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Why MRAs Love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird': Jeff Sharlet on Covering the Men’s Rights Movement

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When men’s rights activists (or MRAs, as they are known online) held their first conference in Detroit last summer, it was an opportunity for the mainstream media to examine why a group of disenfranchised men are blaming their problems on feminism and not, as writer Jeff Sharlet puts it, “late-stage American capitalism.” Sharlet wrote about the conference in a March 2015 GQ article titled, “Are You Man Enough For the Men’s Rights Movement?” It’s the latest in a series of articles coming out of the event, from Mariah Blake’s Mother Jones profile of Warren Farrell to BuzzFeed’s look at Paul Elam, the leader of the movement’s most popular website.
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The Parents Television Council’s Most Hilariously Absurd Complaints

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Prior to the premiere of WE tv’s Sex Box, the admittedly pretty tame and boring reality show wherein couples have sex in a box as a form of therapy, the Parents Television Council launched a national petition against the series. The petition demanded that Sex Box be removed from the American TV lineup and that the signees “do not support such outrageous, disgraceful content on television.” Obviously, it didn’t work — though it did result in a pretty great response from WE tv.

This wasn’t the first time the PTC tried to “inform” the masses about the depraved, offensive, sex-filled, expletive-laden horrors of pop culture. It’s literally all they do. Seriously, you can lose a whole afternoon clicking around the site to read their detailed warnings. Here are ten of the PTC’s most absurd complaints, from Gossip Girl to Glee to Scandal.
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Longform You Have to Read: ASME Award Nominees Edition

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In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that in-depth journalism has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re highlighting five excellent pieces nominated for a 2015 National Magazine Award.
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Longform You Have to Read: Jeanne Marie Laskas’ American Visions

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In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at the work of Jeanne Marie Laskas.
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Longform You Have to Read: Wells Tower on Burning Man, Elephants, and Porn Star James Deen

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In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or by just a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading.
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Mock “Kim K Skills” All You Want — Kanye West’s New Interview Is an Intriguing Portrait of a Marriage

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Is the Q&A the perfect form for a nation to actually listen to what Kanye West has to say? The most interesting musician currently working, West is also constantly misrepresented in the mainstream and tabloid media, whose reports paint him in “crazy” colors that often carry undertones of racism — particularly after the perfect storm of hooking up with the world’s most successful celebrity, Kim Kardashian. And in a new GQ cover story, he’s got plenty of insight to share.
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How Not to Write About Melissa McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy’s new starring role, in Tammy, and the fact that she’s more of a household name than ever mean she’s garnered quite a bit of press recently. While not purposefully malicious, some coverage can be insensitive about her weight in a particularly ignorant way. To call an actress whose last several films have earned over $100 million at the box office “America’s plus-size sweetheart” instead of merely “America’s sweetheart” fixates on her differences, despite the intended compliment.
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‘GQ’ Needs to Lay Off One Direction’s Female Fans

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This week, British GQ ran afoul of a bunch of young women on the Internet when it posted excerpts from an upcoming interview with the members of the boy band One Direction. (The entire interview is not online.) For the uninitiated in the matter of One Direction — hey, old people exist — they are the current Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, or Beatles in terms of pop culture phenomenon. The deployment of hair gel differs slightly from the their predecessors, and someone more versed in the principles of melody and harmony can tell you more about the quality of their work than I can. But the thing that places them in the legacy of these prior bands is that One Direction are viewed as a “girl thing,” which fact GQ decided to underline by asking them endless questions about “groupies” and their “number,” sex-wise.
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