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 Friday 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

Canada: "We don't want to make life safe for prostitutes"

Right now, the Canadian Senate is hearing testimony from witnesses against and in favour of the Canadian government's overhaul of our anti-prostitution laws - Bill C36. The old laws that indirectly criminalized prostitution were struck down last December on the grounds of being unconstitutional. The main argument… » 9/12/14 12:52am 9/12/14 12:52am

D&D Fifth Edition Rolls Knowledge (Dungeonqueering), Gets a Natural 20

The Fifth Edition of Dungeons and Dragons has begun its staggered launch. The Player's Handbook hit game stores just last month, the Monster Manual is due out September 30th, and the Dungeon Master's Guide will arrive November 18th. With a new edition comes new rules, and there are a number of big changes being… » 9/06/14 11:01pm 9/06/14 11:01pm

My (L)Activism, My Self?

Reading through the criticism of Mindy Kaling for her refusal to write an abortion-centered episode of The Mindy Project, it was interesting to see different peoples stances on Mindy's social responsibility. When we, as feminists - or human beings, or adults - have a public platform, what degree of activism do we… » 9/04/14 9:07am 9/04/14 9:07am

Why is not having children considered the selfish thing to do?

My sister-in-law has been on a bit of a FB rampage recently, posting different pictures, quotes, and links a few times every day. A large percentage of them have been about how only mothers know what true selflessness is, and how motherhood itself is the only truly noble path in life. » 9/02/14 1:29pm 9/02/14 1:29pm

About That Time I Did Professional Arabface

I've mentioned before in comments that I once had a job where I, for lack of a better term, worked in Arabface. There wasn't any makeup involved, but that didn't matter. You don't have to paint your body to be doing it. I figured it's time, though, to do a full post - my thoughts on this are still not entirely settled. » 8/30/14 4:52pm 8/30/14 4:52pm

A Bunk of One's Own (A Woman at Sea)

It either makes great irony or great sense that someone who works with the fishing industry doesn't actually eat seafood. On one hand, I have the freshest fish available all around me and I don't take advantage. On the other hand I'm not that person at the restaurant quizzing the waiter "Where was this fish caught?… » 8/27/14 10:10pm 8/27/14 10:10pm