On Saying Sorry Is a Pretty-Girl Trick

@bonymaroni Same here. Women of suburban America should check their privilege, rethink their love of pop culture, but also never apologize? Not sure how these are connected.

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm 14

On The Oddest Book Title of the Year

"The sky above the penis was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm 0

On What's That Workout? Pure Barre

Personal pet peeve: "toning regime". "Toning" is a word used by promoters of "women's" fitness regimens/devices/apparel which is generally thought to mean "muscle definition achieved through physical exercise." Decades of (what essentially amounts to) fitness propaganda have inculcated the view that working out too much or too hard will give women "bulky, unfeminine" muscles. Heaven forbid. So instead of strength or hypertrophy or whatever else men get when they work out, we supposedly get "toning". Hence my contention that anyone who uses this word is labouring under some serious misconceptions about fitness and women's health.

I'm not even going to get into why the whole "bulky muscles" theory is bullshit, but know that "tone" (visible musculature) is a function of body fat percentage. If you reduce the amount of body fat you have by ANY METHOD (dieting, exercise, liposuction) the result will be visible muscles. They are already there, under your fat! However, no quantity of innovative ab exercises will make them visible, because those exercises are incredibly ineffectual at promoting fat loss. Be wary of any ad campaign that says otherwise.

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 2:11 am 0

On Stream Florence + the Machine's New Album, Ceremonials

Okay, watch this and tell me it's not kind of racist.


Posted on November 23, 2011 at 12:31 am 0

On Ask a Married Dude: Frackers Love Too

Dude, I'm sorry, but this is the most vague, useless advice I've ever seen in an advice column. "You owe him as much as possible"? "Examine shit"? "Fracking is probably okay, just go with your self-interest and ignore the liberal media"? "The way your sentences begin and end is problematic"? "The core qualities that cannot not be learned that impressed you are generally gained from life experiences, not school"? (What the hell does that mean?) "You're a cold-hearted automaton if you don't try to make your relationship work"? And to the girl who only has sex with her boyfriend 4 times a year and feels shitty and unloved, I just want to make it clear that the appropriate course is to DUMP HIM. For fuck's sake!

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm 7