Rikers Guards Accused of 'Viciously' Beating Up Gay Man For Kissing His Boyfriend

Last May, Thomas Hamm, a gay man, visited his partner at New York City’s Rikers Island. After the two men kissed in the visitor’s room, he claims guards called him a “faggot” and beat him up—resulting in fractured bones and head trauma. This week—nearly 18 months later—Lambda Legal announced they have filed suit… »10/30/15 2:20pm10/30/15 2:20pm

Have You Heard the One About the Murdered Sorority Girls? 

Florida State University’s Chi Omega house looks exactly as a sorority house should: large and stately, with a conservative symmetry in its manicured lawn and beige portico that transmits the values of the sisters who live there. With large Greek letters on its exterior and hand-painted banners hung from its… »10/29/15 1:30pm10/29/15 1:30pm

Is Brie Larson the New, Lower-Key Jennifer Lawrence? 

Lest I be accused of pitting women against one another, just know, I really don’t care about your opinion. Also, these two actresses are both blonde-ish, tall, white, and immensely talented, so the comparison really isn’t much of a stretch. Why point out this parallel now? Lawrence, of course, is best known for her… »10/11/15 10:20pm10/11/15 10:20pm

Oregon Shooter Described as an Isolated Weirdo Who Hated Organized Religion 

Media outlets are quickly uncovering details about Chris Harper Mercer, 26, identified last night as the shooter who killed ten people and injured seven at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on Thursday. His neighbors describe him as an isolated, cranky weirdo in camo pants who frequently yelled at them,… »10/02/15 10:30am10/02/15 10:30am

No One Thinks to Call It Rape When You're a Sex Worker

I wouldn’t say that I was raped that night, but that’s not because I can’t be. And just in that sad assertion—that someone could hypothetically rape me—I’m in disagreement with an editorial published in this weekend’s Chicago Sun-Times, in which writer Mary Mitchell essentially argued that sex workers cannot be raped.… »9/16/15 5:00pm9/16/15 5:00pm

Amy Schumer Calls for Better Background Checks After Trainwreck Shooting

New York Senator Chuck Schumer and his slightly better-known cousin Amy held a joint press conference Monday, calling for stronger background checks and better mental health funding as part of a plan to try to reduce the devastating number of mass shootings in the United States. A gunman killed two women and injured… »8/03/15 12:25pm8/03/15 12:25pm

Why Is Walmart Hiding Copies of Ronda Rousey's Book From Customers? 

This is a weird choice: Walmart will reportedly sell copies of MMA fighter Ronda Rousey’s autobiography My Fight/Your Fight, but they won’t display them in the store. Customers can only buy the book from a Walmart if they order it online and then pick it up at the store. A report from the New York Post claims it’s… »4/06/15 4:10pm4/06/15 4:10pm

Timeline: What the Hell Is Fifty Shades of Grey Doing to People? 

On the surface, Fifty Shades of Grey is a fairly tame and boring movie about two very frightened actors who get undressed and tentatively tickle each other with floggers, but something about the film (or maybe its source material) has caused audiences to go fully insane. Here is a timeline of their bacchanalian… »2/27/15 2:50pm2/27/15 2:50pm

Your Edgy Jian Ghomeshi Halloween Costume Was Not an Original Idea

If you're a self-identified irreverent guy who wanted to spend Halloween in a costume so uniquely Too Soon that bowties would spin in offense and monocles would pop out in surprise, during your hunt for that perfectly distasteful getup, your mind might have alit on dressing like alleged sexual abuser Jian Ghomeshi.… »11/03/14 11:50am11/03/14 11:50am