India Officially Recognizes Transgender People as 'Third Gender'

Yesterday India's Supreme Court legally recognized the country's neither male or female third gender, and declared them entitled to the same education, jobs, and driver's licenses as those who identify as male or female. To Western eyes, this ruling is unprecedented given the same court's recent outlawing of… » 4/16/14 5:15pm 49 minutes ago

Take That Dot Off Your Forehead and Quit Trying to Make Bindis Happen

Another year, another Coachella, another trend mired in cultural appropriation. It's the true circle of life. You can almost watch the fixed gears of hipster logic grind: Now that Native American headdresses are offensive, we need to snatch some cool novelty from another culture. And so it came to be that bindis were a … » 4/16/14 4:45pm Today 4:45pm

Bros, This Is How Your Slut-Shaming Is Backfiring. A Sex Researcher…

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When a Duke frat boy recognized a classmate in the porn clip he was watching, the gossip was just too good. He spread the news among some other bros on campus, and the rumor soon traveled from Duke's campus to the blogosphere (including Playboy SFW). Belle Knox, as the student revealed her porn identity to be, was… » 4/16/14 4:30pm Today 4:30pm

This Week in Tabloids: Miley in Danger of Drug-Induced Heart Attack

Welcome back to Midweek Madness, in which Callie Beusman and I try to snuggle up to tabloid gossip, using the silky sheets from the new issues of Ok!, In Touch, Life & Style, Us, and Star. This week: One cover features a sonogram "dramatization" to "prove" that Angelina Jolie is knocked up; Tori Spelling offers TMI; and… » 4/16/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

I Can't Stop Watching This Super-Intense Mexican Soap Opera Clip

This clip from the telenovela María la del Barrio is four minutes of extreme hysteria in which a teenage girl in a wheelchair gets kissed on the cheek, setting a woman off on a violent, murderous rampage. You don't need to know Spanish to understand that this lady is probably the best actress in the entire world. » 4/16/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Watch Elizabeth Banks Take a Walk of Shame in a Bandage Dress

Sometimes it feels like they're writing these movie titles specifically for the headlines of blog posts. In Walk of Shame, Elizabeth Banks plays an uptight "good girl" newscaster named Meghan Miles who finds out she's been turned down for her dream job and decides to blow off some steam by fucking James Marsden. » 4/16/14 2:20pm Today 2:20pm

Candy Bars, Ranked

If I learned two things when I ranked Little Debbie Snack Foods, they were that a) there's a lot of humor to be mined from the American junk food industry, and b) absolutely no one on the face of the Earth agrees with me about anything. Clearly, I haven't learned the second lesson, because this week we're throwing down … » 4/16/14 1:59pm Today 1:59pm

Girls to the Front! The Punk Singer and How Riot Grrrl Changes Lives

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The first time I heard musician and Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna sing, "We want revolution…girl-style noooowwww," I was 16 years old, living deep in the suburbs listening to the Bikini Kill cassette a friend's younger sister had dubbed for me. The year was 1993, and the sound of that band cracked my world wide… » 4/16/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm