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#FeministsAreUgly Doesn’t Deserve Your Gorgeous Selfies

Every woman knows what it’s like to be called “ugly.” Since the third grade, give or take a few years, every woman’s also known how to respond: ignore it. When someone’s already convinced “ugly” has the power to win an argument, there’s no better way to prove them wrong than simply refusing to argue in the first place, a truism that holds whether “them” is a pack of attention-starved eight-year-olds or a horde of ignorant neckbeards; and as go elementary school playground politics, so goes the Internet. Which raises the question: why are feminists engaging with the self-evidently stupid #FeministsAreUgly hashtag at all, let alone on its own terms? … Read More

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Drake Can’t Help Himself: Links You Need to See

Happy Hump Day, friends! Are your synapses still firing? Do your eyes still blink? Can you even manage to nod vaguely in agreement with the above statements? Well, congratulations! Now, on to today’s links! … Read More

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Miley Cyrus Is Having Some Weird Hair Days: Links You Need to See

Chris Farley shows his vocal chops, A Wrinkle in Time is about to hit the big screen, and Miley Cyrus can’t stop putting weird stuff in her hair — all in today’s links. … Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: From ’80s Thrash Metal to Cybersex in the ’90s

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This time around: borderline NSFW stuff, heavy metal in the ’80s, and more. … Read More

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That Is NOT a Mouse: Links You Need to See

Today’s links all seem unified by unfathomable realities: how is it that we accepted the hokeyness of ’90s Batman movies? Why are scientists creating mice that look like used condoms? Why do people travel to the middle of the desert to see oversize vulvae? And how is it that, lacking the power to fly, we Muggles are still chasing after Quaffles and Snitches? … Read More

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Legolas and The Biebz Walk Into A Bar: Links You Need to See

Small talk used to be an art, so let’s keep it that way! Here are a few ways you can leverage pop culture so that you’ll seem witty (maybe…probably not) and “in the know.” … Read More

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Richard Dawkins Tweets About Rape, Is Still the Worst

One of the most depressing things about online discussion — or any discussion, really — is that it’s the people who shout loudest who tend to get heard. Since the sort of people who tend to scream their opinions over the top of others’ tend also to be obnoxious and not particularly interested in anyone else’s ideas, the presence of such assholes tends to result in the discussion devolving into a shit-slinging match that achieves precisely nothing. In other news, hey, look, Richard Dawkins said something stupid again! Apparently unsatisfied with being obnoxious about religion, everyone’s least favorite atheist proselytizer has now weighed in on a discussion of sexual assault, with predictably disastrous results. … Read More

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‘American Juggalo’ Meets ‘March of the Penguins’ in Hilarious NSFW Video

Juggalos – worshippers of the Insane Clown Posse and similar “horrorcore” musical acts – are a nightmare-come-true for anyone with coulrophobia;… Read More

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Julian Fellowes Has It In For Lady Edith: Links You Need to See

Lea Michele takes on an unexpected role, Julian Fellowes is enjoying torturing his cast, and Oasis is kinda-sorta back together — all in today’s links. … Read More

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OKCupid Founder Says Experimenting on Users Is Just “How Websites Work” — But It Doesn’t Have to Be

OKCupid published a pretty fascinating post on its OKTrends blog yesterday. The piece was written by the company’s implausibly monikered co-founder Christian Rudder, and it discussed the recent publicity around Facebook’s grand experiment in influencing the moods of its users by examining how they react to having their news feed filled with largely positive or negative posts. Under the title “We Experiment on Human Beings!,” Rudder wrote that OKCupid had conducted similar studies, including a case in which they provided false matching data to evaluate how important providing users with this information is in their decisions about whether or not to contact (and also maintain conversation) with another user. This was no different, Rudder argued, from what Facebook did, and no different from what a bazillion other sites are constantly doing on an ongoing basis. … Read More

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