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Willow Smith’s Instagram: The Problem Isn’t Her Parents, It’s America’s Unhealthy Views on Sexuality

In the annals of dumb media controversies that have happened this month, the brief shitfight over the allegedly raunchy picture of 13-year-old Willow Smith with a shirtless 20-year-old bro has been overshadowed by the likes of Macklemore’s Jewface dildism, the Michael Jackson hologram, and the continuing Jill Abramson fallout. And James Franco. Obviously. Clearly, the whole business was exactly the sort of thing that the expression “a tempest in a teacup” was invented for. I was happy to see it consigned to history — that is, until reports surfaced that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are now under investigation by child protective services over the photo. The fact that this is even a possibility reveals something disturbing about American society’s views on sex and sexuality. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Our 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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300 Sandwiches: An Alternate Ending

As you no doubt read this morning, the 300 Sandwiches woman isn’t going to finish her blog, mainly because her boyfriend proposed to her after sandwich #257, costing himself 43 sandwiches but winning himself eternal love. Or something like that. As much as anything, I’m just sad the blog won’t get finished, because really, how many more sandwich recipes can you come up with? Well, here’s how it might have played out, anyway. … Read More

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Robin Thicke is Still Awful: Links You Need to See

Today, the things we think we know and hold sacred are getting flipped on their head. For some people and cultural institutions, this for the better. For others…not lookin’ so great! … Read More

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Menstruation Is Having a Pop-Culture Moment — And It’s About Time

A few years ago, I watched an all-female comedy group perform a joke about taking shots of cheap, watery Crystal Palace vodka from a menstrual cup. Maybe it was the inebriation of the audience or the small liberal arts school-ness of the crowd, but the joke sold. And I was kind of amazed. This was in the Vagina Monologues era of my college life, when I was heavily involved in my school’s feminist group, and even though we talked about Diva Cups as much as we blamed stuff on the patriarchy, I was quietly in awe of this offhand reference because it felt so normal. … Read More

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Why Mod vs. Rockers-Style Subcultural Riots Don’t Happen Today

The 50th anniversary of England’s mod vs. rockers riots has inspired the current Mod Week here at Flavorwire, and as much as anything, the anniversary highlights a major difference between the musical subcultures of today and those of a couple of generations ago: that the fierce tribalism of the past seems to be absent from today’s cultural landscape. It’s hard to imagine #seapunks (if they still exist) and burners hurling deckchairs at one another, or pop-punk kiddies and goths having pitched battles over who gets to wear more guyliner. This, of course, is no bad thing — a riot is a riot, no matter whether it’s over politics or one’s preference for jazz over rock or Vespas over motorcycles. But still, it raises the question of why tribalism is in decline. Do kids these days care less about subculture? Or is it just that their allegiances manifest in different, less violent ways? … Read More

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9 Films Passed the Bechdel Test So Far This Year: Links You Need to See

Lily Allen hosted her first ever Reddit AMA, and it had a little gem for Game of Thrones fans. Find out what the creepy fact is in today’s links! … 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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