Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Reading




Is Men’s Rights hate site A Voice for Men melting down before our eyes?
by David Futrelle
AVFM’s head cheese Paul Elam has long fantasized about becoming King of the MGTOWs, which would help him build up his Flying Monkey army and turn Men Going Their Own Way into Money Going Into Paul Elam’s Pockets. In doing so, he seems to have alienated virtually all of those who consider themselves MGTOWs.
Read More at We Hunted the Mammoth


You Should Know: Kristina Campbell and The Intestinal Gardener
by DNLee
The Intestinal Gardener blog explores different topics on the science of gut microbiota. The blog  focuses on practical applications of the science and also includes in depth book reviews of texts related to the microbiome. Ms. Gardner originally established as a way to help her make sense of her own digestive issues. The blog is her own journey in coming to understand the research in this area and she applies the lessons learned in her own life. As a result, you will notice how she frames her blog posts and the language of discussing microbiota. Her blog also highlights different scientist in the field and discuss the work they are doing.
Read More at Scientific American


The paintings of Manuela Sambo
by Minna Salami
Manuela Sambo’s art makes me feel the same way that Yvonne Vera’s novels do. Her pieces make me (longingly) identify with a kind of primal power that women possess but, following centuries of brainwashing, that we are unaccustomed with. Like Vera’s, Sambo’s work seems to be in search of a world of poetic essence, caring deeply about the subjects who unveil this mesmerising world. It is a world of story, character, symbolism, detail, sensuality, motherhood, power and synchretism.
Read More at MsAfropolitan


The dream of 1990s Riot Grrrl is alive and well in 2015
by Lusana Taylor
My 16-year-old self would be very jealous of me tonight. Not only am I spending the evening in The Roundhouse, a venue just up the road from Camden Market (the height of cool to an earnest, band T-shirt wearing teenage goth with a penchant for incense sticks), but I'm also here to see a band that defined my understanding of the term 'girl crush'. Sleater-Kinney is the amalgamation of two original Riot Grrrl acts (Corin Tucker of Heavens to Betsy and Carrie Brownstein of Excuse 17) and one of the cornerstones of my feminist awakening. The only thing that differs between my 16 and 26-year-old selves as I wait for the venue to open, is that the 26-year-old is extremely relieved to have seated tickets as, these days, standing up for three hours produces the kind of aches and pains the 16-year-old would never have had to contend with.
Read More at The F Word


IT FOLLOWS: An Exercise in Sexuality
by Brittney-Jade Colangelo
IT FOLLOWS tells the story of a girl named Jay (Maika Monroe), when after having sex with a prospective boyfriend named Hugh (Jake Weary), is drugged and tied to a chair.  When she awakes, Hugh explains to her that he has been harboring a secret, that a shape-shifting entity has been following him and by sleeping with her, it's going to now follow her instead.  While it would be quick to dismiss this concept as ridiculous, let us not forget that we all once believed that a razor glove wearing, burned face ghost that could shape shift and kill us in our dreams was a solid premise.  The film was released in minimal theaters and did so well, it garnered a wide release.  This never happens for independent horror films, let alone an independent horror film that is earning points solely on its merits (and not because it has a twenty-year fan base backing it up. I'm looking at you, TUSK).





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