Losing a Stepparent: the Phone Calls

I met my stepdad when I was six years old. The first joke he ever told me: "I have blue hair, 'cuz it all blew away, you see?" I liked that one—the rest of his jokes, it took me awhile to understand. I remember him hurting my feelings a lot when I was little, because his sense of humor was dry and sarcastic. My little… » 10/14/14 2:50pm Tuesday 2:50pm

Such Sights To Show You: Women in the Works of Clive Barker

Clive Barker is undoubtedly one of the best writers the horror genre has ever seen. Barker's macabre imagination has sprung numerous iconic characters; Pinhead, (every Cenobite, really), Candyman, etc. Clive Barker is also a feminist in much of his writing, which is why he is one of the foundations of my thesis work… » 10/14/14 1:39pm Tuesday 1:39pm

Ten Not-Shitty Alternatives for Columbus Day

Every year around Columbus Day I feel a great disturbance, as if a million history majors have cried out in terror as they try to decide if it's worth it to explain why the day is racist to friends and relatives on Facebook. And for the past two years the Oatmeal comic extolling the virtues of Bartolomé de las Casas » 10/13/14 10:30am 10/13/14 10:30am

A Weekend to Remember in Ferguson, MO.

Ferguson October weekend was a huge success, as exemplified by the beautiful #OccupySLU initiative. After a rally where speeches were made by community leaders, world renowned intellectuals, and even children (little activists in training), the leaders of the Ferguson protests, including @deray, @nettaaaaaaaa, and… » 10/13/14 9:55am 10/13/14 9:55am

Report: FSU, TPD Hindered Jameis Winston Investigation (UPDATED)

In News That Will Shock Nobody But Will Never Stop Being Appalling, FOX Sports' Kevin Vaughn reports that Tallahassee Police Department reports on the alleged rape were given to Tim Jansen, either by TPD or the university. According to Vaughn, TPD gave case files to the University in November 2013, once they learned… » 10/10/14 6:12pm 10/10/14 6:12pm

Revisiting Antioch's "Ask First" Policy 23 years later

Over 20 years ago, Antioch College was pilloried nationally for its "Ask First" sexual consent policy that it adopted in 1991. In response to two campus rapes that year, it was the first college that required ongoing verbal affirmation at every step of the encounter for it to be considered consensual. Most colleges at… » 10/05/14 6:45pm 10/05/14 6:45pm

Breaking the Gore Ceiling: GWAR Now Has a Frontwoman

News from the world of heavy metal: A woman is now the gore-smeared face of long-lived horror thrash group GWAR. Apparently she wears prosthetic tits that periodically spew blood and goes by "Vulvatron." (Legal name: Kim Dylla.) If you aren't familiar with GWAR, this clip from Beavis and Butthead pretty much provides… » 9/19/14 12:35pm 9/19/14 12:35pm

5 Ways to Get On Your Professor's Good Side

I've been teaching intro courses of one form or another for a couple of years now, so I'm gonna share a few tips on how to endear yourself to the average instructor. My hope is that if you're on hackerspace/lifehacker, you're probably the sort of proactive student who's gonna read 'em and go "duh". » 9/15/14 1:51am 9/15/14 1:51am

Brain Damage as Entertainment: Another Reason Not to Support the NFL

The past few weeks have been hard on the NFL. People are finally talking about the culture of the league and its implicit support of domestic violence. Frankly, the timing couldn't be better. The exposure of this atrocious stance on the abuse of women and children is pulling attention from a new study indicating… » 9/13/14 7:15pm 9/13/14 7:15pm