TW for eating disorders. Manorexic Manatee. (*sigh* My quixotic, one-person quest against the word “Manorexic” is defeated again.)
ProPublica has a roundup of the best reporting on the US prison system. Short version: it’s pretty fucked.
AlterNet’s discussion of ten mind-blowing discoveries this week includes a discussion of a male birth control gel that might be the first chemical birth control for men. *crosses fingers* It also has cephalopods trying to impregnate a women’s mouth. Yes, really. Science is awesome.
Speaking of science! Apparently fewer than 7% of American adults are scientifically literate. What the fuck, people? If you’re in that 93%, may I recommend Khan Academy, SciShow (and its associated channel CrashCourse), and the official Bill Nye video channel?
The Good Men Project’s own Justin Cascio discusses his experience of being a trans man.
Is it right for a man to intervene when another man yells at a woman?
If you’re in the UK, sign a petition to let parents share paid baby leave.
AlterNet has an interesting article on the psychology of crying, including some discussion of the Boys Don’t Cry idea.
Frank Ocean from Odd Future has come out as… probably bisexual. Maybe gay. He likes boys, anyway, is the point. Also, Tyler the Creator has the most hilarious response ever: “My Big Brother Finally Fucking Did That. Proud Of That Nigga Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im a Toilet.”
The skeptic blog The Crommunist Manifesto has picked up another blogger who wrote an interesting post called “what about teh menz” summing up the current state of masculinity studies.
Black lung disease, thought to have been eradicated by proper safety regulation, has returned to coal miners.
Greta Christina talks about menswear. A fascinating analysis; Greta Christina has always been one of my favorites.
Shakesville talks about Dan Savage’s war on fat people. The current front is his war on fat men! Apparently they are “weepily sensitive”!
I’d have thoughts on Magic Mike, but that would require me to see Magic Mike, and my lack of interest in hairless muscular dudes taking their clothes off is simply radiating outward. (Note: I have no problem with hairless muscular dudes taking their clothes off, as long as I don’t have to see it.) Instead, look at The Mary Sue’s coverage of Magic Mike actors struggling with objectification and personal appearance.
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me retweeting the spanking model Adele Haze’s slow descent into madness as she read Fifty Shades of Grey. She’s come back from the brink enough to give us this article. Did you know that “lovers don’t need safewords”? YES, REALLY. (Incidentally, confused pundits: Fifty Shades of Grey is popular because it’s porn and women don’t have many porn options. It doesn’t say anything about anything except our sad drought of porn for ladies.)
NEIL GAIMAN IS COMING OUT WITH MORE SANDMAN BECAUSE HE LOVES ME AND WANTS ME TO BE HAPPY. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Want to learn to clean? Unfuck Your Home has your back. Seriously, best Tumblr ever.
Finally, I would like to present the single greatest piece of My Little Pony fanart of all time. It’s done. Everyone can close down the fandom and go home now. THIS IS PERFECTION.