What Google Knows About Your Fantasy Life

When are subconscious urges just fantasies and when do they reveal something significant about our interior lives? This is the question lurking just beneath the surface of some recent studies on the way people search the Internet. In a new book, Everybody Lies, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former data scientist at Google, uses data on Internet … Continued

Culture

Looking for Misogyny in the All the Wrong Places

The Guardian’s Jessica Valenti—author of several books including Sex Object and Full Frontal Feminism—recently tweeted her latest complaint: My favorite, though, is when men will only direct questions & conversation at my husband (this happens w/’progressive’ guys too) — Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) March 17, 2017 It’s nice that she notes that it’s not only knuckle-dragging … Continued

Culture

Hillary: The Candidate Who Cried Misogyny

Hillary Clinton is having a bad month of September. The FBI summary of its interview with the former Secretary of State regarding her secretive email practices was not flattering, and her appearance at an NBC presidential forum was underwhelming. Then, on Sunday, after dismissing concerns about her health as “conspiracy theories,” Clinton nearly collapsed at … Continued

Politics

Does Quentin Tarantino Hate Women and Minorities?

It must be nice to have the time to jump on board every “controversy” surrounding any movie that doesn’t completely affirm your personal worldview. From MSNBC.com: Quentin Tarantino’s new film “The Hateful Eight” had its detractors before it was even released. Many filmgoers and critics took issue with his commitment to the copious use of the N-word in his … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Why are Celebrity Pregnancies the Only Ones We Want to See?

A sausage in casing. That is how one person described meteorologist Katie Fehlinger, pregnant with twins and still on air at 35 weeks along, on social media. The mom-to-be, who reports the weather every morning for the Philadelphia CBS affiliate, has been called “disgusting” and other insults, just for appearing with a pregnancy bump on television. … Continued

Culture

New Study Reveals that Nice Guys Are Manipulative Jerks

Recently a new study about so-called “benevolent sexism” stirred up internet indignation with its provocative conclusion that “Being Nice to Women Is a Sign of Sexism,” as one headline put it. “Men who hold doors open and smile may actually be sexist, study claims,” said another headline. “It turns out chivalrous men are actually just … Continued

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We Land on a Comet, the Media Cry Sexism

Last Wednesday, the European Space Agency (ESA) landed a space probe on a 2.5-mile long comet over 300 million miles away. Let that extraordinary human achievement sink in for a moment. Now let this sink in: the bulk of the media attention for this historic event is centered on a garish bowling shirt worn by … Continued

Culture

“True Blood” and Misogyny

When it comes to explicit sex and violence on television these days, Game of Thrones probably leaps first to mind, but it would be difficult to find a show that pushes those boundaries further than True Blood, HBO’s sex-and-gore-soaked soap opera about small-town Southern vampires. It would also be hard to find a show that … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Television

Breitbart’s Awful, Misogynistic Mistake

The human body has a language, and certain poses are inherently degrading. Being on all fours with your head down is different than waltz dancing. One shows submission and a face close to the dirt; the other posture, dignity, and a head closer to heaven. The boys at the conservative website Breitbart should know this. … Continued

Culture

Pop Music Cowardice: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”

What a shame it is that Robin Thicke, the blue-eyed soul singer, has turned out to be a coward. Thicke has a new album coming out, and to promote it he has released a single and video called “Blurred Lines” (warning: NSFW). The video features Thicke, rapper T.I., and the producer Pharrell surrounded by three … Continued

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