Articles tagged politics, gender, and the islamic past

TIFF 2015: ‘Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)’

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) offers another way to see teen sex and desire; not as deviant and deserving of punishment, but as a step toward maturity.

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Visible Language Spoken to Invisible Men: On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ 8/28/2015

The August 28 episode highlights the "rhetorical schizophrenia" that has poisoned political discourse.

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Why Not a Republican Vivisection?: On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’, 14 August 2015

If Bill Maher sees himself as a lone bulwark of reason in a puritanical country still balking at Enlightenment values, the talk-show format of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher tends to gravitate toward unenlightened left-right binaries.

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Freedom of Speech: It’s Complicated

David K. Shipler's latest is an insightful and balanced romp through the contested zones of free speech in America.

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The Odd Thing About Dissent Is the Illusion of Its Virginity

There are people in jail right now, others in early graves over this whole dissent business.

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30 Jun 2015 // 2:30 AM

Is Gender Out of Fashion?

Sex and Unisex, a history of fashion trends offers insight into changing notions of gender – and raises the possibility that the concept has outlived its usefulness.

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‘Inside Out’ and Pixar’s Girl Problem

For a company that's so smart and artistically oriented, Pixar's treatment of women has been rather shabby. With Inside Out, however, things could be looking up for the animation studio.

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Barney Frank Is the Neville Longbottom of US Politics

Barney Frank is a self-deprecator, a self-doubter, a teller of bad jokes, and a wearer of ill-fitting suits, but his talent for economics is rather like Longbottom’s talent for herbology.

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The Ongoing Conversation of Gender and Sexuality

Dutch author Maxim Februari's The Making of a Man is an interesting, if sometimes frustrating, contribution to discussions of gender and sexuality.

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27 May 2015 // 3:20 AM

Anti-Flag: American Spring

Anti-Flag have been in the game for quite a while. On American Spring, they show that it may be time to throw in the towel.

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Michelle Obama Biography Embodies Highly Specific Version of the American Dream

Michelle Obama's ideology embraces the legacy of racism versus each child’s ability and responsibility to shape her own future.

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Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism, and the Sexual Revolution

Three cultural tectonic plates came together to produce the gender revolution: the postwar baby boom, the sexual revolution, and the civil rights movement.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Rock & Roll Machine

Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?

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Le Vent du Nord - “Confédération” (audio) (Premiere)

For a catchy Francophone folk jam, look no further than "Confédération", a tune by Québéc's own Le Vent du Nord.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen Meet ‘Call of Duty’ in ‘The Interview’

Even if Sony had pulled off a successful marketing gambit with The Interview, they couldn't have masked that this is a genuinely unfunny film.

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Clarence Page Provides a Stable Treatise on the Most Hot-Button Issues

In Culture Worrier, Pulitzer Prize Winner Clarence Page tackles a multitude of issues in his intelligent newspaper columns from 1984-2014.

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‘Surgeon General’s Warning’ Provides a Fascinating History on a Controversial Position

Written in vivid detail and expertly researched, Mike Stobbe's chronicle of the office of the Surgeon General parts the curtains on some surprising heroes and brings us to a surprising conclusion.

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Mainstream Economists Are Leading America to Ruin

The challenges for Americans and other countries to grapple with are not economic ones, and they are not narrow, technically ‘scientific’ ones. They are moral and philosophical ones.

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Revisiting ‘Garden State’ 10 Years Later

Despite the film’s hipster soundtrack and depiction of twenty-something malaise, it ultimately embraces the human spirit and all of the sentimentality that goes with it.

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The Many Faces of Female Friendship in ‘Orange Is the New Black’

Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.

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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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