The Case for Bold, Provocative Feminism

Last night I had the opportunity to engage in one of those Feminist Discussions. "I'm going to get across to him," you think to yourself. "I'm going to make a difference. I'll going to be the one to change him." You know what I'm talking about. You talk for three hours over whiskey (and salvia? Sure, why not). You… » 10/20/14 3:25pm Monday 3:25pm

Being Evil Is Fun: What Mr. Hyde Teaches Us

"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" was published in 1886 by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. This Gothic horror novella has permeated the imaginations of readers to this day. Although modern readers may simply write off the aforementioned Doctor Jekyll as having dissociative identity disorder, those… » 10/20/14 3:24pm Monday 3:24pm

Framing Bisexuality as a Lie

I was behind on my TV watching this weekend. I got sucked into gaping maw of Gilmore Girls on Netflix and chased it with some Parenthood binging so, despite being laid up with the flu for an entire week this month I had a bunch of shows to catch up on. Because it's Halloween season, I spent most of my time in front of… » 10/20/14 2:39pm Monday 2:39pm

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 10/14/14 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 10/14/14 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