Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Assassination of Dr Tiller and a Feminist Awakening by Alex Snider

Three years ago today, Dr George Tiller was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his church in Wichita, Kansas. He was one of three doctors in the United States that would preform late-term abortions. Before Dr Tiller was murdered, I hadn't thought much about abortion. I had friends who had had them. I knew that if I got pregnant at any point in my post-sexually active life, I wouldn't hesitate getting one myself. Beyond that though, beyond living in Canada where the right to abortion was won years ago and was fairly protected, I didn't need to think about it. I also had never thought much about late-term abortions, at the time not being entirely familiar with the terminology but if pressed I probably would have been critical of the women who needed them. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Pretty Good Swim by Alex Snider

You start out lazily enough. Pick a lane that has a woman swimming slower than you but the other option would be a lane with a man using a flutter board.  You do a few laps, waiting at each end for your lane partner to get far enough ahead before you begin again. She stops and rests and as you reach her, excited to for the chance to just continue without stopping, she jolts ahead of you.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Two Novelizations I've Read by Alex Snider

1. Adventures in Babysitting 

2. My Girl 2 

I haven't seen either movie, nor have I ever seen the original My Girl. But Adventures in Babysitting was filmed in Toronto and I've seen a lot of rock shows at the Silver Dollar where the blues scene takes place. So that's something.

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Tribe Called Red: "Sopranos Azteca" Posted by Alex Snider

Friday Fiction: Criminal Minds by Alex Snider

This is the Friday Fiction I've been wanting to write, in the immortal words of Squints, for-ev-er. For some reason Rebekah and I freaking love Criminal Minds (just kidding we know the reason: 'cause it's awesome!). We love Rossi's Cigar Afficianado personality, Morgan's extreme need to nurture and play saviour, the friendship between the gals, the quotes at the beginning and end of each episode (fun drinking game: guess the quotee!), Mandy Patinkin (we'll never stop missing you, Gideon!), the amazing guest stars they get to play super creepy unsubs (Keith Carradine – be still my heart – and Tim Curry and Number Six/Caprica), the excessive use of the word 'unsub'... Aaldf;jdslf;kdjfl;j it's so good!

Doris and Mona Have an Awkward Lunch by Alex and Allison

Doris and Mona is a segment brought to you by Alex and her friend Allison and accessories and props from the store they work at. These are the displays they make, and these are their stories. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Stroll Down Memory Lane: "The Peanut Butter Solution" by Alex Snider

We all have murky memories from our childhood, memories we're not entirely sure aren't just dreams we've convinced ourselves happened, so weird and patchy that it could really go either way. Such was the case of The Peanut Butter Solution

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Hypocrisy of the Right, Again: That Old Chestnut by Alex Snider

Hustler is disgusting. Larry Flynt is vile. This picture that was photoshopped of SE Cupp, the conservative commentator, is horrible and reprehensible. Sexualizing and dehumanizing a woman no matter what her views, is wrong. Full stop. I'm especially repulsed by the stunt because the accompanying text is chastising Cupp for her anti-choice, anti-Planned Parenthood stance. Seriously, photoshopping a dick into a woman's mouth in defence of feminist ideals, in defence of my rights is as big of a fuck you to women as any of the filth that Cupp spills on a daily basis.

Two Thoughts On Luhrmann's "Great Gatsby" by Alex Snider

1. I am disappointed so far by the soundtrack. Yes, there are only two songs featured in the trailer and one is from Watch the Throne of which my love knows no bounds, but man, the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack was *the* definitive cassette of my teen years. I expect more. (Incidentally I also had my first kiss – typo-ed kiss to be kill, yikes – in Romeo and Juliet when it played at the revue theatre where tickets cost $2.25. Those were the days. Unfortunately the boy turned out to be horrible and after we broke up he took to alternately calling me "tight" and a "whore". That doesn't even make sense.) Maybe Luhrmann should just use that soundtrack over and over? When the fireworks exploded I couldn't have been the only one expecting Kym Mazelle's Young Hearts Run Free to start playing.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Azealia Banks: "Jumanji" and "Liquorice" Posted by Alex Snider

Am I just going to keep posting every new Azealia Banks track? So long as they're wicked awesome, yes.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Chill Bump: "It's Alive!" Posted by Alex Snider

I dig this so hard.

Wut? Posted by Alex Snider

So this is my brother in a commercial. I was not aware that this existed. Weird, right?

Oh Mama: A Photo Essay by Alex Snider and Rebekah Hakkenberg

Happy Mother's Day to the most important women in our lives: Our mothers, our grandmothers. Thank you for the love, the lessons, the support and for always believing in us. We are the women we are today because of you. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Top 10 Bloopers of the NBA Regular Season (A Basketball Post?) by Rebekah Hakkenberg

1:59 is my favourite.

RIP MCA. 1964-2012. by Rebekah Hakkenberg

“I want to say a little something that’s long overdue/ The disrespect to women has got to be through/ To all the mothers and sisters and wives and friends/ I want to offer my love and respect to the end."
- Adam Yauch

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

And Another Reason to Love Stephen King Posted by Alex Snider

Stephen King: weaver of nightmares, emphatic teller of truth, has won my heart again. His  recent post at The Daily Beast, in which he skewers the (ridiculous) arguments against taxing rich folk is full of scorn, snark and the word "fuck" in its many forms. An excerpt: