I am unapologetically fat. In this new age of weight-loss everywhere, of low-fat, low-carb, no-carb food, I refuse to stoop to the level everyone else seems to want me to. Fat is the last acceptable form of discrimination in American society. "Thin" has a connotation of beautiful, gorgeous, and successful, "fat" signals lazy, undisciplined, and ugly. Maybe some of the criticism of fat people comes from a "good place," and maybe I'm unhealthy in my fatness. But why ... Read More
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“Funny or Die,” Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s infamous website has decided to take on the time-old task of convincing young people to vote. We’ve seen similar campaigns taken up in the past by the likes of P. Diddy (Vote or Die) and Sarah Silverman (The Great Schlep) but this brand new line of video installments will feature dozens of celebrities including Aziz Ansari, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Ron Livingston, Kal Penn, Gillian Jacobs ... Read More
  A few years back we wrote about how in 1974 Carol Buckley, then 20 years old, adopted Tarra, an elephant who quickly became her best friend. For 29 years, the duo worked as circus performers until Buckley’s realization that both she and her elephant were unhappy. She dreamt of a place where her elephant and others could live in peace without any prospects of commercial exploitation. In 1995 that dream became a reality. Fast forward to 2010.  The ... Read More
Apparently rape "jokes" are the trend among men (can we call them that?) in higher academia lately. As if Yale's fraternity stunt wasn't enough for this month, Columbia's a cappella group, Kingsmen, came out with a flyer advertising their upcoming show that featured one of its members pursing his lips and, underneath the photo, the tag line: "Rape Me." The Columbia community responded with indignation and criticism, statements including, "The Kingsmen and their ... Read More