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Sexy costumes for young girls have officially gone too far

Over the weekend, Canadian writer Raina Delisle gained attention after penning an op-ed for the Huffington Post titled “Halloween Costumes Are Sexualizing Our Youngest Trick-Or-Treaters.” 

Delisle wrote about how she took her daughter to Value Village to buy a firefighter outfit for Halloween. But to her shock and disappointment, she found that while the boys’ costumes looked like actual firefighter outfits, the girls’ costumes were prettied-up parodies that bordered on inappropriate.

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It’s tempting to believe that this online row – a toxic combination of misinformation, anger and anxious masculinity – is just about one specific technology industry’s subculture, or that it will blow over. But by labeling Gamergate a “gaming problem” and attaching a hashtag to it, we’re putting unnecessary boundaries around a broader but nebulous issue: threats and harassment are increasingly how straight white men deal with a world that no longer revolves exclusively around them.
Gamergate is loud, dangerous and a last grasp at cultural dominance by angry white men, my latest at the Guardian US (via bookoisseur)

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There is a toxic question that surrounds abused women: “why didn’t she just leave him?”

The answer, too often, is that many women that do leave get killed.

“The thing that I did not know that was so revealing to me was that anywhere between 50% and 75% of domestic violence homicides happen at the point of separation or after [the victim] has already left [her abuser],” says Cynthia Hill, director of HBO’s Private Violence.

“When I met Kit Gruelle, she would always point out: ‘Estranged husband. Ex-husband. Ex-boyfriend. Estranged boyfriend.’ It was always that she had tried to leave. She had done exactly what we think they’re supposed to do and she dies. And her children die.”

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Nicholas Angel & Danny Butterman [1/8]
"You’re off the fucking chain!"

I may be the only one, but I love Hot Fuzz SO much more than Shaun of the Dead. I still love Shaun of the Dead, but Hot Fuzz hits me on a different level. I think it’s because I’m more into the kinds of movies Hot Fuzz is parodying.
But the best thing Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost made is Spaced and that’s all there is to it.

The best part to me is rewatching Spaced and seeing how many of those episodes influenced the movies they made after that and it kills me every time.

Book sales depend crucially on buzz and word of mouth (which is why authors are often sent on grueling book tours); you buy a book because you’ve heard about it, because other people are reading it, because it’s a topic of conversation, because it’s made the best-seller list. And what Amazon possesses is the power to kill the buzz. It’s definitely possible, with some extra effort, to buy a book you’ve heard about even if Amazon doesn’t carry it — but if Amazon doesn’t carry that book, you’re much less likely to hear about it in the first place.

So can we trust Amazon not to abuse that power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can’t.

Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K. - (via infoneer-pulse)
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