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Talking Barbies, Passover Ice Cream and Absurdity in Indiana: Links You Need to See

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It’s been a doozy of a week in Indiana. In addition to facing nationwide backlash as multi-billion dollar corporations continue to scale down or phase out their businesses in the state (in response to the “Religious Freedom” Restoration Act that, in effect, legalizes discrimination against the LGBTQ community), the Hoosiers are likewise dealing with an HIV outbreak (also due to some shortsighted lawmaking) and, in the same stroke, have just become the first US state to sentence a woman to two decades of prison time for killing a fetus. Enough said—I’m moving my fantasy vacation to Pittsburgh.
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Spider Dresses and Empty Puppy Promises: Links You Need to See

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Let’s talk about personal space. Personally, I think anyone wearing this robo-spider dress should just be left alone. For that reason, it’d probably be useful at parties. People could kiss the idea of unwanted suitors goodbye if robo-spider clothing ever became available to the public, because it’s pretty easy to distinguish between a metallic arachnid “come hither” and “back off.”
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10 Works of Subversive Barbie Art

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The world’s most famous doll celebrated her 55th birthday this weekend. “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices,” creator Ruth Handler once said. Despite the best intentions, Barbie has come under fire for promoting an unhealthy body image to young girls. Her impossible figure and perfect life have been a target for many artists who have subverted the Barbie norm to explore its absurdity and question feminine ideals. Here are just a …Read More

13 of the Weirdest Holiday Movies Ever Made

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No, it’s not a dark dream induced by the strange drugs your weird neighbors fed you. The Rosemary’s Baby TV adaptation is really happening. The four-hour miniseries based on Ira Levin’s 1967 horror novel and Roman Polanski’s 1968 film will begin production in January. The story will be set in Paris, probably sometime around the holidays, like the feature film. Satan has a wicked sense of humor, no? In the spirit of bizarre holiday stories, we dug up 13 of the strangest seasonal movies — most of which you can watch online right …Read More

10 Radical Art Projects That Celebrate Women’s Bodies

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We’ve known for a while that Barbie’s body is impossibly petite. Her slender figure and absurdly small waist don’t leave enough room for her internal organs, and her tiny ankles and feet would actually force her to move around on all fours. Still, the Mattel icon remains a standard of beauty for many young girls — sometimes with damaging results. When we spotted an art project inspired by Barbie’s cruel measurements, which we feature past the break, we felt compelled to round up other artworks that challenge the status quo surrounding female body …Read More