The Stitch In My Side: Renavigating Racial Identity Through “Lilo & Stitch”

While Lilo & Stitch masquerades as a cartoonish, feel good science-fiction comedy, the real themes of the film touch on a much deeper emotion — a sense of family, of belonging — that’s almost impossible to capture in words. The film had the power to help me process my own childhood as a second-generation Japanese American, and to see value in my family’s cultural traditions. Read More The Stitch In My Side: Renavigating Racial Identity Through “Lilo & Stitch”

This Week in Misogyny is One Big Pile of Shit

Buckle up, everyone, it’s about to get rough up in here. Hobby Lobby went before the Supreme Court this week, so that could really suck if the court sides with them. Our new weekly list of terrible people is just ridiculous today, and schools are also being particularly shitty. But to balance that out, we have a few scathingly funny critics of bro culture. And dick pics! Sorta. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is One Big Pile of Shit

Spam with a Side of Sunshine

Even though I’d never had any desire to go to Hawaii, I knew what to expect: hot sun, rolling waves, sand everywhere. It was these expectations that made it so I never wanted to visit. I hate the heat, I can swim but am blind without my glasses (so wear them and lose them in the water or not wear them and swim right into a shark), and sand gets into everything. So it was to my great surprise that I booked a ticket for a week’s vacation in Waikiki in 2007. I wanted to get away from everything from awhile, and Portland to Honolulu was the cheapest ticket. Read More Spam with a Side of Sunshine

The Good Old Days — Not

Don’t get me wrong, nostalgia has a big place in my life. I love elements of the past, including Victorian novels, big band music from the 1920s, and full-skirted cocktail dresses from the 1950s. But I wouldn’t want to live in any of those eras, largely for practical considerations. I was one of those annoying kids who couldn’t read The Little House books without wondering how and where they went to the bathroom, and much as I love Jane Austen-esque romance, I wouldn’t really want to live without antibiotics, electricity, or the ability of women to own and inherit property, which of course was the issue driving most of the romance anyhow. Read More The Good Old Days — Not

Science News: 11/13/13

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Lots of good news this week, from asteroids that aren’t going to kill us all to several awesome new species (and babies of everyone’s favorite new species of the year). Also, updates on the supposed global wine shortage and early puberty epidemic. On the terrible end of the spectrum, though, there’s Haiyan. Read More Science News: 11/13/13

Friday News Bites: More Marriage Equality

Happy Friday, everyone! Are you suffering from a candy hangover? A regular hangover? Well, let’s take it easy on you and offer up some good news to end your week.

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What You Need to Know About Volcanoes

Most of us are unlikely to ever be directly affected by a volcano, but they’re still absolutely fascinating. They come in far more varieties than most people think, so let’s take a closer look at the different kinds of volcanoes and eruptions. Read More What You Need to Know About Volcanoes