Melissa McEwan

"Horrible Bosses": Great Title, Terrible Movie Premise

 A year ago, I wrote about New Line's "workplace murder comedy" Horrible Bosses, which was billed as the story of "three best friends who, frustrated by their jobs, come to the conclusion the only solution is to kill one another's bosses." Obviously a hilarious premise, because workplace violence (particularly committed by entitled, aggrieved, disgruntled white men) is such an extraordinary absurdity that it's totes appropriate for a punchline.

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Is American Idol Having Its Most Racist, Sexist Season Yet?

[Spoiler Warning: This post includes discussion of who was voted off American Idol last night. Trigger warning for racism, sexism.]

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Let's Get This Straight: There Is No Progressive Equivalent to the Right's Violent Rhetoric

[Trigger warning for violent rhetoric of many different stripes.]

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Utah Miscarriage Law Reduces Women to Fetus Incubators

Last week, Utah governor Gary Herbert signed into law Utah HB 462, known ignominiously as "the miscarriage bill". It was a reworked version of the original bill, introduced by Republican State Representative Carl D Wimmer, adjusted to address criticisms that the initial language "could have got women sent away for lifelong prison terms for falling down stairs or staying in an abusive relationship". The revised version "designates the 'intentional or knowing' miscarriage as criminal homicide" and "stipulates that a woman can be charged with homicide for 'the death of her unborn child', unless the death qualifies as legal abortion".

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Why Is the Washington Post Giving a Platform to Richard Cohen's Outrageous Sexism?

Actual Headline of the piece by WaPo columnist Richard Cohen: Why is there no female Tiger Woods?

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Enough Crowing Over Carrie Prejean's Sex Tape "Hypocrisy"

I don't care how many tapes Carrie Prejan made of herself masturbating. I don't care how many nude or semi-nude photos she shot of herself or let other people shoot of her. I don't care if she had breast augmentation surgery. I don't care what she does with her body or what she does sexually, as long as it's consensual.

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Anti-Rape Activist Gabrielle Union Speaks Out About Her Own Rape and the Richmond, CA Gang Rape

Actress and anti-rape activist Gabrielle Union, blogging about her reaction to commentary about the Richmond rape case and about her own rape (ellipses original):

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