An Ode to Womanist Characters in TV, Film, and Print: Maxine Shaw

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Womanism serves as a response to the exclusion of marginalized communities form the mainstream feminist movement. Womanism, for me, is the true way to advocate for the legitimization of all types and interpretations of womanhood (and manhood) in our civilization. This article chooses to highlight a character in… » 4/15/14 11:36pm Yesterday 11:36pm

Will The Anglican Communion Tear Itself Apart Over LGBT Issues?

I grew up Roman Catholic. Yet, two years ago, I left communion with Rome after Pope Benedict XVI called same-sex marriage the most significant threat to Western civilisation in the world today. I turned to the Episcopal Church, part of the Anglican Communion, as my new spiritual home. But I fear that home will fall,… » 4/15/14 9:55pm Yesterday 9:55pm

This Bar Will Do Your Laundry While You Get Drunk and Eat Cheese

You know what one of the worst things about doing laundry is? That you can't get stupid drunk while waiting for your delicates to dry. I mean, theoretically you can, but you run a very high risk of drunkenly joining some underground laundry secret society. Those are a total pain in the ass to get out of, trust me. » 4/15/14 9:30pm Yesterday 9:30pm

Police Close Boston Marathon Finish Line, Detonate Unattended Backpacks

Police evacuated the Boston Marathon finish line earlier tonight after they discovered two unattended backpacks at the site of last year's bombings. Both bags were detonated by a bomb squad. One of the bags contained a rice cooker filled with confetti; the other contained photo equipment. » 4/15/14 9:26pm Yesterday 9:26pm

It's Official: Maya Rudolph's Variety Show Has an Airdate!

Ooooooooooohhhhhhh, ooh ooh ooh, Maya Rudolph's variety show is happening—let me be on it! Let me be on it!! Pick me! I have 13 years of girlchoir experience, I kind of remember the choreography to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and I can sing every word of Tom Lehrer's The Elements WHILE DRUNK. (Especially while drunk.)… » 4/15/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

How Ovulation Affects Your Creativity (Even If You're a Guy)

A women's menstrual cycle can affect more than just the way she feels physically and emotionally. The hormone changes might also influence creativity, with research suggesting the phases before and during ovulation can spur creativity—in both women and the men around them. » 4/15/14 7:51pm Yesterday 7:51pm

Game of Thrones Tourism Is Happening, Since Westeros Sounds So Fun

It's not just Ren Faire enthusiasts and Irish-American grandparents who want to vacation on the Emerald Isle anymore, and for that, you can thank Game of Thrones, which films partly outside Belfast. Suddenly the HBO drama is the hottest way to market Ireland as a destination—because doesn't Westeros seem like a darling » 4/15/14 6:30pm Yesterday 6:30pm

Devious Maids Is the Telenovela for Our Times

To be honest, Devious Maids is not the most accurate title for this series. Distractingly Glam and Slightly Horny Maids was probably too lengthy and Murder, Maids Wrote too awkwardly phrased. But when it comes to deviousness, the titular help have nothing on the wealthy sociopaths who sign their paychecks. Knifings,… » 4/15/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Salem Witch Trials: Misogynist Fiction, Or are There Witches Among Us?

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The Salem witch trials epitomize the way that intolerance, hysteria and the miscarriage of justice can be taken to deadly extremes. Though the trials can now clearly be attributed to ye olde fashioned misogyny, there's no denying that, in addition to puritanical patriarchy, some of the prevalent beliefs at the time… » 4/15/14 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm