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MTV Pulls the Punch. But why?

While MTV originally planned to band-aid the episode of Jersey Shore featuring Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi getting punched--hard--in the face by by airing a PSA cautioning "Violence against women in any form is a crime," they've now decided to not run the footage at all. An MTV representative said "What happened to 'Snooki' was a crime and obviously extremely disturbing. After hearing from our...

On the Map: A Glimpse of Life in Flux

Joseph Mathew Varghese is a photojournalist-cum-filmmaker whose clean visual aesthetic gives way to a somewhat distant and subdued cultural crossing in the richly intricate Bombay Summer. Varghese's first narrative feature film, Bombay Summer follows in the footsteps of the director's two previously released documentary films in presenting an intimate perspective of one of the world's...

Screenshot: Sweet Dee Reynolds, Inadvertent Gender Liberator

Sweet Dee Reynolds is not the voice of the reason in a crowd; she's the voice at the back of an angry mob agitating for more kerosene and a sharper pitchfork.

Sapphic Salon: Why Lady Gaga is important for gay women

When Lady Gaga first told a gay magazine she was bisexual at the end of 2008, she was still a rising star. "Just Dance" had just begun switching over from gay club anthem to mainstream radio hit, and sure, she could probably benefit from using her sexuality as a point of interest about her.

Since the original statement, she's been back and forth...

Notre Dame Hires Pro-Choice Catholic as New Football Coach

Word came yesterday: The University of Notre Dame has hired Brian Kelly away from the University of Cincinnati to be its new football coach. Kelly, a pro-choice Catholic with extraordinary coaching skill and success, takes the job just six months after the a strong segment of the Notre Dame community protested President Obama's commencement address at the premiere Catholic university,...

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Pride & Prejudice & Ableism

There's only one good reason to add blatant ableism to not one but two Jane Austen monster mashups: Because you know that the audience will appreciate and enjoy it. I certainly wouldn't accuse either Grahame-Smith or Winters of vast cultural sensitivity, not least because of the horrific racism which runs rampant across the pages of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, so I think it's...

Screenshot: Bah humbug! Or, why holiday movies aren't really a gift to women

In made-for-TV Christmas movies, there's a bizarre ethos that the best holiday is the one where a woman gives everyone the gift of walking all over her. Then -- and only then -- has she earned the right to have a merry Christmas. At long last, she loves Big Santa.

Douchebag Decree: Advertising Double Header!

It's been an exciting week in the world of advertising - so exciting, in fact, that we have two contenders for this week's Douchebag Decree! Judges are standing by to determine which of these heavyweights will win the ultimate title of Douchebag of the Week.

Bunk Documentaries: Dockers does it again (2 of 2)

The trailer for An Emasculating Truth opens with the following... "There's always that fear that masculinity is in danger, that it's being lost, men are becoming feminized in one way or another." "Men are definitely finding their feminine side." "Their masculinity's kind of questionable." "Maybe too superficial." "Settling for less." "Not...manly."

In fact, "kind of questionable...

Top Ten Reasons Why This Feminist is a Sports Fan: #4

The series continues. The #4 reason why this feminist is a sports fan is ...