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"I bind you, Hollywood, from doing harm"

Halloween is almost here which to me means one thing: overanalyzing horror flicks for any feminist undertones! ... [N]o season has better metaphors for misogynistic fears and powerful female sexuality than the scary movies that permeate almost every channel and film festival throughout October.
At Autostraddle, Nina suggests nine horror films she likes in the "Blossoming-Teenage-Girl-Becoming-A-Woman" sub-genre. She is far from alone in her search for interesting feminist themes in horror cinema and literature.
posted by Monsieur Caution to MetaFilter on Oct 29 at 12:06 AM
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10 hours of street harrassment, edited down to two minutes

Cover up those (chicken) breasts

What are some good sauces to bake chicken breasts in?
posted by lunasol to Ask MetaFilter on Oct 26 at 4:09 PM
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Film Crit Hulk is back with a long essay about more-than-gamergate. Building off his previous ethical criticism (especially his multipart James Bond series) Film Crit Hulk gives us his opinions on "THE VOID OF THIS PARTICULAR HOUR".
posted by Hypatia to MetaFilter on Oct 30 at 9:36 AM
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How to Win the Lottery

Success is the thing that kills bands. We haven't had any success.

So there's this UK punk band. First wavers, '77. Cohorts of Gang of Four (whose pictures were inadvertently printed on the back of their first album). Rivals of The Clash, to whom their first single was an answer record. Their energy is so gregarious, their working-class politics so pointed but relatable, they make a mark for themselves despite the limitation of barely being able to play. They get to the part where they're supposed to break up or fade away. Instead, they learn to play, to play very well, even. They become an ever-shifting collective, picking up new members, people from The Rolling Stones, or people who'd played with The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, The Cure. They made roaring post-punk records, shimmering power pop, pint-raising Irish/British folk, and booze-saturated country records. They found a fascination with folk music, American country music in particular. Actually, they may have accidentally invented alt-country. Lester Bangs says they're "The most revolutionary group in the history of rock n' roll." Hyperbole? Nah. Hyperbole was when he called them "better than the Beatles." 37 years in, they're still making records that odds are, you either love dearly, or have never heard of at all. They're The Mekons, friend, and Joe Angio's new documentary looks at them in all of their shambling, lovable, raucous glory.
posted by DirtyOldTown to MetaFilter on Oct 30 at 11:42 AM
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Jian Ghomeshi fired from CBC

The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise

David Dunning, professor of psychology at Cornell, writes for the Pacific Magazine on how confidence and incompetence often go hand in hand: We Are All Confident Idiots
posted by tykky to MetaFilter on Oct 28 at 7:22 AM
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What's on your home maintenance calendar?

I have a Google Calendar set up for different home maintenance tasks that benefit from being scheduled out (i.e., things that aren't necessarily visible, like "mow the lawn"). It's been just a few months since I moved in to my house and I haven't filled out the list as much as I'd like. What's on your home maintenance calendars that I might not be thinking about?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Ask MetaFilter on Oct 31 at 9:10 AM
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You were't planning on sleeping this week, were you?

Lauren Davis rounds up webcomics to give you thrills and chills on io9, calling out 18 specifically, then listing additional titles in some of the descriptions.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Oct 29 at 12:15 PM
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De-Un-Pimp My Apartment!

What can I do to turn a modest, sparse apartment into a living space that's delightful, useful, impressive, and comfortable? Assume I am starting very nearly from scratch. Extra points for cheapness, easy installations, things which I can move with me, and tips that will make my life easier and happier rather than just flashier.
posted by rorgy to Ask MetaFilter on Oct 26 at 12:57 PM
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Do you like vintage training/educational fims? Meet Jeff Quitney.

Jeff Quitney has curated hundreds and hundreds* of YouTube playlists with thousands and thousands of vintage educational, training and institutional films and documentaries. If you hate multi-link posts you can jump right in because the playlists aren't organized. In addition to including extensive background information and links to other resources in the video descriptions, he has restored or improved the video and audio in most of the films. Space, the military, and biology are well represented, but so are pets, food, and outdoor recreation and survival. Armchair travelers will be able to travel around the world, but you can also stay at home and watch cartoons. Travel back in time for the latest breaking newsreels, and add your own weather reports from vintage USAF meteorology films. And if you like women’s tennis, then you’ve just hit the motherlode.*I stopped counting at 480
posted by Room 641-A to MetaFilter on Oct 24 at 7:45 PM
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What to read when pressed for time.

17 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read in a Sitting by Lincoln Michel at Electric Literature:
This week author Ian McEwan expressed his love of short novels, saying “very few [long] novels earn their length.” Certainly it seems like a novel has to be a minimum of 500 pages to win a major literary award these days, and many genre novels have ballooned to absurd sizes.

I love a good tome, but like McEwan many of my favorite novels are sharpened little gems. It’s immensely satisfying to finish a book in a single day, so in the spirit of celebrating quick reads here are some of my favorite short novels. I’ve tried to avoid the most obvious titles that are regularly assigned in school (The Stranger, Heart of Darkness, Mrs Dalloway, Of Mice and Men, Frankenstein, The Crying of Lot 49, etc.). Hopefully you’ll find some titles here you haven’t read before.

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And then it happens again, when you’re sixty or seventy.

"A child’s body is very easy to live in. An adult body isn’t. The change is hard. And it’s such a tremendous change that it’s no wonder a lot of adolescents don’t know who they are. They look in the mirror — that is me? Who’s me?

And then it happens again, when you’re sixty or seventy."
Ursula K. Le Guin on Aging and What Beauty Really Means
posted by still_wears_a_hat to MetaFilter on Oct 26 at 7:19 AM
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Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, c. 1858

"What do you do when you think you have a murderer in the family?"

My Grandma the Poisoner. And now, once again, I feel like I’m supposed to care. Like there should be closure. Either I purge my past, forgive her, and arrive at a higher vibrational state, or I find proof of what she’s done over the years and expose her once and for all. I’d always planned to search her house one last time, but now the house is gone. And nobody is exhuming any bodies, and Grandma doesn’t even know what Grandma did. And there’s not going to be any grand finale. And as I sat there listening to Grandma sing with my children—not quite crying, I wasn’t quite crying—I realized that I didn’t care what had happened, that nobody cares what happened, that caring is for cops on CSI and doctors on ER and muscle-bound Marines in the movies.
posted by blue suede stockings to MetaFilter on Oct 27 at 11:46 AM
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"So no I don't always believe them and yeah I let them know that."

While working within the Chicago Police Department, Rebecca Campbell (PhD, Professor, Michigan State University) was told by a detective that "most victims lie" about sexual assault. She, on the other hand, was certain that most victims told the truth. Wondering how both she and the detective could be so certain, she began to do the research to find out. Her work examines how the legal and medical and mental health systems respond to the needs of adult, adolescent and pediatric victims of sexual assault. [Warning for graphic descriptions of assaults]
posted by VioletU to MetaFilter on Oct 24 at 12:26 PM
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Very 70s Halloween tv specials. How very? Paul Lynde and KISS very.

Soup recipes to use with a stick blender

I recently bought a stick blender and made an amazing butternut squash soup, so now I want to make more blended soups. But apparently I'm kind of picky and disagreeable and don't really know what I want, so googling for recipes has left me cold. It's made a bit worse in that I hate cooking (although I'm more than competent at it), so it takes something good to capture my motivation and get me in the kitchen. But I do love warm creamy soup and I have to eat something, so: what are your prize winning, most amazing, tasty pureed soup recipes to make this winter.
posted by shelleycat to Ask MetaFilter on Oct 31 at 3:01 PM
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From a Mefite, Announcing a Compendium of Letter Templates

The Art of Letter Writing investigates The New Century Standard Letter-Writer (1900), a collection of example letters for people to use as templates over the course of one's whole life," from A Clerk Apologizing to His Employers, and A Young Lady Desirous of Securing Farm-House Board, to A Gentleman to a Young Lady Friend of His about a Misunderstanding (from Wondermark)
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What's her problem? Clearly they were just trying to talk to her about ethics in videogame journalism. [view]
posted by desjardins to MetaFilter on Oct 28 at 1:44 PM
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Imagine, for a moment, that a significant portion of the population believed, based on your looks, that if they encountered you in public, you owed them a dollar. These people are total strangers to you, but they believe fervently that any time they see you in public, you are obligated to give them a dollar. They're willing to make polite... [more]
posted by decathecting to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 23, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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Don't even get me started on the Red Cross. Ok, do. And I will. Only because I feel strongly that the ARC does not deserve your support. Shift your efforts elsewhere. I was involved in the post-Sandy relief efforts with the ARC. I went as a physician, but told everyone from the local chapter on up that I just wanted to be used for my body:... [more]
posted by herrdoktor to MetaFilter on Oct 29 at 9:59 AM
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So I should stop staying hello to strangers then. Understood. You know, sparklemotion, you seem to feel really hurt by the idea that you can't randomly greet women on the street. And you should be. But it's not women's fault that you can't. It's the fault of men like these. You see, there is no magical Creep Sensor that tells me,... [more]
posted by emjaybee to MetaFilter on Oct 28 at 2:55 PM
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She is wrong. Flat-out. Leaving aside the ethics of grilling third parties about your SO's sexual history, it is absurdly paternalistic to question someone else's ability to consent to any sex act, let alone such an innocuously mainstream one. This is 100% her hang-up. [view]
posted by 256 to Ask MetaFilter on Oct 25 at 3:32 PM
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Also, the app wants access to your health data. (source) It's really a shopper's dream. Just: unlock your phone open the CurrentC app select "pay" scan the store QR code let the cashier scan your QR code have the money be deducted from your checking account with limited fraud protection let that store and every other store in... [more]
posted by the jam to MetaFilter on Oct 27 at 10:04 AM
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Is this thread about ethics in MeFi moderation? [view]
posted by the quidnunc kid to MetaTalk on Oct 28 at 8:06 AM
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Everyone breathlessly warned me about Spain and Italy and it was laughable in comparison. posted by poffin boffin I have a cherished moment to share with you. My first husband was tall and slender, and at the time (1994) he had shoulder-length hair tied back in a ponytail. He and I were walking along the Via Appia in Rome when a guy rode... [more]
posted by workerant to MetaFilter on Oct 28 at 2:20 PM
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I want to try CurrentC but I haven't been able to figure out how to plug this CueCat into my phone. [view]
posted by komara to MetaFilter on Oct 27 at 10:11 AM
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When you divorce - and I bet you'll divorce - remember that you owe your wife financially, big time. You're acting out a cliche - dude gets married, wife goes through the hard times while he makes a success, there's finally some money and he's out the door to seek a younger partner...who "understands" him better and fits in better with... [more]
posted by Frowner to Ask MetaFilter on Oct 30 at 4:57 PM
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I'll admit I may well be reading too much symbolism into Russian statecraft at this point, but I can't shake being vaguely amused by a Kremlin decree establishing permanent winter. [view]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane to MetaFilter on Oct 26 at 4:18 AM
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Even if it was a joke, it's a bit unsettling. I personally don't think it's derailing at all. The folks who read the article can "get" the punchline. Otherwise, a point was made. A lot of women hear that line in their lives Well, it's the difference between Moral: Jon Hamm is a fucking asshole and Moral: Jon Hamm is a... [more]
posted by Diablevert to MetaFilter on Oct 30 at 7:20 AM
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if anyone can help me understand the other side of this argument I'd appreciate that too. I'm so glad you asked. Young women of today grow up surrounded by narratives of sex that we didn't, and one of the major narratives is porn. Mean, brutal, hateful porn in which women are shoved and spat on and choked and violated and they're... [more]
posted by Georgina to Ask MetaFilter on Oct 25 at 6:45 PM
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This thread has gone from "ooh awesome thing" to "complain about creepiness that doesn't actually really exist" in record time. (This dad is AWESOME) [view]
posted by rorgy to MetaFilter on Oct 25 at 10:12 AM
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A guy walking along beside you, making comments, staring at you is not annoying. It's scary as fuck. Her face is scared in that section, because she doesn't know what he's going to do. You can see her glance to the side, as if checking for a way to escape. If she wasn't doing this project, she might have ducked into a place, or... [more]
posted by emjaybee to MetaFilter on Oct 28 at 1:41 PM
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I think your relationship is done too. But if you want to try it again, here is my perspective: 1. It's okay to ask for your partner's support in cooking and cleaning for a particular time, but if your message is "all I can do in my life right now is my PhD and I am not going to be able to participate as a grown member of the household... [more]
posted by warriorqueen to Ask MetaFilter on Oct 26 at 8:30 AM
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I heard a great Ebola joke, you probably won't get it. [view]
posted by T.D. Strange to MetaFilter on Oct 28 at 7:58 PM
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Q: Are the comments on reddit or Youtube worse? A: Trick question. The correct answer is there is no god and I can't wait for the sun to engulf the earth and kill all life [view]
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I'm sure there'll be a lot of responses to this video like "what's the big deal, why call this 'rape culture,' it's not all that serious." To which my response is- so what if it's 'not as serious' as other issues women deal with? It's annoying. It is a constant, never-ending source of annoyance. Even if you completely discount... [more]
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter on Oct 28 at 1:37 PM
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God so many people who I generally respect or like are trying to pick this apart or go "oh so I'm not supposed to talk to people on the street? Ok" on social media and it just makes me want to delete them all from reality. For people who legit react to stuff like this with that whiny old line the correct response is "yes,... [more]
posted by poffin boffin to MetaFilter on Oct 28 at 1:48 PM
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