Pregnant Women Who Smoke and Drink Turn Kids Gay, Says Science Troll

A neurobiologist from Amsterdam University who has discovered a gross new way to troll people has made two claims, one more surprising than the other: a) women's lifestyle choices during pregnancy can affect the development of their children, specifically b) that smoking during pregnancy may increase the likelihood… » 1/19/14 3:00pm 1/19/14 3:00pm

We Must Not Shut Up About How Women Are Treated on the Internet

Anyone who genuinely cares about anything is bound to sound like a broken record from time to time. If you actually give a shit about a problem (and I don't mean a "problem" like "the co-op is out of Honeycrisps," I mean a PROBLEM PROBLEM), then you don't just lodge your complaint and sit back down while the world… » 1/08/14 12:40pm 1/08/14 12:40pm

Mac from It’s Always Sunny Is Camille Paglia’s Spirit Animal

It's not for us to fret over the various pronouncements proto-troll Camille Paglia heaves at the general public — they're all meant to be incendiary, like tiny word grenades full of phrases or sentiments meant to ruffle liberal feathers. She has all the academic credentials that your favorite liberal arts professor… » 12/28/13 3:30pm 12/28/13 3:30pm

Quit Paying Attention to That Vile Troll Website

Oh Return of Kings, that little internet compendium of fetid little trolls who sit in a troll-pile, rubbing bits of fossilized troll-poop together while gleefully squalling about how much they hate ugly chicks. Return of Kings is a disgusting, misogynistic website, a non-stop stream of vitriolic, horrifying garbage.… » 11/26/13 11:40am 11/26/13 11:40am

Concern Trolls Criticize Pregnant Weightlifter, Internet Remains Awful

The internet is not the place to go if you’re looking for universal validation for your life choices. Sure, you may run into a lot of similarly-minded people who will tell you, “Oh, it is extremely cool that you’re having a Christian Slater marathon this afternoon, and you’re right — best not even to bother with… » 9/22/13 12:30pm 9/22/13 12:30pm

Planning a Wedding? Save Time and Sanity With the CTFD Method

Are you a person who is either getting married or who has ever gotten married via a ritual we call a wedding? Then I have a suggestion for how you might go about it that covers thinking about your wedding, planning it, participating in it, asking others to participate in it, or reflecting on it for the duration of… » 9/03/13 12:05pm 9/03/13 12:05pm

Don't Ignore the Trolls. Feed Them Until They Explode.

It's been a bad week for women on the internet—but also a clarifying and validating one. British MP Stella Creasy began receiving rape threats on Twitter (in other news: fish are bonkers about water!) after expressing support for feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who was also being deluged with misogynist… » 7/31/13 5:15pm 7/31/13 5:15pm

Facebook Watchdog Group 'Rapebook' Throws In The Towel

Social networks' chicken-egg impact on rape culture has been discussed in detail since before the landmark case in Steubenville (and, more recently, a quite similar case in Torrington, Connecticut). As of this morning, a Belfast teen's Facebook post about raping a woman has garnered 1,226 likes. (It was since… » 4/06/13 3:30pm 4/06/13 3:30pm

Is Kristen Schaal a Wildly Successful Kaufman-esque Comedy Troll?

The Daily Show's "Senior Women's Issues Correspondent" might be really good at pranking the world –- or not, depending on how seriously you take her particular brand of comedy. Comedian Kristen Schaal's latest performance, which aired Monday night on Comedy Central, is dividing her fans, who can't quite figure out… » 4/02/13 5:00pm 4/02/13 5:00pm