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    Fri. October 31

    Pop Stars Who “Skinny Shame” Bring All Women Down

    Chelsea Samelson

    One radio station, two songs, three little words: “those skinny bitches.”

    Thanks to two female “musicians,” we get the gift of hearing those words on the radio over and over and over again.

    First, it was Meghan Trainor with her hit single, “All About that Bass”: “Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches . . . boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”

    Then, it was Nicki Minaj, the queen of all things crass, who put it more bluntly in her song, “Anaconda”: “F— those skinny bitches . . . f— you if you skinny bitches.”

    Lovely, right? How about a big round of applause for two women who clearly hold their fellow females in such high regard?

    Apparently, the new way to make bigger girls feel better is to make skinny girls feel worse. Fat shaming doesn’t cause enough pain, so now skinny girls get to feel ostracized too!

    Welcome to…

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    Fri. October 31

    Bill Murray and the Case for Self-Reflection

    R. J. Moeller

    Few people fascinate me the way Bill Murray does. At this point, his quirky, magnanimous behavior on and off the silver screen is the stuff of legend (or, for the more cynical among us, fodder for another round of eye rolls). I wrote about Murray earlier this year here at Acculturated and the impetus behind my previous post was a revealing interview the actor gave at that time to Charlie Rose.

    Earlier this month, in support of his latest performance in St. Vincent, Bill Murray joined talk radio’s biggest name, Howard Stern, for an hour-long, in-depth conversation about his life, career, and relationships.

    If you’d like to hear the Stern interview, click here. For fans of Bill Murray, it’s worth your time.

    One distinct thing that stands out as a common thread in many of Murray’s recent interviews is the aroma of self-reflection he exudes. In a…

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  • US President Barack Obama meets with Dallas nurse Nina Pham

    Thu. October 30

    Nina Pham’s Heroism and Grace

    Ashley E. McGuire

    Nina Pham, known casually as the “Ebola nurse,” has become an overnight celebrity. And she’s handled her newfound status with more class and humility than most professional celebrities.

    Pham won us all over almost immediately, starting with the act of service that resulted in her contracting Ebola to begin with. In caring for the dying, Ebola-stricken Thomas Duncan, the first case to reach the United States and to-date the worst and only fatal case stateside, Pham could have called in sick or refused to expose herself, as many other healthcare workers are doing in hospitals where patients are being tested for the disease. Instead, she lived out her vocation as an emergency room nurse when it was really tested and volunteered to jump in. When she became ill and the nation’s worries mounted, Pham allowed the release of a YouTube video of herself in a quarantined hospital room surrounding…

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    Thu. October 30

    Women: Don’t Worry If You Haven’t Married by 29

    Erin Vargo

    Upon reading Ashley McGuire’s recent article, Should Women Marry in Their 20s?, I found myself confused and moved to respond. With all due respect to the author, the argument merits a closer look.

    First, I’d like to congratulate Ashley, a 29-year-old wife and expectant mother whose “mature and supportive husband” has helped make possible her flourishing career. However, while I’m sure she did not intend to sound judgmental, her viewpoint came across as condescending. Relationships are incredibly subjective and dynamic, and it’s arrogant to gauge other people’s relationships on the basis of your own.

    The crux of the article is summed up in the second to last paragraph:

    “[W]omen are fools if they spend their 20s not giving marriage any thought, or viewing marriage as a career or fun-killer, or letting a man string them along from 25 to 28. And yet so many smart…

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    Wed. October 29

    Esquire’s Mentoring Project

    Mark Tapson

    Esquire magazine isn’t a resource I would ordinarily go to for sagacity about manhood. For many years now, both it and its theoretically more mature competition GQ have, in their quest for a younger demographic, become only marginally more sophisticated versions of lads’ mags like Maxim. But I have to give Esquire credit for recently initiating The Mentoring Project, which encourages its male readership to seek out local mentoring organizations in order to help change the lives of kids who need role models and guidance.

    For inspiration, the magazine posed the question “Who made you the man you are today?” and asked “fifty extraordinary men to tell us about the parents, coaches, teachers, troops leaders, religious leaders, and all-purpose mentors who helped them get to where they are today.” The list includes a range of famous figures from Chuck Norris and David Petraeus to Seth MacFarlane and Jimmy Kimmel.

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    Wed. October 29

    Jason Aldean and The Other Woman

    R. J. Moeller

    Country music superstar Jason Aldean has ruffled some cowboy hat-wearing feathers among the genre’s fans for how he publically handled both the dissolution of his marriage and his recent engagement to American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr.

    From The Washington Post:

    Aldean’s been on the defense ever since he and Kerr took their relationship public this year—first on the red carpet at the CMT Awards and then through a series of cutesy couple Instagram photos—and, in an unusual move, has been talking back to the fans who dare judge him. Aldean filed for divorce from the mother of his two daughters last spring, less than a year after TMZ posted photos of Aldean and Kerr all over each other at a Los Angeles bar.

    Traditional country music fans didn’t take too kindly to seeing Aldean, one of the biggest stars in Nashville, strike up a real relationship…

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    Wed. October 29

    ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Needs to Go

    Chelsea Samelson

    The first time I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I walked out. It was a live performance put on by some local art buffs, and everything about it was just…awful. The singing, dancing, acting, acoustics, everything.

    But to give it a fair shot, I later watched the movie, as so many people seem to think it’s the most brilliant gift of artistic vision known to mankind.

    It’s not.

    And it’s that time of year again, when local theatres everywhere are putting on their own renditions of the cult classic. I’m still left wondering why on Earth people still keep going to see it. Everything about the show is bizarre. From start to finish, it’s offbeat, unpredictable and just…strange. This much, though, I actually respect—most modern movies are bland, trite, and boringly predictable. So I can appreciate the quirky originality of Rocky Horror.

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    Tue. October 28

    Prudence: Long Live the Queen

    Andrew Ferguson

    From The Seven Deadly Virtues, Andrew Ferguson’s take on the lack of prudence in New Science, which he defines as “the application of the methodologies of the physical sciences to realms of human behavior— our motives, habits, morality, emotions, instincts, likes, and dislikes.” — [Ed.]

    A pile of studies in the New Science has been rising on my desk over the last few months. All of them are certified by scientists at top universities. Here we go:

    An online survey of 334 subjects shows that parents accidentally confuse children’s names more often when the names of the children sound alike. MRIs from Western University in Ontario show that students well-trained in arithmetic are “better equipped to score higher on PSAT math.” Economic researchers “applied a Two Stage Least Squares methodology” to a set of real estate listings and discovered that “unattractive real estate agents achieve quicker…

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    Tue. October 28

    ‘Whiplash': Are Millennials Too Soft for Greatness?

    Mark Judge

    “The most destructive two words in the English language are good job.”

    That’s a line from the new film Whiplash by writer/director Damien Chazelle. The story is of young jazz musician  Andrew (Miles Teller), who is a drummer studying at an elite music conservatory. His instructor, Mr. Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a man who is a combination of Simon Cowell, jazz drumming legend Buddy Rich, and Hitler, easily slides from hard-driving lunatic to psychopath and back again. He treats his “studio band” at the school like Marine recruits, calling into question their manhood, using racial and religious slurs, and tossing chairs against the wall when he’s not happy. Imagine two hours of a sensitivity training seminar, then imagine the opposite. That’s Whiplash. To Fletcher, telling someone “good job” is the same as saying they’re average, and that’s worse than death.

    What makes Whiplash so…

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  • Paris Hilton performs her DJ debut at the Pop Music Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil in front of thousands of ecstatic fans

    Tue. October 28

    In Defense of Paris Hilton

    Erin Vargo

    Renowned DJ Deadmau5 (real name: Joel Zimmerman) had some harsh words to say about DJ Paris Hilton, relative newcomer to the world of Electronic Dance Music (EDM). His complaint was aired in a lengthy post on his official Tumblr page, in which he compared Hilton’s career as a fellow producer to a novice signing up for an Indy 500 race “just coz”:

    “Im a noob indy / f1 / racing fan.  I love the sport, the community, events, and the tech… But, let’s get real here for a second… theres no way in hell one day im going to just randomly show up to a racing event, proclaiming my ‘super awesome driving talent’ and get in the race just because i’ve been lucky enough in life… So maybe youll catch me performing in the snake pit, atrtending a professional track event, or even having some friendly fun with some legit…

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