Tropes vs Women: "Ruby Sparks" As The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

You may have heard that Nathan Rabin, the writer who coined the term "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" and named the trope apologized last week for doing so, saying: » 7/22/14 11:02am Tuesday 11:02am

One Kid, Three Biological Parents: A New Stage in IVF

The UK Department of Health has reviewed the three person IVF technique and roundly supported its use to prevent mitochondrial disease in newborn children. A number of details must be addressed prior to sending the plans to Parliament, but this is a huge step forward towards legalizing this promising form of IVF. … » 7/22/14 8:52am Tuesday 8:52am

A Field Guide To Dying

Last night, I had another dream about death. That's not unusual; they usually come to me at least once or twice a week, but this one had the pleasure of being even more terrifying than usual. I was living in a house that was a strange mashup of both my apartment and my parents' house. My husband had divorced me, so I… » 7/21/14 8:05pm Monday 8:05pm

Decriminalization of Prostitution May Lead to Fewer Rapes

In 2003, a Rhode Island District Court judge de facto decriminalized indoor prostitution in the state. Researchers used this fact to study the impact decriminalization had on the sex market (size, supply, and cost) and on sexual violence and gonorrhea infections in the state's population as a whole. A newly… » 7/21/14 12:07pm Monday 12:07pm

Orthodox Fashion Line Collaborates with Muslim Blogger

And the reception went about as well as expected, meaning that some of the line's customers freaked out. Like come on people, I like the religion, like a lot, and would really really prefer for people to not assume I'm an intolerant xenophobe 'cause you go and ruin a nice thing. » 7/18/14 2:22pm 7/18/14 2:22pm

Is Taylor Swift's less sexualized image helping her career?

Defining why certain musical artists have staying power and others don't almost seems like an impossible endeavor. It certainly isn't talent. I learned that when Madonna clearly won out over Cyndi Lauper in the female pop singer battle of the early 80s. But there is often this indefinable substance that… » 7/17/14 9:24am 7/17/14 9:24am

On Being "The Poor One" as a Kid

Sometime during my youth I saw an interview on TV with Richard Branson or some other eccentric rich person, where he extolled the value of circling yourself with people who are better off than you are. His theory was that they will help you get to places you wouldn't have made on your own. I took this to heart, not in… » 7/13/14 4:28pm 7/13/14 4:28pm