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This weekend, the Web played host to a volley of transphobic hate speech and the subsequent backlash that erupted over social media. And though we as a society are unfortunately inundated with hateful internet rants, this particular spat was particularly shocking due to its source—a handful of British feminist journalists.  Suzanne Moore The trouble began with Suzanne Moore’s essay for New Statesman, “Seeing Red: the Power of Female Anger”. Though the piece is mainly concerned with how misogyny blossoms during economic recessions, it was her quip of...
The linguistic phenomenon of “creaky voice” has been well documented and, one would have thought, sufficiently argued about. If you’ve spent any time on a college campus in the past decade, or have even found yourself in the presence of young women in that time, you’re probably very familiar with what is called “vocal fry”. It’s that speech pattern, most evident in young women, that involves letting the ends of phrases ride low in the vocal register. “Creaky voice” is quickly becoming ubiquitous in upwardly...
If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all. Or in this case, keep your pencils down. In New Bern, North Carolina, when exiting a restaurant, a lesbian couple was handed a letter by the restaurant owner condemning homosexuality. After finishing and paying for their meal, Ariel and Shawnee McPhail were handed a letter from The Stingray Cafe’s owner, Ed McGovern. In the letter McGovern pretty much states that homosexuality is against God’s will and that they should “take a look at their...
On Wednesday afternoon Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC host of Andrea Mitchell Reports, corrected a guest on her show for using the term pro-life. When the guest, Republican strategist Juleanna Glover, started to define herself as “deeply pro-life,” Mitchell immediately countered “What I would call anti-abortion…to use the term that I think is more value neutral.” Andrea Mitchell challenging Juleanna Glover's "pro-life" terminology The ideological battle over abortion is at the forefront of our national conversation, to the point that even the underlying terminology is being fervently debated. According...
Check out the new animated collage video from NYC veterans the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, it includes creepy smoking children, fights, and psychedelic zombies. The video was directed by Lucy Dyson and is an excellent reminder that these guys still got it! Click here for a review of the new album Meat and Bone, out on Mom and Pop Records. The boys will be on David Letterman tonight, so tune in and get DOWN!  ...
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