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This Jacket Is a Dream Come True and I Need It Now

Traveling—comfortably, anyhow—requires bringing a lot of little stuff. This, in turn, requires a lot of sifting through your bag(s) to access said stuff, which can be exasperating, a little time-consuming, and straight-up frustrating. But via a well-funded Kickstarter project comes a beacon of hope. » 7/17/15 2:05pm 7/17/15 2:05pm

Shitty Kickstarter Is Selling Hot Farts in a Bottle

It takes a lot to make a house a home. Some people go for bright colors and comfortable furnishings. Some, if Etsy is to be believed, recognize that there's no way to make a home more personal than by sticking handmade tchotchkes all over the place. And you? You can buy a collection of "fart jars" for $500. » 2/23/15 10:00pm 2/23/15 10:00pm

​Model Andreja Pejic Is Crowdfunding an Autobiographical Documentary

In July, Andreja Pejic, the Serbian-born Australian model who rose to fame for her androgynous look and style, came out as a trans woman. Now, she and a filmmaker friend are creating a documentary about her past as well as her uncertain future in modeling and are asking for support for their Kickstarter campaign. » 9/07/14 4:30pm 9/07/14 4:30pm

Dude Raises $160K on Kickstarter for Horror Show Period Underwear

Some dude has created a Kickstarter for Period Panties, which are special underpants with lurid cartoons on them that you can wear when you're on your period. Period Panties are meant to helpfully eliminate the difficulty of explaining to your significant other that you are menstruating (because saying "I am on my… » 2/13/14 1:00pm 2/13/14 1:00pm

Guardian Writer Gets Lambasted Over Insensitive Crowdfunding Column

Earlier this week, British musician Devonté Hynes lost all his belongings when a fire broke out in his apartment. Even more tragically, the fire killed his beloved dog Cupid. Seeking a way to help, the mother of his girlfriend Samantha Urbani (of the band Friends) started a Go Fund Me that has raised over $24,000 from… » 12/19/13 3:50pm 12/19/13 3:50pm

Crowdfund an all-woman anthology of scifi and fantasy stories

Athena's Daughters is an upcoming anthology written, edited, and illustrated entirely by women, and it's looking for a little crowdfunding support. You can also pledge your dollars toward 3D scanned skull jewelry, a massive zombie taxonomy poster, and a series of beautifully illustrated art books. » 12/15/13 4:27pm 12/15/13 4:27pm

Kickstarter Apologizes: 'We Were Wrong' to Fund Rapey Project

Kickstarter just published a thoughtful, effective apology for allowing a slimy pick-up artist to use the site to solicit funds for a "seduction guide" that reads like a how-to for sexually harassing and assaulting women. Here's the company's explanation — entitled "We were wrong" — which includes a vow to ban… » 6/21/13 12:30pm 6/21/13 12:30pm

Kickstarter Says Rapey Project Is 'Abhorrent,' Allows Funding Anyway

A self-described "master pickup artist" used Kickstarter to raise 800% of his target goal to publish a book that encourages men to aggressively dominate women — specifically without asking for permission — if they want to get laid. After widespread protest, Kickstarter called the project "abhorrent and inconsistent… » 6/20/13 3:40pm 6/20/13 3:40pm

Redditor's PUA Kickstarter Project Recommends Sexual Assault

There's a pick-up artist project on Kickstarter — (over)funded almost exclusively thanks to Reddit, natch —- that encourages men to "force" women to rebuff advances because “personal space is for pussies." Will Kickstarter shut it down before the creator receives over $15,000 this afternoon? » 6/19/13 10:00am 6/19/13 10:00am

Zosia Mamet's $32,000 Folk Music Kickstarter Failed

We were really hoping that Zosia Mamet's music video Kickstarter was a deft parody of celebrities who make Kickstarters, given that she talked about wanting to hang out with her sister more while sitting on a pile of wood. In front of a cabin, because David Mamet's daughters call their band the "Cabin Sisters."… » 6/10/13 2:45pm 6/10/13 2:45pm