What The Bechdel Test Is And Why Every Movie In Hollywood Needs To Pass It

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Think of the last movie you watched and answer this: Did women talk to other women about anything other than men? Jobs, friendships, politics, life … seriously, anything else other than men? Let me be more specific: How can you tell whether a movie does a sucky job with its female characters? Well, pretty easily […]

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Jon Stewart Of America Meets The Jon Stewart Of Egypt, And Hilarity Ensues

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Last summer, Jon Stewart stopped by the Egyptian TV show “Al Bernameg,” hosted by the brave and hilarious Bassem Youssef (dubbed by some “Egypt’s Jon Stewart”). Amidst the silliness, they end up having a pretty poignant discussion about the power of humor and satire in difficult situations from New York to Cairo and everywhere in […]

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Excuse Me While I Point Out Something Great About This Jim Carrey Clip Everyone Is Talking About

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If you saw the Jim Carrey/Iggy Azalea episode of “Saturday Night Live,” you saw the Halloween sketch in which Carrey and Kate McKinnon parodied Sia’s “Chandelier” music video which features an intricate contemporary modern dance routine. Don’t get me wrong: Their performances were great, but my favorite part of the sketch happened before those two […]

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Some Geek Boys Called These Geek Girls 'Fake.' They Certainly Won't Be Making That Mistake Again.

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If you’re a lady-human of the geek persuasion, you’ve probably had a run-in or two with dude-geeks who think you just aren’t geeky enough (whatever that means). OK … so I can’t speak Vulcan? That doesn’t mean I’m not a true “Star Trek” fan. And besides, Mr. Dude-Geek, even if you do make this kind […]

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Disney Slimmed Down An Iconic Figure, And Here’s Why That Was A Really Awful Thing To Do

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Ursula (the sea witch from “The Little Mermaid”) has always been considered a villain, but after listening to this, I’m thinking she’s kiiiiiiind of a hero. To more people than you’d think. Sure, Ariel had her itty-bitty seashell bikini, but Ursula “made back fat f*cking sexy.” And we need more of that kind of bravery […]

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Jon Stewart Made A Dramatic Movie Called 'Rosewater,' And The Trailer Gives Me Chills

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Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show” and one of my favorite people when it comes to speaking truth to power, took a summer off last year to shoot a movie. Not star in it, but actually write and direct it. It’s not a comedy. It’s based on the true story of Maziar Bahari, a […]

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Some People Get Uncomfortable With This Comedian's Material. He Can't Help That It's Real Life.

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Comedians have the power to reach wide audiences and expose people to difficult conversations that most of us would never think to have at the dinner table or at a party — or possibly never really consider at all. Props to what comedian Hari Kondabolu and others like him are doing. They’re so on point. […]

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True Story: One Of TV's Most Inspiring Women Almost Gave Up. Guess Who Persuaded Her Not To?

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He’s like: “I’ll just take a quick detour from leading one of the most important movements in American history to preserve diversity in media and save one of your favorite TV shows.” I’m like: *jaw drops*. Read more: http://upworthy.com/true-story-one-of-tvs-most-inspiring-women-almost-gave-up-guess-who-persuaded-her-not-to

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Nintendo Got In Trouble For The Lack Of Equality In Their Video Games. They Responded Like Adults.

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John Oliver’s awesome HBO show, “Last Week Tonight,” covered the recent campaign to get Nintendo to represent all communities in its new video game where straight characters can do anything, including get married, but gay characters can’t. In a rare example of companies doing the right thing, Nintendo responded eloquently and forthrightly, admitting their error […]

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When A Comedian Was Rushed To A Psychiatric Unit, She Discovered A Funny Way To Approach Herself

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Maria Bamford is one of the top comedians in the country. And like many other people, she suffers from bipolar disorder. Maria has discovered a website that helps her cope with the stigma of treating mental illness by using humor and community. Read more: http://upworthy.com/when-a-comedian-was-rushed-to-a-psychiatric-unit-she-discovered-a-funny-way-to-approach-herself

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