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Open Thread: Nov 25, 2009

What kind of vampire lover are you? Are you a True Blood lover or a Twillight Saga kind of person? ...

Weathering Depression: Surviving the S.A.D. Blues

When I was growing up in Jamaica I never understood why white people on TV talked so much about the bloody weather. ...

The Kel Word: Chew on This

After spending two months on an organic farm and lots more time than that mulling the matter, I have come to regard food security and sustainable agriculture as two incredibly under-valued initiati ...

Open Thread: Nov 24, 2009

Do you think President Obama's popularity will decrease even more with the American people if he adds troops in Afghanistan? ...

Gagadolatry: Confessions of a Little Monster

Six months ago, Lady Gaga barely registered a blip on my pop culture radar. I knew enough of “Poker Face” to have a laugh when some guys I know insisted the song was about playing poker. ...

American Music Awards: Lambert Out Outs Gaga

So apparently the buzz about Adam Lambert is, it looked like he was getting head from one of his dancers, then did a real-life lip lock with his keyboardist during the final performance at the ...

Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church Reflects Society At Large

New research released last week shows that sexual abuse within the Catholic Church contradicts the accepted view that gay priests are responsible. ...

Mixtape Madness: The Break Up

I know it has been a while since I did a mixtape for Vp, and I guess I really don’t have a good reason as to why I stopped. ...

Open Thread: Zen Monday

What is Tao? It is just this. It cannot be rendered into speech. If you insist on an explanation, This means exactly this. — Lu Tung Pin ...

Editor’s Letter: Mating Season


Dear Everyone, welcome to the next chapter in lesbian media, Velvetpark Mate. ...

Welcome To Velvetpark Mate

After almost nine months of planning, with the last six slogging away elbow deep in code, the highly anticipated Phase II is here — Velvetpark Mate! ...

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February 27, 2015

Molly Crabapple sketches a source’s descriptions and images of life in Mosul, an Iraqi city transformed under militant control.

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality
WIRED
February 27, 2015

I am proposing the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections, banning paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.

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ISIS Destroys Mosul Museum Collection and Ancient Assyrian Statues [UPDATED]
hyperallergic.com
February 27, 2015

A video released on Thursday by ISIS shows members of the terrorist organization destroying ancient Assyrian artifacts at Mosul Museum. Archaeologists told the UK’s Channel 4 that many if not all of the sculptures shown being smashed at the Mosul Museum are in fact replicas of the originals.. snap.

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Happy National Adjunct Walkout Day
gawker
February 25, 2015

If you find your college classroom un-taught today, do not be alarmed: it's for a good cause.

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February 25, 2015

The translator of a newly discovered trove of 150-year-old tales on the gender-bending surprises found there

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February 25, 2015

Rapper Azealia Banks brought witchcraft back into the mainstream by tweeting ‘I’m really a witch’. But women in the US have been harnessing its power for decades as a ‘spiritual but not religious’ way to express feminist ambitions

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What Happened When a Handsome, White Actor Shed a Tear Over 'Glory'
The Root
February 24, 2015

Actor Chris Pine cried over the John Legend-Common performance, and suddenly civil rights has a new “hero.”

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The Washington Post
February 24, 2015

This is a strange, contradictory moment for feminism.

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The Academy’s Dirty Secret
slate
February 23, 2015

An astonishingly small number of elite universities produce an overwhelming number of America’s professors.

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I read only non-white authors for 12 months. What I learned surprised me | Sunili Govinnage | Comment is free
The Guardian
February 23, 2015

Reading science fiction, chick lit and fantasy novels by writers of colour for a year brought home to me just how white my reading world was

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When Arty Music Videos Rip Off Artists
hyperallergic.com
February 20, 2015

Another day, another artist's work is put to commercial use without permission. The latest victim is New York–based photographer Asger Carlsen, who took to Instagram to point out a startling similarity between a piece from his 2010 series Wrong and

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Mic
February 20, 2015

There is no such thing as female Viagra.

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Vulture
February 20, 2015

Listen to Ray Charles and spend your time wiping your tears.

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A Letter From Jack White to the Media
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February 16, 2015

Poor Jack White just can't catch a break with the media, it seems: first, his tour rider was leaked by the University of Oklahoma's student newspaper, where it was revealed he likes a very specific type of guacamole; then, NPR took a gentle ribbing to the ride ...

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3 Science-Backed Tips for Better Online Dating
Science of Us
February 16, 2015

Here comes some research to make your experience of swiping and messaging less depressing.

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Why Did WNYC Delete Its Podcast on the Male 'Expert' on Women in Tech?
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February 13, 2015

An episode of NPR's On the Media podcast TLDR was unceremoniously removed from the On the Media website today, and people are not at all happy. Rightly so.

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FBI Director, Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist
New York Times
February 13, 2015

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, delivered an unusually candid speech on Thursday about the difficult relationship between the police and African-Americans...

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Want to Know How Your Relationship Is Going? Take a Look At Your Apartment
Mic
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The answers may be all around you.

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