Last week, while scrolling through my Twitter feed, I came across a colourful illustration of a glove- and goggle-clad woman bent over a sink, sawing open a flower-filled planter. It looked like she was in an autopsy room, with a huge surgical light descending from the ceiling, while x-rays of a skull, torso and hand hung nearby.
The Herpetologists' League "regrets and apologizes for offensive content presented in the 2018 Distinguished Herpetologist lecture."
"The consequence of this is a significant and costly loss of talent in science, engineering, and medicine," a 285-page landmark study finds.
As drag queens become international superstars and the art form goes mainstream, many are wondering: what about drag kings?
People often view femininity as inherently more performative than masculinity, a stereotype that can constrain the freedom and evolution of gender expression.
As a nerdy kid, I strongly identified with Captain Kathryn Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager in her gender-neutral uniform. I loved that people aboard her starship all wore the same outfit, albeit in different colors to signify their roles. The uniform was designed to fit every type of body and perform in every type of scenario — even combat. It was a one-stop-shop for interstellar exploration and diplomacy.
It’s Monday morning when I arrive early at my full-time office job in Toronto’s financial district — looking put together and well rested for the day ahead. Little do my colleagues know, I’ve just spent the entire weekend sleeping, leaving the confines of my dark bedroom only to answer pizza delivery, use the bathroom, or take my antidepressants.
Polly Pagenhart, an androgynous genderqueer parent, enters an airport bathroom with their wife and child, and is immediately snapped at by a stranger: “This is the women’s room!” This is nothing new to Pagenhart, who keeps their hair short and wears collared shirts and blazers, and says they’re mistakenly called “sir” several times a month. Pagenhart identifies as a “lesbian dad,” uses they/them pronouns as opposed to gendered ones, and argues that one needn’t be a man to be a father. Kind of like fitting into someone else’s definition of “a woman” shouldn’t determine which bathroom you use.
On the surface, it seems like self-neglect might have something to do with a loss of self-control. For me, it was the opposite; it gave me my control back. Frankly, if all my teeth rotted, it was my decision. People are likely more familiar with this negative coping mechanism when it comes to behavioral problems like eating disorders, or cutting, and the way some trauma survivors say these things help them regain a sense of agency over themselves. Self-neglect, in comparison, isn’t as well known.
Until yesterday, rare Japanese PC game Labyrinthe, developed by Caravan Interactive, was long thought to be lost forever. That is until the almost mythical third game in the already obscure Horror Tour series was found on a 67GB folder of ROMs on a private forum. Other rare games from the folder are expected to become public soon.
Ever since she was a kid, Steph Bailey has read the last page of a book first. Some readers love surprises, but Bailey finds suspense anxiety-inducing. She reads books exhaustively, exploring every nook and cranny, digging through the text in search of deeper meaning. Knowing the ending focuses her search, allowing her to discover things that normally might have taken two or three readings to discern. While some run from spoilers, she welcomes them with open arms.
Why would anyone willingly risk their health to eat a toxic Tide laundry detergent pod? Most adults are probably baffled by a viral Internet meme that has inspired dozens of young people to ingest the colorful capsules filled with laundry detergent for internet laughs. Indeed, both the Tide brand and health professionals have urged the public not to eat the pods, as even a small amount of the detergent can cause diarrhea, vomiting, breathing issues and at worst, death.
“Read More Octavia Butler”: John Jennings And Damian Duffy On Their Graphic Novel Adaptation of Kindred
Octavia E. Butler’s 1979 masterpiece, Kindred, ties the fate of Dana, black writer from the Californian 1970s to her white, slave-owning ancestor in antebellum Maryland. In 2017, this time-travel epic was adapted by illustrator John Jennings and writer Damian Duffy into a stunning graphic novel, one that’s already become a New York Times bestseller. Brooklyn Magazine spoke with both about their experiences with this classic of historical and science fiction.
What once constituted a traffic in silly online inside jokes eventually proliferated to occupy every digital cultural sphere. And they’re no longer merely just jokes. Memes can and are used to simplify complex political and social commentary into easily digestible tidbits. The ability of memes to communicate ideology is boundless, and one need only look at the 2016 U.S. election to see their potential to impact the world at large.
Anyone who spends time on the internet is aware of the prolific nature of dog and cat memes. Indeed, these household pets have become the internet’s unofficial mascots, with their own respective slangs — “lolcat” and “doggo” speak.
Now, the internet seems to have moved on to a new, more unusual animal meme du jour: the possum. Embittered, small, screaming at itself, his face wrapped in a perpetual grimace, the possum even has its own slang-talk — ”possum-speak” or "pösspeak".
On October 18, 2017, members of right-wing student group Turning Point USA (TPUSA) staged a protest against safe spaces by dressing up in diapers and soothers on the campus of Kent State University during “Free Speech Week.” The idea was to make fun of the political left by dressing up as literal babies. But in the process, TPUSA itself became the butt of a joke, mocked as “Toilet Paper USA” and turned into a viral meme by the Twitter left.