But Do We All Want to See Your Boobs? #freethenipple (NSFW)

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Scout Willis baring all in the name of equality.
When I first read about Scout Willis (Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter) posting topless pictures of herself in an effort to shame Instagram's no-nakedness policy, I skimmed and then moved on. Apparently, Willis was aligning her mission due to recent efforts by Instagram that pulled images of Rihanna with similarly exposed lady parts off the site. I assumed this was just a passing fad, but I seem to be wrong.

Little did I know that much of this was started by a film, Free the Nipple, that describes itself as an "equality movement" and "a mission to empower women across the world." Because women across the world are oppressed -- which they certainly are -- pushing for equality through nakedness will help. Presumably. The film mentions that it is illegal in 35 states to be topless, which includes breastfeeding. (I am not quite sure where the filmmakers get this number from, since according to the NCSL, 46 states plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that "specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location." Perhaps this law implies that you must have cover on or one of those backwards cape things, it doesn't say specifically.)

But I digress. This "movement" seems to have titillated others (such a poor pun, I know) into letting it all hang out in the name of gender rights and is now like...a thing. Just last week, model Cara Delevigne joined the movement, along with British model/actress Suki Waterhouse, among other people whom you may or may not know.

As with many movements lacking strong leaders, it's tough to say what they want. The point the film and it supporters seem to be making is why is it okay for men to walk around without shirts and not women? Why are women's bodies still being sexualized while men's are not? If we are okay with letting men walk around shirtless and not women, then we must also be okay with uneven pay scales between the genders, men affecting women's reproductive rights and all the other things that women have been fighting for. This is what I am gathering from the #freethenipple movement, although it's hard to say for sure. I don't know what they are hoping to gain, save exposure for these and other feminist agendas.

I'll say this right off the bat. This is a tough itch to scratch and I am a bit confused by my own feelings. I wanted to hash this out with a tried-and-true feminist, one who just happens not to have boobs such as I, and that person is Jef With One F. Jef is outspoken on this blog on his feelings about women's rights, and I assumed he might have some interesting thoughts. Naturally, he does.

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Oh, What the Hell; Let's Kill off Even More TV Characters

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The cast of HBO's "True Blood" in a rare, fully-clothed moment.
When I first brought up the subject of various television characters who could safely get bumped off with little impact on their respective shows, it was in response to Brian the dog's death on Family Guy. That was December of last year, and I really hadn't thought of revisiting the topic until HBO went and forced my hand with the "shocking" death in last Sunday's season premiere of True Blood. How did I know it was shocking? Because that's how it was described in every article that talked about it.

What's more surprising is that anyone still watches True Blood in the first place, but I digress.

Now that summer's officially here and most of your favorite programs are in reruns or about to be (none of you are actually Rizzoli & Isles fans, right?), it's time to look at more characters that should be put out to pasture. The Death Pasture.


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The Best of the "Topless Tour" Trend on Instagram

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Traveling to an exotic locale is awesome. There are new experiences, new foods, and new cultures, all at your fingertips. Or apparently your nipples. Well, if you're part of the new Topless Tour trend, anyway.

The brainchild of three college roommates, The Topless Tour is a social media movement meant to "unite people across the globe to feel the freedom and share their beauty with the world." So what does that mean? Well, precisely what it sounds like: The Topless Tour encourages people to go on a topless tour.


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Is the Word Faggot Still Offensive?

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The word "faggot" keeps popping up in the news, and each time it's taken just as poorly as the time before. Alec Baldwin used it derogatorily towards a photographer last year. John Lacy who was playing Big Daddy in a California production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was fired after an audience member screamed the slur at the stage during a performance and the actor jumped off the stage and got physical. And then earlier this month, actor Jonah Hill was caught on camera yelling at a paparazzo to "suck my d*ck, you faggot."

The last one surprised many as Hill is very open on his views of gay rights; he has been overtly supportive of the LGBT community.

Of course, after the incident, Hill went on a media blitz apologizing to everyone and their mom about how awful he felt, and he really didn't mean it, and he hoped that everyone would forgive him and go see his new movie 22 Jump Street.

Regardless of how sorry he is that it happened, or that he got caught, the incident raises a few questions. Firstly, where does this word even come from and why is it so offensive?

And, wait, is it still offensive?

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Game of Thrones: "I Am Your Son. I Have Always Been Your Son."

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Big impin'.
"The Children" is the title of Game of Thrones' 4th season finale. Though we can probably figure out who they were actually talking about (more on that later), the title could also refer to: a) the Lannister children, all of whom end up ... disappointing father Tywin in various ways by epsiode's end, b) the Stark children, who are (Jon Snow included) growing up and heading towards vastly different careers, or c) Daenery's dragons, no longer fully under their Mother's control.

Of course, it's *probably* in reference to the Children of the Forest, the legendary race the First Men made peace with before Aegon the Conqueror arrived on Westeros (another fact not divulged in the show for purposes of time). Looks like they've been keeping busy in the interim by taking fireball lessons from Tim the Enchanter.


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Game of Thrones: "Nothing Makes the Past a Sweeter Place to Visit than the Prospect of Imminent Death."

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Is there anyone in Westeros who *isn't* taller than Jon Snow?
Jeez, I take a week off and all this happens: fan fave Prince Oberyn took a night train to the Big Adios courtesy of the Mountain, the Hound tells everyone (well, the guards at the Eyrie) Arya is alive and well, Sansa announces her true identity to the nobles of the Vale. And the best part about those last two? Never happened in the books.

These deviations bear some consideration, now that show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have just about caught up with George R. R. Martin in print, and it was recently hinted it will now take eight -- not seven -- volumes to finish the story. With other changes (that I've hopefully detailed here sufficiently) already in place, we could be seeing even more dramatic departures.

Whatever, you're not listening, because last night was EPIC, brah! Giants! Mammoths! Hollering! Mance's wildling army finally arrived at the wall and, as was the case with the Battle of the Blackwater before it, we stayed on location -- with Jon Snow and company -- for the whole episode.

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Feeling Rejected? Try Some Diversionary Activities That Don't Involve Murder

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A simpler time.
It's been four days now since 22-year old Elliot Rodger murdered six people in Santa Barbara, CA. The deep dive into Rodger's background and motivations began within hours, but most people seem to agree that Rodger ... murdered six people in Santa Barbara, CA.

That's not entirely accurate. I think plenty of us who've watched his YouTube videos (which I did, with the sound off) or read his manifesto (which I didn't, because Voice Media couldn't pay me enough), can find common ground in a few conclusions: he was a racist:

"Full Asian men are disgustingly ugly and white girls would never go for you"


A spoiled brat:

"Joining a family of great wealth would have truly saved my life. I would have a high enough status to attract beautiful girlfriends, and live above all of my enemies. All of my horrific troubles would have been eased instantly. It is very selfish of my mother to not consider this."


An idiot:

"With my whole body filled with feverish hope, I spent $700 dollars on lottery tickets for this drawing. As I spent this money, I imagined all the amazing sex I would have with a beautiful model girlfriend I would have once I become a man of wealth"


And finally, a virulent misogynist whose rage at being denied sex with women he felt were somehow owed him for being, as he put it, a "supreme gentleman."

Are you feeling: Alienated? Undersexed? Disappointed that the life you're living isn't the life you deserve? Well, don't murder anybody until you've tried these time-tested strategies.


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Don't Be Surprised When Jay Z Doesn't Come to Your Memorial Weekend Wedding

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Let's say this out loud and not feel bad about whomever's feelings this may hurt because really they know, and if they don't, they need to: Getting married over Memorial Day weekend is sort of selfish. Getting married over any three-day weekend or nationally celebrated holiday is greedy, but there is something more so about Memorial Day. I have a few people in my life whom I love dearly who call this time -- when we should be grilling, taking in the sun, sleeping in till noon, drinking beers that have lime in them or, oh yeah, celebrating the great men and women who served for us -- their anniversaries. So, happy anniversary to you all.

We know you are not trying to be self-centered; on the contrary. It's a three-day weekend. Who wouldn't want to spend it at a wedding? You are really doing us a favor, right? You can have your wedding on the Saturday, which will give plenty of time for us to get into town and call it a "vacation" and you won't have to feel guilty. Of course, we all want to call a trip to upstate New York or Galveston our one "vacation" of the year. Or better yet, you can have your wedding on a Sunday, which is way cheaper for you, and then huzzah for us we don't have to worry about getting home late that night because we all have the next day off. And then, even better, we can go to your wedding brunch, which is exactly what we all want to do when we are hung over the next morning in an expensive hotel -- eat eggs with the creepstache uncle we drunkenly ground against to "YMCA" mere hours prior.

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Game of Thrones: "You and My Family Have More in Common Than You'd Like to Admit."

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All I could hear during this scene was Clarence Boddicker saying, "Can you fly, Bobby?"
One constant theme of the fourth season of Game of Thrones has been motherhood and the difficulties thereof. But in last night's episode, the duties and disappointments of brotherhood took center stage, with painful exchanges between Jaime and Tyrion coupled with the Hound's of hurt and betrayal after the horrible abuse of his older brother.

And let's not forget Prince Oberyn, so obsessed with revenge for his murdered sister he's willing to champion the most hated man in Kings Landing to get his chance. It's a fight I'm looking forward to, because if there's anything we need in GoT, it's more bloodshed.

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Game of Thrones: "I Wish I Was the Monster You Think I Am."

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Bros before Westeros.
Considering how Cersei-centric last week's episode was (to say nothing of Lysa and Sansa's little tête-à-tête), it probably would have been a better fit for Mother's Day than last night's Tyrion-heavy installment (his mother died giving birth to him, remember... just thinking of all the moms out there).

Still, we're now past the halfway point of season four and after a couple of somewhat meandering (and Tyrion-less) weeks, things are starting to pick up again. Proving what many of us have been saying from the get-go: More Peter Dinklage is always a good thing.

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