It’s Not Okay to Be Afraid of a Word: This Father Will Not #BanBossy

It’s Not Okay to Be Afraid of a Word: This Father Will Not #BanBossy

Dad blogger Joel Gratcyk disagrees with Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” campaign, arguing that censoring a word does nothing to address the inherent problems the word is masking.

PG-13. R. NC-17. Do These Even Matter?

This Film is Not Yet Rated

JJ Vincent wonders about the relevance of the MPAA’s movie rating system. Do you think it matters anymore?

Should Some Stories Come with a Warning Label?

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JJ Vincent thought long and hard before posting
links to these stories. What would you have done?

Guante: A Visit From the PC Police

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Let’s reframe the idea of political correctness to be less about censorship and more about choosing to not use needlessly hurtful language.

Rolling Stone: A Case Against Censorship

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Professor Warren Blumenfeld reflects on the Rolling Stone’s decision to feature the Boston Marathon Bomber.

Facebook Cracks Down on Adult Content, Spares Playboy?

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It is increasingly apparent that Facebook is not even bothering to explain itself, meting out severe punishments to users who honestly have no clue what is or is not acceptable anymore in Facebookland.

Five Films That Changed the Game

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The Seventies were a decade of smashing taboos in filmmaking: in dialogue, depictions of history, and the image of the leading man.

Why a Porn Ban Is Pointless

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Is a proposed pornography ban in Europe properly progressive or merely masturbatory?

The Suicide of Kate Middleton’s Nurse – Should We Bully the Bullies?

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Whether we’re talking about school bullies, Daniel Tosh, or the radio personalities who humiliated a nurse into suicide, the worst thing we can do is lose our own sense of empathy.

Strange Fruit

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Jackie Summers asks us to ignore, for a moment, the fact that threatening the life of a president is treason.

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We Are All Pussy Riot, We Are All Waiting To Happen

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Pussy Riot’s battle in Russia has revitalized the political backbone of the punk community, but it has also transcended punk.

Censorship, The Count, and Nine Inch Nails

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Justin Cascio believes all the bleeping and beeping in censored media only serves to draw more attention to the wrong things.

Did Nick Hanauer Create a TED Scandal Because He Was Rejected?

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Was Nick Hanauer creating a scandal about TED political censorship when the rejection of his video was simply based upon quality, and not politics? TED exec Chris Anderson explains how a simple rejection turned into a massive social media explosion.

Youtube Bends Over Backwards for Kate Upton “Cat Daddy” Video!

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Jamie Reidy rejoices that Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl Kate Upton’s hot dance video is no longer banned on Youtube.

Revitalizing Androgyny

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The controversy over the latest cover of Dossier shines a new light on Americans’ discomfort with androgyny.

Undocumented Iraq

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When the Iraq war began, embedded photographers were allowed to take pictures of almost everything, but slowly, the military began telling photographers what they weren’t allowed to photograph. Hospitals, morgues, wounded soldiers, and IED scenes were all eventually declared off-limits.