Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 27 2013

Woman speaks out, woman gets threats – this is my response

Caroline Criado-Perez has been having quite a week. After a three-month campaign, that began after I saw a news story about historical women being wiped off banknotes, the Bank of England finally capitulated. Mark Carney announced that not only would Jane Austen be the face of the new tenner, but that a review process would …

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Jul 25 2013

Outrage, social media and knee-jerk responses

I have a new post up at the Guardian that you can go and fight with. Additionally: I quite like this piece by Laura Hudson at Wired on when the bullied becomes the bullies in the age of social media. I think it’s a difficult discussion and, though I like the article, I’m not sure how …

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Jul 22 2013

No, it’s not the 17th century

Sometimes I think this magical box I type on is from the future, because the world outside remains afraid of falling off the edge, gods throwing lightning, witches’ flying limits, and alien lizard monsters. For example, this isn’t from the 17th century: A Norwegian woman who was given a prison sentence for extramarital sex after …

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Jul 16 2013

White Knight MANifesto

Our plans have been revealed and thus, as Communications Director for the Male Order Brides of the Great FemiNazi Movement, it is my duty to communicate our new rules, as your “freedom” is relinquished from your dirty manhands. ARTICLE I. I.         The PCB (Pearl Clutching Brigade) is monitoring all social media, 24/7, in an effort …

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Jul 10 2013

We know how this will end

Death – or rather dying – is terrifying for many people. Watching or hearing about a great figure like Mandela – one of the greatest figures and leaders of my country – suffering from the inevitable break down of his old body is difficult. However, at Big Think, I’ve taken issue with much reporting of …

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Jul 07 2013

Watch Dustin Hoffman win the Internet today

This is Dustin Hoffman talking about his experience playing a woman in the film Tootsie. In this segment, he talks about getting prepared for the role and why it brought him to tears, due to a revelatory moment surrounding unjustified views of women and physical appearance. HT: The Mary Sue Twitter feed.

Jul 07 2013

Girl raped, needs life-saving abortion, but can’t because every life is sacred. Um. Wait.

This happened again. From Tara Culp-Ressler at ThinkProgress: An 11-year-old Chilean girl who has become pregnant from rape is renewing a contentious debate over abortion in the conservative Catholic country, where the medical procedure is illegal under all circumstances. Doctors have warned that continuing the pregnancy will be dangerous for the 11-year-old’s health, as well …

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Jul 07 2013

Is Katy Perry powered by Twitter?

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She must be, if this Tweet were true. If this gets 250,000 retweets, @katyperry will be with me during my chemotherapy. Please help, it’s my dream! pic.twitter.com/U5sZitZ6pP — Meredith (@LifeAsMeredith) July 5, 2013 You can see at time of capture, it had reached 100,385. I’ve been even more sensitive to quick, knee-jerk reactions to stories …

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Jul 03 2013

Why ‘The Last of Us’ still sticks with me

As you might know, I write on pop culture things, like TV series, films, comics and video games. I recently penned a little article trying to articulate precisely why the Playstation 3 exclusive, The Last of Us, had such a profound impact. If you’ve also finished it, let me know your thoughts at my infrequently …

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Jul 02 2013

Don’t let facts get in the way of a bad story

Some of you may remember Dr Eben Alexander, who had a Newsweek feature about his book Proof of Heaven. (That Newsweek went belly-up and was consumed by the Beast soon should not be seen as a causal connection). Dr Alexander, in gripping and bad Dan Brown prose describes his experience of what he considers the …

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