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Hey, John Grisham: Looking at Child Pornography Is Not a Victimless Crime

We nearly got through an entire week without a privileged old asshole making a fool of himself, but then John Grisham came along and spoiled everything. Specifically, he gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph in England, wherein he took the opportunity to expound on how he thinks it’s all wrong to lock up old white men who just happen to enjoy watching some child pornography when they get home drunk. He complained that, “We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child,” and cited the example of a friend who “went to a website… labeled, 16-year-old wannabe hookers, or something… [and] downloaded some stuff. It was 16-year-old girls who looked 30. You know, they were all dressed up and whatever. He shouldn’t have done it, it was stupid. But it wasn’t 10-year-old boys and he didn’t touch anything… [But] he went to prison for three years.” This, according to John Grisham, is a Bad Thing. Dear god. Where to begin? … Read More

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Gone Girl, Bad Weather, and the D: Links You Need to See

Everyone’s content has been on point today, so I just want to thank y’all (y’all here being used in the feminist sense) for making today’s post really easy to write. Here’s what you need to read (or look at) from today’s internet goings-on. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Taylor Swift and a Reevaluation of the “Basic Bitch” Craze: Links You Need to See

Today is all about the ladies. First of all, Taylor Swift released “Out of the Woods,” her latest single from her upcoming album 1989, and it’s amazing. Swift has said that 1989 is going to be a departure from her previous albums, and with “Out of the Woods,” that much is clear, even more so than from her previously released track, “Shake It Off” (actually, let’s not talk about that song). (Oh, and: Sally Holmes has a fun dissection of the lyrics of “Out of the Woods,” if you’re dying to know what it all means.) … Read More

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Sookie Doesn’t Always Come to the Rescue: Links You Need to See

Good afternoon and welcome to your Daily Links Post, Columbus Day Edition. And while Columbus Day might be rife with not-so-joyous connotations, we will here begin joyfully, with a mysterious man in Tokyo who is walking around with a stroller filled with nine cats. … Read More

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Earwax or the Badness of ‘Titanic’ : Links You Need to See

Have you seen those nifty black cotton swabs from Muji? They look really cool — well, about as cool as cotton swabs can look — but they actually suck. The whole point of cleaning your ears is looking at the resulting honey-colored gunk, a pleasure that’s wholly denied by the black cotton swabs! But, apparently, we shouldn’t even be cleaning our ears, regardless of the color of the cotton swabs. … Read More

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There’s More to Sports Than Macho Football Culture

This week, New York magazine ran a lengthy story by Jonathan Chait, entitled “In Defense of Male Aggression: What Liberals Get Wrong About Football.” I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot this week, and about what it has to say about masculinity and the way in which we raise our boys to become men. I’ve written about this a fair bit on Flavorwire, because I think it’s a socially important issue that doesn’t get talked about as much as it should. As its title might suggest, Chait’s piece has been controversial — but not for the reasons it should have been. Its greatest problem is that it sells sports short. … Read More

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Calvin Destroyed Lots of Stuff: Links You Need To See

Everybody loves Calvin and Hobbes, that blond-haired boy and his animated stuffed tiger. The way Calvin destroys everything, but then the two of them manage to muse about it all — about life, even — in a pop-philosophical way. Just delightful, yeah? But what if Calvin were a real boy, and his parents were real people,… Read More

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9 Real-Life Women Who Would END Christian Grey

They just don’t make sadists like they used to. Whereas once we had the Marquis de Sade — whose work is currently the subject of not one but two exhibitions in Paris — the 21st century’s most prominent dominant is Christian friggin’ Grey, the sub-Patrick Bateman protagonist of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy. Grey is to bondage what Robert Pattinson is to vampires, and frankly, it’s hard to imagine his oh-so-mesmeric personality exerting a hold over any but the most basic bitches of BDSM. In deference to Sade, we amused ourselves thinking about some real-life women who would have Grey for breakfast. … Read More

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How Not to Mention ‘American Horror Story’ : Links You Need to See

Because I told myself I wouldn’t talk about [a certain show pertaining to the country I'm currently in and that country's circus performers who might experience and/or engender some horrific stuff] for the rest of the day, I’ll try to get the first two bits about [Below-Canadian Spooky Anecdote: [Politically Incorrect Word] Extravaganza] out quickly. … Read More

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