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Is Sexism Imported or Exported through the Media?

Bitch Flicks: Guest Writer Wednesday: The Avengers: Are We Exporting Media Sexism or Importing It?.

This article is less about Black Widow and more of a dissection of male vs. female roles in movies, as well as the behind-the-scenes side of the movie industry.

The stats will surprise you–hopefully in a righteous rage sort of way.


Slaughterhouse Five– for those who still haven’t read it yet.

If, like me, you want to avoid spoilers in a review, Slaughterhouse Five is a difficult book to explain properly. Here’s what the publisher thinks you should know:

Slaughterhouse Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. An American classic. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

It sounds epic. We follow Billy Pilgrim, a hapless draftee at the end of World War II, as he gets “unstuck in time.” He lives his life out-of-order, shifting between life as a soldier, father, POW, and alien abductee. At first glance, it seems Slaughterhouse Five should be a sweeping Sci-fi/ historical fiction drama chronicling the social repercussions of a massive, devastating war; but it isn’t. That’s not the point.

With his matter-of-fact style and un-embellished language Vonnegut takes a story that plays out on a gigantic scale and tells it in the least epic way possible, while not doing the narrative any disservice. Billy doesn’t question his ability to move through time. The narrator, though present as a character, simply explains what happens to Billy without judgment. In brief moments where Vonnegut goes into another character’s point of view, he shows Billy from the outside, but lets us choose whether he’s right or wrong. Billy Pilgrim wanders through his jumbled life, trying to be more than a prisoner, but somehow finds himself back in a cell, over and over again—because he’s comfortable there.

And that’s the point…I think.

It’s an NES controller. It’s a coffee table. It’s an NES CONTROLLER COFFEE TABLE!

Nintendo Controller Coffee Table by TheBohemianWorkbench on Etsy.

If you still have your NES and a compatible TV, then you need this table. It’s a fully-functional NES controller that requires two players and both hands to power; then, put the glass top back on, and it’s a quality coffee table handcrafted from maple, mahogany, and walnut. This is gorgeous from basically every perspective. Huge props to the crafty nerds out there who use their obsessive energy to create things longer than 140 characters.


I know, I’m a little behind the curve on this–it was posted on the 26th–but it looks too beautiful not to share. Cowboys! Cyborgs! Snow planets! Amy Pond and Rory Williams! I’m not one for spoiler trailers or anything, so don’t worry, I smother you with Doctor Who posts; this just got me excited.


Teratogenic Effects of Pure Evil in Ursus Teddius Domesticus
Yes, you read the pseudo-Latin correctly: Dr. Allison von Lonsdale’s winning entry in the Mad Science Fair takes an in-depth look at the effects of pure evil on teddy bear “offspring.” Just follow the link. You’ll thank me for the LOLz.

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