Sony Is Planning A "Guy-Themed" Ghostbusters

The all female Ghostbusters movie hasn't even filmed a single shot and already Sony is prepping a male-cast version. Because life is a nightmare. » 3/09/15 3:38pm 3/09/15 3:38pm

I Can't Stop Using This Shitty App That I Hate

That goddamn app. Even though it's ugly and incomprehensible and barfs useless notifications at me, I keep using it. When I touch its stupid icon on my screen, it's a hate tap. It's a finger cringe. But I can't quit! » 3/06/15 3:00pm 3/06/15 3:00pm

Marvel Has A Serious Problem Merchandising Its Female Characters

In between marketing winding up for its May release and Toy Fair around the corner, merchandise for Age of Ultron has been showing up everywhere. But one Avenger has been largely absent: Black Widow. It's not something new to Marvel — and that's starting to be a problem. » 1/27/15 9:00am 1/27/15 9:00am

The Flash's Iris West Is The Worst Blogger Ever

Ah, Iris West: Jitters barista by day, intrepid chronicler of the Flash's superspeed shenanigans by night. But while The Flash has been off the air, we've been thinking that maybe Iris isn't Central City's best Citizen Journalist. In fact, she's actually the worst blogger on the internet, which is quite an achievement. » 1/19/15 11:00am 1/19/15 11:00am

The Future of Women on Earth May Be Darker Than You Thought

It's easy to get caught up in the internet gender war trainwreck, where we're still arguing over whether women belong in tech or rape victims are liars. But let's set that shit aside and take the long view: Do we have any evidence that the future will bring greater freedom to women, or should we expect more dystopia? » 1/02/15 12:00pm 1/02/15 12:00pm

Into The Woods Should Have Killed This Character

Into the Woods had a powerhouse cast and a gorgeous sound. But there's still something missing in this musical: the death of a certain character. And it nearly kills the movie. Spoilers ahead. » 12/29/14 1:48pm 12/29/14 1:48pm

How to Cancel Christmas When Your Kids Are Too Entitled

Let's say you have a couple kids who have been acting way too ungrateful, seriously entitled, and majorly disrespectful this year. You want to teach them more gratitude but you don't know how to do it. Guess what? Christmas is just around the corner. Try canceling it. It's easy! » 12/24/14 2:50pm 12/24/14 2:50pm

Why I'm Kind Of Tired Of The "Smartest Man In The Room"

He used to be so cool and unpredictable. He would breeze into a complicated situation and make it simple through the razor-sharp power of his intellect. But lately, he's gotten dull and predictable, performing the same party trick over and over. The "smartest man in the room" is overexposed lately, and he needs a… » 12/22/14 1:09pm 12/22/14 1:09pm

It's Great We're Getting A Captain Marvel Movie. It's Also Not Enough.

When Marvel announced that its next round of movies would include a Captain Marvel movie, we were thrilled. Yes, a major Marvel movie featuring a popular and wonderful female superhero. But amidst that celebration, let's not forget there are still tons of worthy female superheroes who would make excellent movie stars. » 11/13/14 12:30pm 11/13/14 12:30pm

It's Time to Kill the Phone Call

The phone call isn't dead. Despite what many a journalist/blogger/paranoid internet commenter might have you believe, smartphones can indeed still dial out. Of course, that doesn't mean it's not in the process of dying. And if you have even a shred of decency about you, you'll help take it out back Old-Yeller-style… » 11/11/14 12:00pm 11/11/14 12:00pm

Are You Hurting Your Brain By "Hate-Watching" Bad Television?

Everybody does it. We obsessively watch TV shows that we kind of despise, and then we mock them, and complain about them on the internet afterwards. "Hate-watching" is a thing now. What's going on — are we just masochists? Are we doing serious damage to our bodies? What's the worst thing that could happen to us? » 11/03/14 12:18pm 11/03/14 12:18pm

Hey Dude, You're Not Stuck in the Friendzone Cuz You Dress Shitty

Today in bad advice: The ludicrous notion that $575 aviators and a $3,500 bomber jacket will make an otherwise meh dude suddenly fuckable to a woman who has decided she's not interested in him that way. Really Esquire, don't encourage them. » 11/02/14 6:00pm 11/02/14 6:00pm

Here's a Reenactment of the Best Bath & Body Works Rant of All Time

Please join me for "Oh Jen, Your Ass Is Gonna Get Reamed": A Dramatic Recreation of one woman's harrowing journey to Bath & Body Works for a $&%^$&* CANDLE THAT I HAVE BEEN ON YOU ABOUT FOR A WEEK! And I said "a live person!?" and I said 'WHO THE FUCK DO YOU THINK I AM TALKING TO NOW?' (I left out the F word.) » 10/14/14 5:10pm 10/14/14 5:10pm

You're Wrong About Voicemail

My mother is untrainable. At least, as far as voicemail is concerned. We'd repeat the same song and dance over and over. Me: Stop leaving me voicemails. Her: I don't understand. This went on for years, until I figured out she was right all along. » 1/07/15 10:20am 1/07/15 10:20am

"Strong Women Characters" Who Made Mistakes (And Learned From Them)


You know what we really want from our "strong female characters" in pop culture? Not to be perfect human beings. Or to screw up and be sidelined. What we want is to see them do what all great characters do: make mistakes, and grow as a result. Here are a ton of female heroes whose mistakes made them great. » 9/10/14 1:46pm 9/10/14 1:46pm

Why The Giver Still Matters

This weekend, Hollywood will release the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, a film many of us have been waiting for since our junior high years. And in a world of Hunger Games, Divergents and many more popular YA novels, we'd like to talk about why this slightly older book still matters. » 8/14/14 11:00am 8/14/14 11:00am

Does It Matter That The TV Version Of Constantine Is Straight?

This fall is seeing a huge crop of comic-book TV shows, and one of the most promising is Constantine. The trench-coated antihero who copes with the unsavory side of magic is getting a more faithful portrayal. Except he won't smoke. And now we're hearing his sexuality will be toned down too. Does it matter? » 7/14/14 12:58pm 7/14/14 12:58pm

How Could Disney Do This To Maleficent?

This weekend Maleficent made a boatload of cash, and that bums me out — because this wasn't the Maleficent I wanted. And it certainly wasn't the Maleficent we all deserved. Here's why I'm pissed at what Disney did to the biggest and baddest villain around. Warning, spoilers. » 6/03/14 8:00am 6/03/14 8:00am

No Bullshit: Diets Can Feel Good

The Internet has spoken: Quit with the bullshit. Your diet is not fun. You didn't eat that donut you posed with on Instagram. We know what's up, and what's up is that your excitement about kale is a pure farce, an insult to all bearers of mouths. I am here to disagree. » 5/24/14 3:30pm 5/24/14 3:30pm

Why Do We Care So Much About What Female Superheroes Wear, Anyway?

It's no secret that female characters are portrayed in a different way than their male counterparts are in comic art. But in a medium where superhero costumes are already so silly, why do we care so much about how our lady heroes dress? » 5/08/14 2:13pm 5/08/14 2:13pm