleg jean of the 90s. You may remember her downtown it-girl style and intial enlistment of Kim Gordon way back when. Daryl includes a statement on Kim Gordon as her design inspiration: One of Daryl’s most legendary fans is rock legend Kim Gordon.
NEWS FLASH: THIS WORLD isn’t exactly kind to fat people. Studies show that big folks are discriminated against in almost every aspect of life. Thankfully, we have Stacy Bias and her Rad Fatty Merit Badges to lighten the load. Stacy Bias, Fat Activist and Creator of Rad FattyBias, a London-based activist, came up with the idea of making badges that celebrate the small accomplishments of large people after she watched a hateful anti-fat viral video.
Firstly, let me give you my demographics: white, woman, 34, liberal, feminist, low-income, blue-collar background, no children, in debt, first in family to go to college, living in major U.S. city. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the “issues.” I’m one of those people born in between the Millennials and Gen X. I have no allegiances to either. Sometimes I think this makes me an objective outsider. Other times, I have no idea why people are so blind. In this election season, it feels like both. Starting with Bernie: he’s Polish.
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